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A list of Highland Games in Scotland to Visit with Websites, Postcodes and links to Reviews and Maps where possible.

Highland Games are mainly sporting events that take place throughout the summer in Scottish towns. The origin of the games is thought to have been from gatherings of Clans to determine their top warriors. Today, Highland Games are held throughout the world, by families having connections to Scotland.

The weeks for the events listed here are when the games are normaly held, check the websites to confirm the dates.

Click on the PostCodes for Maps and Reviews.

Official Highland Games / The Big Seven

Braemar Gathering 57 miles west of Aberdeen/ September 1st week
The Gathering, always held on the first Saturday in September, is world famous for its friendship and hospitality which we look forward to sharing with many visitors to our Park beneath the encircling heather clad hills. Has attracted spectators of about 20,000 including Royalty.
www.braemargathering.org . UDS Page . Postcode: AB35 5YX .

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Bridge of Allan Highland Games
by Stirling/ August 1st week
Bridge of Allan is one of Scotland's premier Highland Games attracting crowds of between 10,000 and 15,000. The games field is situated in a spectacular setting nestled between Stirling Castle, The Ochil Hills and the Wallace Monument.
www.bofagames.com . UDS Page . Postcode: FK9 4QP .

bridge of allan highland games

Burntisland Highland Games 21 miles north of Edinburgh/ July 3rd week
These games are the second oldest in the world dating back to 1652. They were originally held on St Peter's day (29th June) but have changed over the years to the third Monday of July. The market day tradition is kept alive with a large number of market traders descending on the town for the day with crowds of 50,000 in 2004 attending the games, market and summer fairground which also visits Burntisland during the summer months.
UDS Page . Postcode: KY3 9AH.

burntisland highland games

Cowal Highland Gathering Dunoon/34 miles west of Glasgow/August 4th week
The Cowal Highland Gathering is one of the largest and most spectacular Highland gatherings in the world. Cowal attracts more than 3,500 competitors ­ many from Scottish Communities-in-exile from throughout Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The event regularly attracts over 20,000 spectators. Phone number 01369 703 206.
www.cowalgathering.com . UDS Page . Postcode: PA23 7DT .

cowal highland gathering

Loch Lomond Highland Games Balloch/27 miles northwest of Glasgow/ July 3rd week
The Games were started in July 1967 by a group of local businessmen who were keen to promote the area and restore its popularity with local people and tourists alike. Thirty eight years on we appear to have achieved that aim and are now numbered amongst the top three or four Highland games in the country, with approximately 10-15,000 visitors coming through the gates each year.
llhgb.com . UDS Page . Postcode: G83 8SW .

loch lomond highland games

Lonach Gathering Strathdon 45 miles west of Aberdeen/ August 4th week
Join us every year on the 4th Saturday in August for Scotland's friendliest Highland Games. The Lonach Gathering, which often pulls a crowd of over 10,000 in Strathdon is, according to Secretary George Thomson, "part of life up here, handed down through your family. It's traditional: no parachutes, no motorbikes." It also, however, regularly draws Billy Connolly, who has a home in the area, and his showbiz friends. Situated 42 miles west of Aberdeen. Phone number 01339 741 098.
. Postcode: AB36 8UL .

lonach gathering highland games

North Berwick Highland Games 28 miles east of Edinburgh/ August 1st week
The Games continues to attract considerable support from the local community but with more and more visitors coming every year, an attendance of 15,000 has become the norm. Many visitors appreciate not only the spectacle of the Highland Games itself but also the opportunity to visit the charming seaside town of North Berwick. Situated on the coast of the Firth of Forth just 25 miles from the centre of Edinburgh.
northberwickhighlandgames.org . UDS Page . Postcode: EH39 4AP .

north berwick highland games

Official Highland Games

Abernethy Highland Games Nethybridge 30 miles southeast of Inverness/ August 2nd week
As well as the usual dancing, piping, and field & track events, the fun morning programme for children has proved to be of enormous appeal, making a full day of a visit to the Games, and a “must” for families. Towards the end of the programme, the tug o’ war has enjoyed a rebirth as an inter-village competition and no doubt the “Nethy Bridge Trophy”, and serious prize money will be even more fiercely contested next year. Situated 36 miles southeast of Inverness.
www.nethybridge.com/highlandgames . Postcode: PH25 3DA .


