Some Highland games are part of a wider clan gathering - a celebratory get-together featuring parades, Scottish music and dancing, feasts, heritage events and much joviality. The ceremonial role of chieftain is bestowed upon a member of the local community or clan chief, who then leads processions, opens the games and oversees the whole event with aplomb.
Did you know that several games have boasted famous celebrity chieftains, including singer Susan Boyle and actors Ewan McGregor and Dougray Scott? Some believe the roots of the Highland games date as far back as the 11th century, when King Malcolm III called a foot race to the summit of Craig Choinnich, near Braemar, in the hopes of finding the fastest runner in the land to become his personal courier.
Many games still include a hill race, although the winner is no longer destined for a life of servitude! The games evolved into a test not only of strength and stamina, but also of creative dance and music skills, to keep kings, queens and clan chiefs entertained. Highland games as we know them today have been celebrated around Scotland since the s and regularly draw in crowds of thousands.
Amongst the most historic is the Braemar Gathering, which was awarded Royal Patronage by Queen Victoria and is still regularly attended by the reigning monarch and other members of the Royal Family. Highland dancing at the games was originally an all-male event, and it wasn't until the late 19th century that women started to enter. The Cowal Gathering is renowned for the quality of its Highland dancing, drawing in the best performers from around the globe as they compete in the Scottish and World Championships.
When are the Highland games? Highland Games Guide Our guide contains all of the dates, prices, locations and background to the games, plus more interesting facts and ancestry information. Get your FREE copy. Gordon Castle Highland Games 19th May, Blackford Highland Games 25th May, Carmunnock Highland Games 26th May , Glasgow.
Cornhill Highland Games 1st June , Aberdeenshire. Ardrossan Highland Games 9th June, Cupar Highland Games 16th June, Ceres Highland Games 29th June, Kenmore Highland Games 3rd July, Luss Highland Games 6th July, Forres Highland Games 6th July, Alva Games 13th July, Morvern Highland Games 13th July, Rosneath Peninsula Highland Games 14th July, Lochcarron Highland Games 20th July, Tomintoul Highland Games 20th July, City of Inverness Highland Games 20th July, Stonehaven Peninsula Highland Games 21st July, Airth Highland Games 27th July, These heritage items are in the possession of BRHS and date back to the first games which took place under the society auspices in and are not currently publicly accessible.
Once built our aim is to engage with games organisers worldwide to establish the games centre as a showcase for all aspects of Highland Games heritage and research as a resource for games events worldwide, with interest for Scottish, UK and worldwide audiences.
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