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Let the Games Begin!

Posted: August 14th, 2018 | Posted in: General News

If you weren’t lucky enough to take part in this year’s Mey Games and first EVER Adaptive Highland Games don’t worry!
Never one to miss a celebration, Mackays was right there embracing the day of quintessentially Scottish celebrations, here’s a run down of Caithness’s summer highlight.

The Games

The 2018 event was the first Highland games to include para-athletes’ events, allowing people with physical, vision and intellectual disabilities to compete.

These developments are ongoing from 2017 ‘re-vamp’ of the games, which saw Prince Charles – known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland – attending.

The duke, whose late grandmother, the Queen Mother, regularly attended the games during her summer stays at the Castle of Mey, continued the legacy, visiting the celebrations for a tour of the various marquees of local produce and vendors.

Organised by the Wick, Canisbay and Latheron branch of the RBLS, Capt Otley (current chairman) stated that all of the proceeds collected during the games will be going towards supporting the veterans and their families within the branch area.

The RBLS is renowned for its ongoing veteran support and focused ethos towards military support and participation inclusion. This support is extended globally, with a visit to Australia in April this year to mark ANZAC Day. From these efforts, the RBLS were delighted to welcome para-athletes from Australia to take part in the historic event.

The Athletes

The first of its kind, the Mey Games were unique in welcoming both para and Invictus athletes to compete in traditional Highland competitions. The festivities welcomed sixty para-athletes, who had traveled across the UK and from the far reaches of America and Australia to participate in the historic event.

The 2018 Games aimed to be bigger and better than ever before, hosting more marquees and athletes to ensure that this summer highlight was sure to put Caithness on the map.

And true to their goal, they surely were!

Time for a tipple

No Highland adventure would be complete without a wee dram of our beloved whisky.

Always one for tradition, Mackays were delighted to have our very own Murray present HRH, the Duke of Rothesay with Mackays’ private casking of our treasured local, Old Pulteney whisky!

Great celebrations, fantastic flavours and even better company – all in a day’s work for Mackays!

Be sure not to miss out on next year’s Mey Games for an even bigger celebration of all things Scottish!

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