Aboyne Highland Games 30 miles southwest of Aberdeen/ August 1st week
The village of Aboyne is situated in the heart of Royal Deeside approximately 30 miles from Aberdeen on the A93. The attractive village has evolved since being laid out in 1676 around the large village green, where the now famous Highland Games are held annually in August, attracting visitors from all over the world.
www.aboynegames.com . UDS Page . Postcode: AB34.


Airth Highland Games 8 miles southeast of Stirling/ July 4th week
Airth Highland Games has a long history, going back to 1871, in fact, it may be that their origins are even further buried in the mists of time than that for there is a local legend that they stem from the games and sports played by Prince James's rebel soldiers camping in Airth in 1488, on their way to the battle of Sauchieburn. Situated 30 miles northwest of Edinburgh.
www.airthgames.co.uk . UDS Page . Postcode: FK2 8JF .


Argyllshire Gathering and The Oban Games Oban/ August 4th week
Every August, Oban is the place to be to enjoy a highland games that is unsurpassed by any other. In the Track and Field events and in the Dancing many of the competitions are for Scottish championship titles and in the solo Piping, the competitions are for World championship titles. These are the pre-eminent piping competitions in the world and the only ones of this standard still to be held in the great outdoors.
www.obangames.com . UDS Page . Postcode: PA34 5NZ .


Bathgate & West Lothian Highland Games 26 miles west of Edinburgh/ May 4th week
Bathgate & West Lothian Highland Games takes place on the last Saturday in May in Meadow Park, Bathgate and has done so since 1973. The games consists of a pipe band contest, solo piping competition, highland dancing competition, hill race and heavy athletics. Held at Bathgate 21 miles west of Edinburgh, 28 miles east of Glasgow.
westlothianhighlandgames.com . UDS Page . Postcode: EH48 2AB .


Bearsden and Milngavie Highland Games 5 miles northwest of Gasgow/ June 2nd week
The Bearsden and Milngavie Highland Games attracted over 10,000 visitors in 2007 and it will be bigger and better for 2008. The Highland games will be held on the 14th June 2008, and they will provide a great Scottish day out for family, tourists, sports people, shoppers and funseekers. Held at Milngavie 7 miles north of Glasgow.
www.bearsdenmilngaviehighlandgames.com . UDS Page . Postcode: G62 6AQ.


Birnam Highland Games 13 miles north of Perth/ August 4th week
The Birnam Highland Games are traditional Scottish Highland Games held amidst stunning Perthshire scenery. The games have been held annually since 1864 and we warmly invite you to come along next year to experience for yourself the fun and culture that has kept the Games so popular for over a century. Situated about 60 miles north of Edinburgh, 70 miles north of Glasgow.
www.birnamhighlandgames.com . UDS Page . Postcode: PH8 0BG.


Bute Highland Games Island of Bute/Rothesay/ August 3rd week
Getting here is easy with dependable regular ferry crossings. From the north and western isles, travel to Colintraive ferry terminal for the ferry to Rhubodach. Then by road to Rothesay. If coming from the east, head for Wemyss Bay on the north Ayrshire coast (road and rail) and take the Cal Mac ferry to Rothesay...simple.
butehighlandgames.org . UDS Page . Postcode: PA20 0.


Callander Highland Games 16 miles northwest of Stirling/ July 4th week
Don't miss the fun or the grand opening parade - arrive early, better still come on Friday and stay overnight to enjoy Callander before the games start. Situated 15 miles northwest of Stirling.
www.incallander.co.uk/highgames . UDS Page . Postcode: FK57.


Ceres Highland Games 8 miles west of St Andrews/ June 4th week.
Ceres Games are the oldest free games in Scotland, always held on the last Saturday of the month of June, every year (except for war) since the charter to hold the Games was given to the people of the village by Robert Bruce in 1314 in recognition of their support at the battle of Bannockburn Situated 15 miles south of Dundee, 43 miles north of Edinburgh.
. UDS Page . Map.


