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Taking place across the region, the Highland Games combine jaw-dropping landscapes with awe-inspiring displays of sport, strength and Scottish tradition. As a part of Scotland’s culture for hundreds of years, the games bring together local community, spirit and that all important display of pure athleticism and strength. From the hammer throw, a battle between clans with the tug-o-war or colourful highland dancing, you’ll get stuck into the action at the games all across the nation. And what’s more, there’s even a chance to spot a Royal or two, with the reigning monarch as the patron of Scotland’s notorious highland game, the Braemar Gathering.

The Braemar Gathering: A spectators guide

Woman wearing a kilt learning how to toss the caber with male instructor

Where is Braemar?

Braemar is 60 miles west of Aberdeen, and located in the heart of the stunning Cairngorms National Park.

When is the Braemar Gathering?

The Braemar Gathering is always held on the first Saturday in September at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park.

What Highland sports will I see?

The Braemar Gathering brings the likes of hammer throwing, putting the stone and the ever iconic tossing the caber. Split into seven different categories including track events, hill racing and bag-piping there’s something for everyone.

Who organises the Braemar Gathering?

Traditionally, the organiser of the Gathering were the Braemar Highland Society, originally established as the Braemar Wright Society in July 1815 and granted Royal status by Queen Victoria in 1866. In 2002, the Society set up the Braemar Royal Highland Charity (BRHC) to undertake all of its charitable activities, including organising the annual Braemar Gathering. 

What’s the royal connection?

Since 1848, the Gathering has been attended regularly by the reigning Monarch and members of the Royal Family. The foot races at The Gathering are the world’s oldest, having been a part of the games since 1832. 

Tell us a fascinating fact to share with my fellow spectators?

Did you know that the record for Putting the Braemar Stone was set 35 years ago by the well-known athlete and television strongman, Geoff Capes.

Uncover the events of the Highland Games

Sounds of bagpipes and awe-inspiring displays of strength at this royally brilliant gathering.

Visit the Braemar Highland Games
Man in heavy events at Braemar Gathering
Braemar Highland Games

The Isle of Skye packs the punch with a jam-packed agenda of games and dancing.

Visit The Isle of Skye Highland Games
Tug of war at the Isle of Skye Highland Games
The Isle of Skye Highland Games

The Highland Games largest event filled with live music, entertainment and the infamous caber toss.

Visit the Cowal Highland Gathering
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Cowal Highland Gathering

On the edge of the village of Luss - this gathering fuses together community, local farmers and sportspeople to bring the best of the strength to the area.

Visit the Luss Highland Gathering
Luss Highland Gathering
Luss Highland Gathering

Packing the punch as the home of the Scottish Heavyweight Championship.

Visit the Crieff Highland Gathering
Crieff Highland Gathering
Crieff Highland Gathering

From hill racing to highland dancing, let the sounds of the bagpipes take you around this traditional games.

Visit the Lonach Highland Gathering and Games
Lonach Highland Gathering
Lonach Highland Gathering and Games

In the shadow of a castle, see Stirling come to life with the Highland Games.

Visit the Bridge of Allan Highland Games
Dancers performing at the Bridge of Allan Highland Games
Bridge of Allan Highland Games

Sounds of bagpipes and awe-inspiring displays of strength at this royally brilliant gathering.

Visit the Braemar Highland Games
Man in heavy events at Braemar Gathering
Braemar Highland Games

The Isle of Skye packs the punch with a jam-packed agenda of games and dancing.

Visit The Isle of Skye Highland Games
Tug of war at the Isle of Skye Highland Games
The Isle of Skye Highland Games

The Highland Games largest event filled with live music, entertainment and the infamous caber toss.

Visit the Cowal Highland Gathering
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Cowal Highland Gathering

On the edge of the village of Luss - this gathering fuses together community, local farmers and sportspeople to bring the best of the strength to the area.

Visit the Luss Highland Gathering
Luss Highland Gathering
Luss Highland Gathering

Packing the punch as the home of the Scottish Heavyweight Championship.

Visit the Crieff Highland Gathering
Crieff Highland Gathering
Crieff Highland Gathering

From hill racing to highland dancing, let the sounds of the bagpipes take you around this traditional games.

Visit the Lonach Highland Gathering and Games
Lonach Highland Gathering
Lonach Highland Gathering and Games

In the shadow of a castle, see Stirling come to life with the Highland Games.

Visit the Bridge of Allan Highland Games
Dancers performing at the Bridge of Allan Highland Games
Bridge of Allan Highland Games

Beyond the Highland Games