The Birnam Highland Games
Held on the last Saturday of August each year, the day begins
with the games chieftain Thomas Fotheringham leading the
Blairgowrie and Rattray Pipe Band and Atholl Highlanders from the
Square in Dunkeld across the Thomas Telford Bridge to Little
Dunkeld and onto the games field where the Atholl Highlanders
Cannon is fired to mark the start of the games.
There is piping competitions, highland dancing and the
heavy weight events - tossing the caber and weights that
run throughout the day.
There are running events, and the World Haggis Eating
Championships, stalls, and games and a geat 'local feeling' about
the whole games.
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What makes the games so special is
the compact and intimate size of the games field. It must be
one of the most compact Highland Games in Scotland,
heavily supported by locals and not commercialised as some highland
games can be, giving it that friendly local feel.
The highlights of the Birnam Highland Games, is the games
chieftain at the head of the Blairgowrie and Rattray Highland Games
and Atholl Highlanders as they march from the Square in Dunkeld,
over Dunkeld Bridge, to the games field.
The Birnam Highland Games commentator is special, with a wealth
of local knowledge he talks you through all the events and must be
one of the best commentators around. He keeps everyone informed as
to what is going on and why, also he seems to know all the
competitors names, so a race is greatly enhanced by
his enthusiastic comentary through the loud speakers system,
telling everyone how the race is progressing.
The Birnam Highland Games have the World Haggis each
Championship - open to everyone attracting large crowds. The only
criticism of the event is that the three and four deep spectators
lining the arena fence can not see what is going on for the TV
and camera crews that line the front of the haggis eating
championship table. A small criticism of an excellent highland
The Birnam Highland Games brochure is well worth buying, very
well put together, lots of really useful information, one of the