Crieff Highland Gathering 17 miles west of Perth/ August 3rd week
The first Crieff Highland Gathering was in 1870 and has occured every year since with the two exceptions of 1914-18 and 1939-49 when no gatherings took place. Situated 17 miles west of Perth.
. UDS Page . Postcode: PH7 3AN .


Cupar Highland Games 9 miles west of St Andrews/ June 2nd week.
The Games are now an ‘Open’ event under Scottish Games Association rules and are included in the F.H.G.A. circuits. Situated 44 miles north of Edinburgh.
. UDS Page . Postcode: KY15 5AS .


Drumtochty Highland Games 9 miles west of Montrose/Aberdeenshire/ June 4th week
If it is the fourth Saturday in June it must be Auchenblae and the "Drumtochty Highland Games". Top competitors attend and records are broken. Held in the grounds of Drumtochty Castle in Drumtochty Glen just 2 miles outside Auchenblae, any visitor will agree there is no better place to be on the fourth Saturday in June.
UDS Page
. Postcode: AB30 1TP .


Dufftown Highland Games 52 miles northwest of Aberdeen July 4th week
A full programme of Light and Heavy Events, Massed Pipe Bands, Highland Dancing and Refreshments. Dufftown and District Games Ltd. is registered with the S.G.A. the S.O.B.H.D. and the S.A.F. Athletes who regard themselves as amateurs may take part without affecting their status. Enquiries are welcome. Situated 52 miles west of Aberdeen, 61 miles east of Inverness.
. UDS Page . Postcode: AB55 4AS .


Dundonald Games 4 miles northeast of Troon in Ayrshire/ August 2nd week
At Royal Dundonald Castle in Ayrshire, Scotland, Pipe Band Contest (Grades 1, 2, 3 & 4), Solo Piping Contest (Snr/Juv, March, Strathspey and Reel), Highland Dancing and Heavy Events. Entertainment from 12 noon, free entry. Situated 12 miles northeast of Ayr.
. UDS Page . Postcode: KA2 9DW .


Forres Highland Games 27 miles east of Inverness/ July 1st week
Forres is one of Scotland's oldest small towns, and also one of its most attractive. Forres in Moray is situated just off the A96 about 27 miles east of the Highland capital of Inverness.
. UDS Page . Postcode: IV36 3ED .


Glenurquhart Highland Gathering and Games 18 miles south of Inverness/ August 4th week
Traditional Highland Games at Blairbeg Park, beside Loch Ness at the village of Drumnadrochit, where the Loch Ness monster museum is situated and monster hunt boat excursions depart from, 14 miles south of Inverness.
. UDS Page . Postcode: IV63 6TX .


Halkirk Highland Games 6 miles south of Thurso/north Highlands/ July 4th week
Every summer, on the last Saturday in July, up to 5,000 visitors and locals flock to the village of Halkirk in Caithness (pop. 1,000) for a day of traditional and spectacular Scottish sport. They are guaranteed to be enthralled in watching over 100 competitors, many being national or world champions, challenging each other for various championship titles.
. Postcode: KW12 6XN.


Helmsdale Highland Games 68 miles north of Inverness north Highlands/ August 3rd week
Nestling below Creag Bunillidh the traditional Highland fishing village of Helmsdale is the ideal base from which to explore Sutherland. Situated at the mouth of the River Helmsdale (from which it takes its name) it has a lot to offer the visitor to this years Highland Games. Situated 68 miles north of Inverness.
. UDS Page . Postcode: KW8 6LQ .


Inveraray Highland Games 63 miles northwest of Glasgow/ July 3rd week
The Highland Games consist of many events, where traditional skills in Piping, Highland Dancing and Athletics are demonstrated by experts from all over Great Britain. Why not come along and get involved in one of the events. Situated 63 miles northwest of Glasgow.
. UDS Page . Postcode: PA32 8UY.


Inverness Highland Games July 3rd week
Tulloch Inverness Highland Games and World Highland Games Championships - one of Scotland's largest Highland games. These games are renowned for the quality of their heavy event competitions. Spectators normaly are about 4000 - 6000.
. UDS Page . Postcode: IV1 1DX .


