Highland Games

Highland Games in Scotland in 2021

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. 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 may wish to read our blog about the history of Highland Games.

Unfortunately many of the Highland Games and local festivals for 2021 have been cancelled due to uncertainties over spectator numbers, insurance, etc. Please check with event organisers if you are intending to travel specifically for an event.

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May 2021

Gourock Highland Games CANCELLED
tbc May 2021, Inverclyde

Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair CANCELLED
16 May 2021 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.

22 May 2021, Kinloss House near Cupar
A great day out for all the family with events including pedigree cattle, sheep, poultry, wild fowl, heavy horse breeds, show jumping, game fair. Demonstrations of falconry, ferret racing, gun dogs and angling. Pet show, countryside tent with fun activities. Cookery theatre with demonstrations. Food and Drink marquee by Fife's speciality producers.

Blackford Highland Games CANCELLED
29 May 2021
Near Gleneagles and Auchterarder in Perthshire

Drymen Agricultural Show CANCELLED
29 May 2021, Drymen, Loch Lomond

West Lothian Highland Games
29 May 2021

Highland Gathering and Atholl Highlanders' Parade CANCELLED
29 - 30 May 2021 at Blair Castle, Perthshire

June 2021

Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games CANCELLED
5 June 2021

Cornhill Highland Games CANCELLED
5 June 2021, Aberdeenshire

tbc 5 June 2021 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.

Markinch Highland Games CANCELLED
6 June 2021, Fife
One of the oldest Games in Scotland. Always the first Sunday in June.

Burntisland Highland Gathering CANCELLED
6 June 2021, Burntisland, Fife

Bearsden & Milngavie Highland Games
12th June 2021, East Dunbartonshire.
Free entry.

Strathmore Highland Games CANCELLED
13 June 2021, Glamis Castle, Angus

Ardrossan Highland Games CANCELLED
tbc 13 June 2021, North Ayrshire

Aberdeen Highland Games
tbc mid June 2021

Royal Highland Show CANCELLED
17 - 20 June 2021 at Ingliston, Edinburgh.
Annual agricultural show with arena attractions, Scottish food exhibition, pedigree livestock, flower show, show jumping, craft fair and much more.

Oldmeldrum Sports & Highland Games CANCELLED
19 June 2021, Aberdeenshire
Also known as the Sunshine Sports. First held in 1930.

Cupar Highland Games CANCELLED
20 June 2021, Fife

Drumtochty Highland Games CANCELLED
26 June 2021 at Drumtochty Castle, Auchenblae, Aberdeenshire

Ceres Highland Games CANCELLED
26 June 2021, Ceres village, Cupar, Kingdom of Fife
The oldest free games in Scotland, always held on the last Saturday of the month of June.

July 2021

Gairloch Highland Gathering
tbc 3 July 2021, Wester Ross

Luss Highland Gathering CANCELLED
3 July 2021, Loch Lomond

Thornton Highland Games
3 July 2021, Thornton, Kirkcaldy, Fife

Doune and Dunblane Show CANCELLED
tbc 3 July 2021
Annual agricultural show in Perthshire

Forres Highland Games CANCELLED
3 July 2021, Moray

Kenmore Highland Games CANCELLED
7 July 2021, Perthshire

The Famous Alva Games CANCELLED
10 July 2021
Traditional Highland games in Johnstone Park near Stirling

Tain Highland Gathering CANCELLED
10 July 2021, north Highlands

Jedburgh Border Games
tbc mid July 2021

St Ronan's Border Games
tbc mid July 2021, Innerleithen, Scottish Borders
St Ronan's Border Games and Cleikum Ceremonies week.

Inverness Highland Games CANCELLED
mid July 2021
Annual Highland Games in the capital of the Scottish Highlands.

Lochcarron Highland Games CANCELLED
17 July 2021, Wester Ross

Kirriemuir Agricultural Show
17 July 2021, Kirriemuir, Angus

Tomintoul Highland Games CANCELLED
17 July 2021, Tomintoul, Moray

Loch Lomond Highland Games
tbc 17 July 2021 at Balloch, Loch Lomond

Taynuilt Highland Games CANCELLED
tbc 17 July 2021, Taynuilt (11 miles from Oban)

Kirkcudbright Country Fair
tbc mid July 2021, Dumfries & Galloway
Spectacular programme of events with guest performers and display teams at one of the region's major annual events.

Rosneath Peninsula Highland Gathering CANCELLED
18 July 2021, near Faslane, Argyll

Stonehaven Highland Games CANCELLED
tbc 18 July 2021, Aberdeenshire

Inveraray Highland Games CANCELLED
20 July 2021, Inveraray Castle, Argyll

Balquhidder, Lochearnhead & Strathyre Highland Games CANCELLED
24 July 2021, Lochearnhead, Perthshire

Airth Highland Games CANCELLED
24 July 2021, near Falkirk

St Andrews Highland Games CANCELLED
25 July 2021

Arisaig Highland Games and Clan Ranald Gathering CANCELLED
28 July 2021, West Highlands
On the scenic Road to the Isles between Fort William and Mallaig. Games day is preceded by a ceilidh night.

Stranraer Show CANCELLED
28 July 2021
Annual agricultural show.

