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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.
After most of the Highland Games and local festivals were cancelled in 2020 and 2021, we are pleased to list the dates for 2022. Please check with event organisers to confirm dates if you are intending to travel specifically for an event.
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Gourock Highland Games
8 May 2022, Inverclyde
Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair
15 May 2022 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.
21 May 2022, 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
28 May 2022
Near Gleneagles and Auchterarder in Perthshire
Drymen Agricultural Show
28 May 2022, Drymen, Loch Lomond
Highland Gathering and Atholl Highlanders' Parade
28 - 29 May 2022 at Blair Castle, Perthshire
Carmunnock Highland Games
29 May 2022, Carmunnock near Glasgow
Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games
4 June 2022
Cornhill Highland Games
4 June 2022, Aberdeenshire
Markinch Highland Games
5 June 2022, Fife
One of the oldest Games in Scotland. Always the first Sunday in June.
11 June 2022 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.
Bearsden & Milngavie Highland Games
11 June 2022, East Dunbartonshire.
Strathmore Highland Games
12 June 2022, Glamis Castle, Angus
Ardrossan Highland Games
12 June 2022, North Ayrshire
Oldmeldrum Sports & Highland Games
18 June 2022, Aberdeenshire
Also known as the Sunshine Sports. First held in 1930.
Cupar Highland Games
19 June 2022, Fife
Aberdeen Highland Games
19 June 2022
Royal Highland Show
23 - 26 June 2022 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
25 June 2022 at Drumtochty Castle, Auchenblae, Aberdeenshire
Ceres Highland Games
25 June 2022, Ceres village, Cupar, Kingdom of Fife
The oldest free games in Scotland, always held on the last Saturday of the month of June.
The Scottish Game Fair
1 - 3 July 2022
Set in the grounds of Scone Palace (Perthshire) with displays, stands, demonstrations. Organised by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust.
Gairloch Highland Gathering
2 July 2022, Wester Ross
Luss Highland Gathering
2 July 2022, Loch Lomond
Thornton Highland Games
2 July 2022, Thornton, Kirkcaldy, Fife CANCELLED
Doune and Dunblane Show
2 July 2022
Annual agricultural show in Perthshire
Forres Highland Games
2 July 2022, Moray
Kenmore Highland Games
6 July 2022, Perthshire
The Famous Alva Games
9 July 2022
Traditional Highland games in Johnstone Park near Stirling
Tain Highland Gathering
9 July 2022, north Highlands
Jedburgh Border Games
tbc mid July 2022
St Ronan's Border Games
16 July 2022, Innerleithen, Scottish Borders
St Ronan's Border Games and Cleikum Ceremonies week.
Inverness Highland Games
16 July 2022
200th anniversary of the Highland Games in the capital of the Scottish Highlands.
Lochcarron Highland Games
16 July 2022, Wester Ross
Loch Lomond Highland Games
16 July 2022 at Balloch, Loch Lomond
Kirriemuir Agricultural Show
16 July 2022, Kirriemuir, Angus
Tomintoul Highland Games
16 July 2022, Tomintoul, Moray
Burntisland Highland Gathering
18 July 2022, Burntisland, Fife
Taynuilt Highland Games
23 July 2022, Taynuilt (11 miles from Oban)
Kirkcudbright Country Fair
mid July 2022, 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
16 July 2022, near Faslane, Argyll
Stonehaven Highland Games
17 July 2022, Aberdeenshire
Inveraray Highland Games
19 July 2022, Inveraray Castle, Argyll
Isle of Mull Highland Games
21 July 2022, Tobermory
Balquhidder, Lochearnhead & Strathyre Highland Games
23 July 2022, Lochearnhead, Perthshire
Airth Highland Games
23 July 2022, near Falkirk
Braemar Junior Highland Games
23 July 2022
Sutherland County Show
23 July 2022, Dornoch, Scottish Highlands
Arisaig Highland Games and Clan Ranald Gathering
27 July 2022, West Highlands
On the scenic Road to the Isles between Fort William and Mallaig. Games day is preceded by a ceilidh night.
27 July 2022
Annual agricultural show.
