Highland Games in Scotland 2019
Scotland is renowned for its Highland Games and Gatherings which are some of the most popular events on the summer calendar for tourists and locals alike. The season stretches from May to September up and down the country. Here's our list of Highland Games for 2019. If you're interested, you can also read our blog about the history of Highland Games.
Annual agricultural shows and country shows are another occasion for the local community to gather and celebrate their successes so we've included them on this page. You can also see more 2019 event listings on our web site.
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Gourock Highland Games
12 May 2019 Inverclyde
Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair
19 May 2019 near Fochabers in Moray
Events all weekend. Vintage Village, music, local food producers, unique crafts and gifts, gun dogs, terrier racing, falconry displays, rare breeds, Clydesdale horses, and racing pigs.
Blackford Highland Games
25 May 2019
Near Gleneagles and Auchterarder in Perthshire
Drymen Agricultural Show
25 May 2019, Drymen, Loch Lomond
West Lothian Highland Games
25 May 2019
Highland Gathering and Atholl Highlanders' Parade
25 - 26 May 2019 at Blair Castle, Perthshire
Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games
1 June 2019
Road to the Isles Agricultural Show
9 June 2018, West Highlands
Popular annual event for all the family by the famous Camusdarach beach ('Local Hero' movie) near Arisaig and Mallaig.
8 June 2019 at Brechin.
Annual agricultural show with live stock, fun fair, trade stands, craft marquee, horse and hound, tractor pulling, dancing displays, pipe bands and lots more.
Ardrossan Highland Games
9 June 2019, North Ayrshire
Aberdeen Highland Games
16 June 2019
Cupar Highland Games
16 June 2019, Fife
Royal Highland Show
22 - 23 June 2019 at Ingliston, Edinburgh.
Annual agricultural show with arena attractions, Scottish food exhibition, pedigree livestock, flower show, show jumping, craft fair and much more.
Drumtochty Highland Games
22 June 2019 at Drumtochty Castle, Auchenblae, Aberdeenshire
Lorne Highland Games
23 June 2019, Oban
Known as the People's Games at Mossfield Park, Oban.
Ceres Highland Games
29 June 2019, Ceres village, Cupar, Kingdom of Fife
The oldest free games in Scotland, always held on the last Saturday of the month of June.
Gairloch Highland Gathering
29 June 2019, Wester Ross
Kenmore Highland Games, Perthshire
3 July 2019
The Scottish Game Fair
5 - 7 July 2019
Set in the grounds of Scone Palace (Perthshire) with displays, stands, demonstrations. Organised by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust.
Luss Highland Gathering
6 July 2019, Loch Lomond
Glengarry Highland Games
6 July 2019, Invergarry, Loch Ness
Thornton Highland Games
6 July 2019, Thornton, Kirkcaldy, Fife
Doune and Dunblane Show
7 July 2018
Annual agricultural show in Perthshire
Forres Highland Games
6 July 2019, Moray
Kirriemuir Agricultural Show
13 July 2019, Kirriemuir, Angus
The Famous Alva Games
13 July 2019
Traditional Highland games near Stirling
Tain Highland Gathering
13 July 2019, north Highlands
Loch Lomond Highland Games
13 July 2019 at Balloch, Loch Lomond
Jedburgh Border Games
tbc 13 July 2019
Braemar Junior Highland Games
13 July 2019
Enabling children from 5 to 18 to participate in games events normally reserved for adults. Family Ceilidh in the Village Hall in the evening.
Kirkcudbright Country Fair
14 - 15 July 2018, Dumfries & Galloway
Spectacular programme of events with guest performers and display teams at one of the region's major annual events.
St Ronan's Border Games
13 - 20 July 2019, Innerleithen, Scottish Borders
St Ronan's Border Games and Cleikum Ceremonies week.
Rosneath Peninsula Highland Gathering
14 July 2019, near Faslane, Argyll
Burntisland Highland Gathering
15 July 2019, Burntisland, Fife
Kinlochard Highland Gathering
12 - 14 July 2019
The Gathering is an annual community gala day and mini Highland Games for the village of Kinlochard in the heart of the Trossachs
Inveraray Highland Games
16 July 2019, Argyll
Isle of Mull Highland Games
18 July 2019, Tobermory
Inverness Highland Games
20 July 2019
Annual Highland Games in the Highland capital, preceded by Gala Night.
Lochcarron Highland Games
20 July 2019, Wester Ross
Tomintoul Highland Games
20 July 2019, Tomintoul, Moray
Sutherland County Show
20 July 2019, Dornoch, Scottish Highlands
Balquhidder, Lochearnhead & Strathyre Highland Games
20 July 2019, Lochearnhead, Perthshire
Taynuilt Highland Games
tbc 20 July 2019, Taynuilt (11 miles from Oban)
Stonehaven Highland Games
21 July 2019, Aberdeenshire
Durness Highland Games
26 July 2019, Sutherland, north-west Highlands
Airth Highland Games
27 July 2019, near Falkirk
Dufftown Highland Games
27 July 2019, Speyside
tbc 27 July 2019
Livestock exhibitions, craft fair, food stalls and amusements is held at Kinnudie Farm, Auldearn, near Nairn.
Halkirk Highland Games
27 July 2019, Caithness
St Andrews Highland Games
29 July 2018
Arisaig Highland Games and Clan Ranald Gathering
31 July 2019, West Highlands
tbc 31 July 2019
Annual agricultural show.
Black Isle Show
31 July - 1 August 2019 near Muir of Ord, just north of Inverness.
This is the largest agricultural show in the North of Scotland. It attracts over 2,000 cattle, horse and sheep entries, more than 300 trade stands and over 25,000 visitors to the show each year. There is plenty to see and do, craft fair, food fair, 'On the Farm' exhibition for the kids, agricultural stands, vintage rally and sheep shearing.
Dornoch Highland Gathering
2 August 2019, Sutherland, north Highlands
Glamis Country Fair & Horse Trials
2 - 4 August 2019, Angus
Brand new event at Glamis Castle for 2019.
Skye Agricultural Show
3 August 2019, Portree
Dumfries & Lockerbie Show
3 August 2019
Annual agricultural show.
The Mey Games
3 August 2019
The Royal British Legion Mey Games take place near the Castle of Mey (former home to HM The Queen Mother) every August with the patronage of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay
Inverkeithing Highland Games
3 August 2019, Inverkeithing, Fife
Newtonmore Highland Games
3 August 2019, Newtonmore, Cairngorms, Highlands
Aboyne Highland Games
3 August 2019, Aberdeenshire
Join with clansmen and women who will be heading to the north east from across the globe to the village green in the centre of Aboyne where the games have been held since 1867. The games have been noted worldwide for being a centre of excellence for the traditional disciplines of Highland Games. Not only is Aboyne recognised for this, but also as a gathering venue for a dozen clans indigenous to the North East of Scotland
Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games
3 August 2019, Strathspey
The Scottish Alternative Games
4 August 2019, New Galloway, Dumfries and Galloway
The Lowland alternative to the more traditional Highland Games is a fun day out for all the famil
Bridge of Allan Highland Games
4 August 2019, near Stirling
Mallaig & Morar Highland Games
tbc 4 August 2019, West Highlands
Killin Highland Games
7 August 2019, Perthshire
Wigtown Agricultural Show
tbc 7 August 2019, Bladnoch Park, Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway
Isle of Skye Highland Games
7 August 2019, Portree, Isle of Skye
Ballater Highland Games
8 August 2019, Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire
tbc 8 August 2019, Grantown-on-Spey
An agricultural show with livestock (including Highland Cows), food stands, farmers’ market, tractors and much more. A great day out for all the family.
Assynt Highland Games
9 August 2019, Lochinver, north Highlands
Atholl & Breadalbane Agricultural Show and Highland Gathering
10 August 2019, Aberfeldy
Highland games and agricultural show with cattle, horse, sheep and pet show.
Brodick Highland Games
10 August 2019, Isle of Arran
North Berwick Highland Games
10 August 2019, East Lothian
Strathpeffer Highland Gathering
10 August 2019, Strathpeffer, Highlands
Enjoy this traditional Highland Gathering in the sylvan setting of the grounds of Castle Leod on the edge of the village of Strathpeffer.
Abernethy Highland Games & Clan Grant Gathering
10 August 2019, Nethy Bridge, Inverness-shire
Morebattle Highland Games
10 August 2019, Kelso, Scottish Borders
Perth Highland Games
11 August 2019
Glenisla Highland Games
16 August 2019, Glenisla, Angus
Nairn Highland Games
tbc 17 August 2019
Stirling Highland Games
17 August 2019
Helmsdale Highland Games
17 August 2019, north Highlands
Glenfinnan Highland Gathering
17 August 2019, Lochaber, west Highlands
Galloway Country Fair
tbc 17 - 18 August 2019 at Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway
Crieff Highland Games
18 August 2019, Perthshire
Argyllshire Gathering (Oban Highland Games)
22 August 2019
Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country Fair
22 - 25 August 2019, Blair Atholl, Perthshire
Scotland’s premier equestrian event is held annually in one of Scotland’s most scenic locations. Four days of International Eventing takes centre stage while the Bruar Country Fair offers something the non-horsey visitor.
Glenurquhart Highland Games
24 August 2019 at Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness
Isle of Bute Highland Games
24 August 2019
tbc 24 August 2019
Annual agricultural show.
Lochaber Agricultural Show & Family Fun Day
24 August 2019, Inverlochy Castle Farm, near Fort William
Lonach Highland Games
24 August 2019, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire
Grantown Highland Games
25 August 2019, Cairngorms
Kirkcudbright Floodlit Tattoo and Fireworks
tbc late August 2019, Dumfries & Galloway
Cowal Highland Gathering
29 - 31 August 2019
The world's largest Highland Games at Dunoon
Birnam Highland Games
31 August 2019, Little Dunkeld, Perthshire
Dundee Flower and Food Festival
6 - 8 September 2019, Camperdown Country Park, Dundee
Dundee's big floral and foodie event of the year.
7 September 2019
Annual agricultural show in Argyll.
The Royal Burgh of Peebles Highland Games
7 September 2019, Peebles
Pipe band contest, Highland dancing, traditional heavy events, trade stands, craft tent and beer tent.
7 September 2019, Braemar
International athletes will be among those taking part in the "heavy" and "track" events. Pipers and dancers will be of the usual high standard while teams from H.M. Forces will compete in the InterServices Unit Tug of War Championship and in the Services Medley Relay Race.
Blairgowrie and Rattray Highland Games
8 September 2019, Blairgowrie, Perthshire
Traditional Highland game events including heavyweights, running, Highland dancing, piping and cycling.
Best of the West
13 - 15 September 2019, Argyll
A weekend of family-friendly entertainment highlighting the best in food, drink, music, arts & craft in the grounds of Inveraray Castle, Argyll
Pitlochry Highland Games
14 September 2019, Recreation Ground, Pitlochry, Perthshire
Traditional Highland games with piping, Highland dancing, heavy events, track and field, grand pipe band contest for grades 1 to 4 and novice juvenile. There will also be a grand finale of massed bands.
Invercharron Highland Games
21 September 2019 at Balblair Farm, Bonar Bridge, Scottish Highlands
Traditional Highland games including piping, Highland dancing, heavyweight events, light field events, cycling, hill race and tug o’ war.