Isle of Mull Highland Games CANCELLED
tbc late July 2021, Tobermory

Durness Highland Games CANCELLED
tbc late July 2021, Sutherland, north-west Highlands

Sutherland County Show CANCELLED
tbc late July 2021, Dornoch, Scottish Highlands

Border Union Show CANCELLED
30 - 31 July 2021, Kelso
Annual agricultural show and equestrian event in the Scottish Borders

Dufftown Highland Games CANCELLED
31 July 2021, Speyside

Halkirk Highland Games
31 July 2021, Caithness

August 2021

Glamis Country Fair & Horse Trials CANCELLED
tbc 30 July - 1 August 2021
A new event first hosted at Glamis Castle in 2019.

tbc early August 2021
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

The Scottish Alternative Games
tbc 1 August 2021, New Galloway, Dumfries and Galloway
The Lowland alternative to the more traditional Highland Games is a fun day out for all the family.

Mallaig & Morar Highland Games
tbc 1 August 2021, West Highlands

Killin Highland Games CANCELLED
4 August 2021, Perthshire

Wigtown Agricultural Show CANCELLED
tbc 4 August 2021, Bladnoch Park, Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway

Isle of Skye Highland Games CANCELLED
4 August 2021, Portree, Isle of Skye

Black Isle Show CANCELLED
4 - 5 August 2021 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 CANCELLED
6 August 2021, Sutherland, north Highlands

Dumfries & Lockerbie Show CANCELLED
6 - 7 August 2021
Annual agricultural show.

6 - 7 August 2021
A great day out in Perth for all the family including the Grand Parade of Livestock, local artisan crafts, Perthshire on a Plate with celebrity and local chefs, entertainment, trade stalls and much more.

tbc 7 August 2021
Livestock exhibitions, craft fair, food stalls and amusements is held at Kinnudie Farm, Auldearn, near Nairn.

Skye Agricultural Show CANCELLED
tbc 7 August 2021, Portree

Newtonmore Highland Games CANCELLED
7 August 2021, Newtonmore, Cairngorms, Highlands

Aboyne Highland Games CANCELLED
7 August 2021, 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 CANCELLED
7 August 2021, Strathspey

Inverkeithing Highland Games CANCELLED
7 August 2021, Inverkeithing, Fife

North Berwick Highland Games CANCELLED
7 August 2021, East Lothian

Brodick Highland Games CANCELLED
7 August 2021, Isle of Arran

Bridge of Allan Highland Games CANCELLED
8 August 2021, near Stirling

Ballater Highland Games CANCELLED
12 August 2021, Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire

Grantown Show CANCELLED
12 August 2021, 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
tbc 13 August 2021, Lochinver, north Highlands

Atholl & Breadalbane Agricultural Show and Highland Gathering CANCELLED
13 - 14 August 2021, Aberfeldy
Highland games and agricultural show with cattle, horse, sheep and pet show.

Strathpeffer Highland Gathering CANCELLED
14 August 2021, 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 CANCELLED
14 August 2021, Nethy Bridge, Inverness-shire

Morebattle Highland Games
tbc 14 August 2021, Kelso, Scottish Borders

Glenisla Highland Games CANCELLED
20 August 2021, Glenisla, Angus

Nairn Highland Games CANCELLED
21 August 2021

Stirling Highland Games CANCELLED
21 August 2021

Isle of Bute Highland Games CANCELLED
21 August 2021

Helmsdale Highland Games CANCELLED
21 August 2021, north Highlands

Glenfinnan Highland Gathering CANCELLED
21 August 2021, Lochaber, west Highlands

Lochaber Agricultural Show & Family Fun Day
tbc 21 August 2021, Inverlochy Castle Farm, near Fort William

Galloway Country Fair CANCELLED
21 - 22 August 2021 at Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

Crieff Highland Games CANCELLED
22 August 2021, Perthshire

Argyllshire Gathering (Oban Highland Games)
26 August 2021

Cowal Highland Gathering CANCELLED
26 - 28 August 2021
The world's largest Highland Games at Dunoon

Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country Fair
26 - 29 August 2021, 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.

Birnam Highland Games CANCELLED
tbc 28 August 2021, Little Dunkeld, Perthshire
Over 150 years old.

Glenurquhart Highland Games CANCELLED
28 August 2021 at Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness

Lonach Highland Games CANCELLED
28 August 2021, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire

28 August 2021
Annual agricultural show in Dumfries and Galloway.

Perth Highland Games CANCELLED
29 August 2021

Grantown Highland Games CANCELLED
tbc late August 2021, Cairngorms

Kirkcudbright Floodlit Tattoo and Fireworks
tbc late August 2021, Dumfries & Galloway

September 2021

Dundee Flower and Food Festival
3 - 5 September 2021, Camperdown Country Park, Dundee
Dundee's big floral and foodie event of the year. VIRTUAL EVENT ONLY FOR 2021

Dalmally Agricultural Show
tbc 4 September 2021 CANCELLED
Annual agricultural show in Argyll.

The Royal Burgh of Peebles Highland Games CANCELLED
4 September 2021, Peebles
Pipe band contest, Highland dancing, traditional heavy events, trade stands, craft tent and beer tent.

Braemar Gathering CANCELLED
4 September 2021, 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 CANCELLED
5 September 2021, Blairgowrie, Perthshire
Traditional Highland game events including heavyweights, running, Highland dancing, piping, etc. Also includes the International Highland Games Federation Stones of Strength Scottish Final.

Pitlochry Highland Games CANCELLED
11 September 2021, 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.

The Scottish Game Fair
24 - 26 September 2021 (postponed from July)
Set in the grounds of Scone Palace (Perthshire) with displays, stands, demonstrations. Organised by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust.

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