Rannoch Highland Games

Rannoch Highland Games

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The Rannoch Highland Games

rannoch-highland-games-entrance.jpgThe Rannoch Highland Games were first held on the third Saturday of August in 1881, and have for ever been held on this date since.  Due to the population levels around Loch Rannoch the games were held at different location each year, to give everyone a turn, but since 1955 with many families having moved out of the glen, it has been held in the Weller Poley Park in Kinloch Rannoch.


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Rannoch Highland Games are typical of a small highland games, the genuine article, it is not specially laid on for tourists, but does have the traditional elements associated with a highland games of tossing the caber, highland dancing, hill race (anyone over 15 can enter the latter but you need to be fit!) There are races for children, sales of cakes and plants etc in aid of local charities, delicious barbeque, tea tent... and a Beer tent.

rannoch highland games tug of warA particular feature of the Rannoch Highland Games is its hill race up to the top of Craig Varr, which allows spectators to view the runners up the hill from the games field. On reaching the top, each runner receives a marker stamp on their hands, to show they have made the offial top and back again to the field to finish.rannoch-highland-games-hill.jpg

The Rannoch Highland Games Hill Race was started in 1958 by Major James de S. La Terriere for shepherds, keepers and other locals, today runners re welcome to join no matter where they live in the world.  There is no set route, each runner sellects their best path, climbing some 1000 ft (690' to 1690') - 305 meters and travelling a distance 1 mile - 1.6 kilometers. The mens' records was set by Alan Milligan (2000) - 19mins 50 secs. The womens by Kate Jenkins - 25 mins 19 secs (2001).

rannoch-highland-games-food.jpgTypical events at the Rannoch Highland Games include Heavy Events, Piping, highland Dancing, Hill Race, Children's Races, Mini Highland Games, Track & Field, local North v South Rannoch Tug o war, Auchterhouse Pipe Band, Silly McB The Clown, Children's Amusements, Stalls, Tea and BBQ Tent (superb catering all made by the local ladies), Ice Cream Van, Bouncy Castle, Local Archery, Beer tent.

Entrance to the Rannoch Highland Games in 2014 was Adults - £4; Senior Citizens - £3; Children - £2; Family (2 adults + 2 kids) - £10; Cars - £1.

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