The Atholl Gathering and Highland Games
Gathering Highland Games takes place on the opening weekend of
the Scottish Highland Games calendar, on the last Bank holiday
weekend in May.
The Atholl Highland Games are hosted by the Duke of
Atholl, they incorporate many of the time honoured traditions
of a Highland Gathering, when feats of strength and endurance which
tested by its clan members.
The Atholl Gathering and Highland Games are a small gathering
not so commercialised as so many are today. If you are looking to
attend a highland games which has many of the old traditions, this
must be one of the best games in the Scottish games calendar.
The games arena is a short distance from Blair Castle, it has a
small rise in the ground beside the arena providing an excellent
vantage point, ideal if you wish to enjoy a picnic and endless
entertainment. There truly can not be a better spot any where else
in Scotland on a good sunny day.
12 mins 29 secs of the 2012
Atholl Highland Games and Gathering with the 12th Duke
of Atholl, Bruce Murray as Chieftain along with his private
army, the Atholl Highlanders and their pipes and drums,
who are such a feature of the games.
Highland Games date back many centuries, with most
of the events tracing their roots back to ancient Scottish battle
weapons and fighting techniques.
Highland Games today are a way of celebrating Scottish and
Celtic culture and heritage, particularly in relation to the
Scottish Highlands. The highland games include bagpipe and
highland dance competitions, the wearing of the kilt and tartan
(which was forbidden after the defeat of the Jacobites at Culloden
in 1746), and the strong men compete in the heavy events, which
include caber toss, shot putting (the Atholl Gathering uses a
stone in the traditional way) and hammer (again a traditional
hammer is used). Both these events have been incorporated in to the
modern world of athletics and the Olympic Games.
Atholl Gathering Winners - A list of all the
winners for the various competitions help at the 25th May 2014
Atholl Gathering and Highland Games times
Gates to the Atholl
Gathering and Highland Games open in the morning, starting with the
local Perthshire 'heavies' competing. The Atholl Highlanders
march on the games field with their cannon around 1pm and the Duke
opens the games following time honoured customs, shortly after
this. There is plenty of entertainment including highland
dancing events, tug o' war, solo piping, trade stands and
refreshments provide a fun day out for the whole family.
Atholl Gathering and Highland Games 2012 Admission charges:
Adults £7, Seniors £5, Children 5-16 year £3. Under 5s FREE.
For more information on the Atholl Gathering
and Highland Games, please contact the Blair Castle offices on
01796 481 207.