Durness Highland Games
29 July 2022, Sutherland, north-west Highlands
Border Union Show
29 - 30 July 2022, Kelso
Annual agricultural show and equestrian event in the Scottish Borders
Dufftown Highland Games
30 July 2022, Speyside
Halkirk Highland Games
30 July 2022, Caithness
30 July 2022
Livestock exhibitions, craft fair, food stalls and amusements.
St Andrews Highland Games
31 July 2022
Glamis Country Fair & Horse Trials
29 - 31 July 2022
This new event was first hosted at Glamis Castle in 2019.
The Mey Games
tbc early August 2022
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 early August 2022, 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 early August 2022, West Highlands
Killin Highland Games
3 August 2022, Perthshire
Wigtown Agricultural Show
3 August 2022, Bladnoch Park, Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway
Isle of Skye Highland Games
3 August 2022, Portree, Isle of Skye
Black Isle Show
4 August 2022 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
5 August 2022, Sutherland, north Highlands
Dumfries & Lockerbie Show
tbc 6 August 2022
Annual agricultural show.
5 - 6 August 2022
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.
Skye Agricultural Show
tbc 6 August 2022, Portree
Newtonmore Highland Games
6 August 2022, Newtonmore, Cairngorms, Highlands
Aboyne Highland Games
6 August 2022, 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
6 August 2022, Strathspey
Inverkeithing Highland Games
6 August 2022, Inverkeithing, Fife
North Berwick Highland Games
6 August 2022, East Lothian
Brodick Highland Games
6 August 2022, Isle of Arran
Strathpeffer Highland Gathering
6 August 2022, 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.
Bridge of Allan Highland Games
7 August 2022, near Stirling
Ballater Highland Games
11 August 2022, Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire
11 August 2022, Grantown-on-Spey
An agricultural show with livestock (including Highland Cows), food stands, farmersâ market, tractors and much more. A great day out for all the family.
Assynt Highland Games
tbc 12 August 2022, Lochinver, north Highlands
Atholl & Breadalbane Agricultural Show and Highland Gathering
12 - 13 August 2022, Aberfeldy
Highland games and agricultural show with cattle, horse, sheep and pet show.
Abernethy Highland Games & Clan Grant Gathering
13 August 2022, Nethy Bridge, Inverness-shire
Morebattle Highland Games
tbc 13 August 2022, Kelso, Scottish Borders
Perth Highland Games
14 August 2022
Glenisla Highland Games
19 August 2022, Glenisla, Angus
Nairn Highland Games
20 August 2022
Stirling Highland Games
20 August 2022
Isle of Bute Highland Games
20 August 2022
Helmsdale Highland Games
20 August 2022, north Highlands
Glenfinnan Highland Gathering
20 August 2022, Lochaber, west Highlands
Lochaber Agricultural Show & Family Fun Day
27 August 2022, Inverlochy Castle Farm, near Fort William
Galloway Country Fair
20 - 21 August 2022 at Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway
Crieff Highland Games
21 August 2022, Perthshire
Argyllshire Gathering (Oban Highland Games)
25 August 2022
Cowal Highland Gathering
25 - 27 August 2022
The world's largest Highland Games at Dunoon
Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country Fair
25 - 28 August 2022, Blair Atholl, Perthshire
Scotlandâs premier equestrian event is held annually in one of Scotlandâs 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
tbc 27 August 2022, Little Dunkeld, Perthshire
Over 150 years old.
Glenurquhart Highland Games
27 August 2022 at Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness
Lonach Highland Games
27 August 2022, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire
27 August 2022
Annual agricultural show in Dumfries and Galloway.
Grantown Highland Games
tbc late August 2022, Cairngorms
Kirkcudbright Floodlit Tattoo and Fireworks
tbc late August 2022, Dumfries & Galloway
Dundee Flower and Food Festival
tbc early September 2022, Camperdown Country Park, Dundee
Dundee's big floral and foodie event of the year.
The Royal Burgh of Peebles Highland Games
3 September 2022, Peebles
Pipe band contest, Highland dancing, traditional heavy events, trade stands, craft tent and beer tent.
3 September 2022, 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
4 September 2022, 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.
Dalmally Agricultural Show
4 September 2022
Annual agricultural show in Argyll.
Pitlochry Highland Games
10 September 2022, 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.
Bowhill Highland Games
11 September 2022, Fife
Free admission to the last Games of the season in the Fife village of Cardenden near Kirkcaldy.