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Posted: June 16th, 2019 | Posted in: Events, General News

When you think about Scotland there are some aspects that instantly spark into your mind. Kilts, bagpipes, strong men throwing ‘trees’ – all of these things are deeply embedded into the culture of Scotland over the years. If you crave to experience all of these Scottish rarities in the same location, the Scottish Highland games are a sure-fire way to dive deep into roots of our rather unique culture.

What are the Scottish Highland Games?

The Games are a traditional show of athleticism and strength. With over 80 locations in Scotland holding their own showpieces between May and September, there’s a celebration catered for everyone this summer!

Yet in between the challenges of local champions, the bagpipes are blowing, and the whisky is flowing! That’s right, there’s far more to the Highland games than the traditional demonstrations of strength. If you don’t quite fancy entering as a challenger in your local region, each game hosts a fine selection of Scottish produce, music and our flare for dancing.

If you fancy an escape into the wildness of the Highlands, Caithness is blessed with a variety of Games which feature some of the finest aspects of Scottish life.

Halkirk Games

Saturday 27th July 2019

Established in 1886, the Halkirk games are a premier sporting event in the North of Scotland. Offering prize money over £16,000 you are guaranteed to witness some of the country’s best amateur and professional competitors!

This Scottish version of the mini Olympics is comprised of nearly 100 events of all talent groups. Whether you are a fan of the kilted strongmen with their wooden cabers or prefer a classic game of tug of war, there’s something for everybody when it comes to sport!

Culture oozes out around the arena where you will find pipers, Highland dancers, a fun fair and wide selection of food and drink marquees promoting the finest of local produce.

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Photo credit: Billy Husband of Wolburn Photography

Mey Games

3 August 2019, John O Groats

If you are seeking a family friendly event which celebrates the unique culture, hospitality and talents of the North Highlands, the Mey Games is the event for you!

First held in the village of Mey to celebrate HRH the Queen Mother’s 70th birthday, the games continue to enjoy the support of their official chieftain HRH Prince Charles.

Experience Highland hospitality at its best with the incredible feats of sportsmanship, a wonderous selection of local produce and the serenade of our beloved pipe bands.

If you need further encouragement, the Mey Highland Games are the first of its kind in Scotland to welcome adaptive athletes with this year marking the return of Help for Heroes competitors. Don’t miss the chance to witness sportsmanship and resilience at its most impressive.

Read more about the upcoming games.

Mey Highland Games

Helmsdale Games

Saturday 17th August 2019

Enjoy a fantastic day out for all of the family with the combination of local heavy events and children’s mini Highland Games!

The Games begin with the annual Games Parade from the village to Couper Park, followed by an installation of the Games Chieftain, the Official Opening and the Raising of the Games Flag.

The traditional ceremony is shortly followed by the variety of traditional games, tug of war, side shows and a selection of family fun events.

Our favourite highlight?

Be sure to bring your dancing shoes! The games are home to love music and an afternoon Ceilidh guaranteed to have you swinging into the rhythm of Scotland!

Read more about the Helmsdale Games.

If you would like to make a holiday out of your immersion into Scottish culture, Mackays hotel are perfectly located to cater to your holiday needs? What better way to celebrate all things Scottish than to stay on Scotland’s (and the worlds!) Smallest Street with award winning Scottish produce?

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