Killin International Highland Games 37 miles north of Stirling/ August 1st week
Athletes from across the world come to Killin for the games held at Breadalbane Park. Killin is situated 36 miles north of Stirling.
. UDS Page . Postcode: FK21 8UH .


Lewis Highland Games Isle of Lewis far northeast/ July
The Lewis Highland Games at Tong, 3 miles north of Stornoway, is becoming one of the major summertime events on the unspoilt and uniquely different islands of the Outer Hebrides, and is rightfully gaining its place on the world Highland Games competitors' circuit.
. UDS Page . Postcode: HS1 2DR .


Lochaber Highland Games Fort William/ July 4th week
Fort William is host to Lochaber Highland Games on the last Satuday of July each year. The Games are held on the field at An Aird and enjoy a great backdrop of Ben Nevis and Cow Hill. Fort William is situated 65 miles southwest of Inverness, 103 miles north of Glasgow.
. Postcode: PH33 7LY.


Lochcarron Highland Games 62 miles west of Inverness close to the Isle of Skye/ July 3rd week
"The Friendly Games" held in beautiful Wester Ross in the North West Highlands of Scotland. Lochcarron Highland Games feature the traditional mixture of heavy events, track and field plus highland dancing and piping displays (these are not competitions). Lochcarron is situated 62 miles west of Inverness.
. UDS Page . Postcode: IV54 8YG .


Mallaig and Morar Highland Games 42 miles northwest of Fort William/ August 1st week
The Mallaig and Morar Highland Games are a small but very popular and friendly games. The Games always attract a wonderful mixture of local people and people from all over the world including Canada, Australia, America, as well as across the U.K. and Europe. Mallaig is situated 86 miles north of Oban, 104 miles southwest of Inverness.
. UDS Page . Postcode: PH41 4PU .


Mull Highland Games Tobermory on the Isle of Mull 31 miles northwest of Oban/ July
Held every year at Erray Park in Tobermory during the month of July. Traditional Scottish Highland Games.
. UDS Page . Postcode: PA75 6PR .


Nairn Highland Games 16 miles northeast of Inverness/August 3rd week
Nairn is one of the largest amateur gatherings in the North.The first Nairn Highland Games took place 140 years ago in 1867. Nairn is situated 16 miles northeast of Inverness.
. UDS Page . Postcode: IV12 4AU .


Newburgh Highland Games and Coble Boat Race 11 miles southeast of Perth/ June 3rd week
The town of Newburgh occupies a picturesque setting on the south bank of the Tay estuary just on the Fife side of the Fife/Perthshire border. The games take place in a wonderful natural amphitheatre in Mugdrum Estate (courtesy of estate owners). The annual double handed Cobble Boat Race takes place on the river Tay the night before.
. UDS Page . Postcode: KY14 6DA .


Newtonmore Highland Games 45 miles south of Inverness/ August 1st week
As usual we have the spectacular sights of the Clan Macpherson Annual Rally and March to the Games. We expect to welcome many clansmen from all parts of the globe. Newtonmore is situated in the Highlands of Scotland close to the Cairngorm and Monadhliath Mountains , near the resort of Aviemore , some 70 miles north of Perth and 45 miles south of Inverness.
. UDS Page . Postcode: PH20 1DA .


Peebles Highland Games 22 miles south of Edinburgh/ September
We consider our present Games to be among the best non-championship events, providing a more relaxed atmosphere at the end of the competition season. Peebles is situated 22 miles south of Edinburgh.
. UDS Page . Postcode: EH45 8AJ .


Shotts Highland Games 22 miles east of Glasgow/ June 1st week
Around forty pipe bands play for the West of Scotland Championship and the Open Contest and over 100 dancers take part in the Highland Dancing competitions for five age groups. Situated between Glasgow and Edinburgh.
. Postcode: ML7 4JN.


Skye Highland Games Isle of Skye 120 miles west of Inverness/August 1st week
The Games at Portree consist of Heavy Field Events, Athletics, Piping, Highland Dancing and Sailing, which will consist of a single race for all classes of yacht.
. UDS Page . Postcode: IV51 9EJ .


Stirling Highland Games/ July 2nd week
A great day out for all the family – something for everyone to enjoy.
. UDS Page . Postcode: FK8.


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