As always, The traditional highland games held at Lochearnhead provide all the spectacle and excitement you expect to find at a highland venue. Track and field events, heavyweight events like the caber and weight throwing, piping and a pipe band and of course the ever popular highland dancing competitions.
Many of the events are open to EVERYONE and children are encouraged to take part in the FUN Races; please make your way to the start when you hear the event announced NOT ACROSS THE RING (see approx. timings below). All races are free to enter and prizes will be awarded. Only the HILL RACE requires pre-registration, this must be done on the day of the Games at the Secretary’s tent. The Games take place on agricultural land and people taking part do so at their own risk.
Parents are asked to keep an eye on children and not let them enter or cross the ring at any time.
Competitors pay the entry fee at the gate on the day and receive a wristband – there is no further registration fee on the field.
All timings are approximate (more details will be available on the day in the Games programme):
10.30 Piping competition begins with the Pibroch and continues with March, Strathspey & Reel throughout the day (see below); junior heavweights perform in the arena
Pibroch Senior and Junior (age 16 and under): No prior registration is required; registration on the field 10am for 10.30am start
March, Strathspey & Reel Senior and Junior: Registration and draw on field 1pm for 1.30pm start
12.00 Heavyweight competition begins in the ring
12.00 Dancing competition begins on the platform (Piob Mhor of Scotland Dancing League), Barracks Johnnie; Heilan’ Laddie
12.30 Local events start in the ring (residents Perthshire Highland Games Association area only)
13.00 The Badenoch & Strathspey Pipe Band will lead the Clan March onto the field accompanied by 2023 Games Chieftain Mr Sandy Stewart of Ardvorlich, Games President and Officials, Clan Chieftains and representatives
13.30 Open Dancing begins on the platform: Highland Fling; Sword Dance; Shean Trubhais; Reel of Tulloch; Sailor’s Hornpipe; Irish Jig
13.30 Track and Field running events begin – these events are open to ANYONE, 100, 220 and 440 yards; half-mile and 1 mile
14.00 Track and Field jumping events begin – these events are open to ANYONE, High jump; Long jump; Hop, step and jump
15.00 The Badenoch & Strathspey Pipe Band perform
15.15 FUN races for young and not so young! Boys 10-14; Boys 6-9; Girls 10-14; Girls 6-9; Infants (under 6); Married ladies; Spinsters
15.45 Tug O’War and Pull of the Clans
16.05 Battle of Britain Memorial Flight takes to the skies above the games field (weather permitting)
Immediately after fly-over: Hill race starts (open to EVERYONE but pre-registration required on the day at Starter’s tent); race is approx. 3miles/5k and involves 1600ft/500m of ascent. Prizes for first 3 male and first 3 female finishers.
16.30 ‘Pure Malt’, traditional folk band playing in the beer tent
17.00 The Badenoch & Strathspey Pipe Band perform
Although food and drink will be available to purchase on the games field you are welcome to bring your own and picnic around the edges of the ring. Dogs are also welcome (please keep on lead at all times).
President: Angus Cameron; Secretary & Treasurer: Alex Gargolinski
Vice-Presidents: Jimmy Stewart • Ken McCallum • Catie McNally
Hon. Presidents: Sandy Stewart • Robert Gibbons • Anne Cameron
Hon. Vice-Presidents: Donald MacLaren of MacLaren; Sir Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor