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Highland Games North Scotland

A list of Highland Games in North 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

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Braemar Gathering 57 miles west of Aberdeen/ September 1st week. The Gathering is world famous for friendship and hospitality at our Park beneath the encircling heather clad hills. Has attracted spectators of about 20,000 including Royalty.
Website . RS Page . AB35 5YX

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Lonach Gathering Strathdon 45 miles west of Aberdeen/ August 4th week. Often sees a crowd of over 10,000 in Strathdon, a traditional games, no parachutes, no motorbikes, but often attracts Billy Connolly, who has a home in the area, and his showbiz friends. Phone number 01339 741 098.
. Postcode: AB36 8UL

Official Highland Games

Abernethy Highland Games Nethybridge 30 miles southeast of Inverness/ August 2nd week. Dancing, piping, field & track events, and the fun morning programme for children that have become popular, a must for families. Close to the end of the programme, the tug o’ war is popular for “Nethy Bridge Trophy”, and serious prize money.
Website . Postcode: PH25 3DA


Aboyne Highland Games 30 miles southwest of Aberdeen/ August 1st week. The village of Aboyne is situated in Royal Deeside with the village being laid out in 1676 around the large village green, where the now famous Highland Games are held annually, attracting visitors from all over the world.
Website . UDS Page . AB34


Argyllshire Gathering and The Oban Games Oban/ August 4th week. Oban is the place to be when the highland games take place with Track and Field events, as well as Dancing and Piping with many competitions for Scottish championship and World championship titles.
Website . RS Page . PA34 5NZ


Dufftown Highland Games 52 miles northwest of Aberdeen July 4th week. Light and Heavy Events, Massed Pipe Bands and Highland Dancing. Amature athletes can take part without affecting their status. Enquiries are welcome. Situated 52 miles west of Aberdeen, 61 miles east of Inverness.
. RS Page . AB55 4AS


Forres Highland Games 27 miles east of Inverness/ July 1st week. One of Scotland's oldest small towns, and scenic. Forres in Moray is situated just off the A96 about 27 miles east of Inverness.
. RS Page . IV36 3ED


Glenurquhart Highland Gathering and Games 18 miles south of Inverness/ August 4th week. Traditional 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.
. RS Page . IV63 6TX


Halkirk Highland Games 6 miles south of Thurso/north Highlands/ July 4th week. Up to 5,000 visitors and locals visit the village of Halkirk in Caithness (pop. 1,000) for a day of traditional Scottish sport. There are over 100 competitors, many being national or world champions, challenging for various championship titles.
. Postcode: KW12 6XN


Helmsdale Highland Games 68 miles north of Inverness north Highlands/ August 3rd week. A traditional Highland fishing village, an ideal base to explore Sutherland. Situated at the mouth of the River Helmsdale with a lot to offer the visitor to this years Highland Games.
. UDS Page . KW8 6LQ


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


Lewis Highland Games Isle of Lewis far northeast/ July. At Tong, 3 miles north of Stornoway, one of the major events on the islands of the Outer Hebrides, gaining its place on the world Highland Games circuit.
. UDS Page . HS1 2DR


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


Lochcarron Highland Games 62 miles west of Inverness close to the Isle of Skye/ July 3rd week. Referred to as The Friendly Games, and held in beautiful Wester Ross in the North West Highlands, feature a traditional mix of heavy events, track and field plus highland dancing and piping displays
. UDS Page . IV54 8YG


Mallaig and Morar Highland Games 42 miles northwest of Fort William/ August 1st week. A small but very popular and friendly games that attract a 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.
. RS Page . PH41 4PU


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


Nairn Highland Games 16 miles northeast of Inverness/August 3rd week. One of the largest amateur gatherings in the North with thier first Games taking place in 1867.
. RS Page . IV12 4AU


Newtonmore Highland Games 45 miles south of Inverness/ August 1st week. See the spectacular sights of the Clan Macpherson March to the Games. We welcome clansmen from all parts of the globe. Newtonmore is situated close to the Cairngorm and Monadhliath Mountains, near the resort of Aviemore , some 70 miles north of Perth and 45 miles south of Inverness.
. RS Page . PH20 1DA


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


Guides to most Scottish Highland Games

Scotland's Highland Games
Scottish Highland Games in Scotland, Caber Tossing, results, Message board, News section and Links.

Highland Games Inverness & North

Highland Games by Edinburgh

Highland Games by Glasgow

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