Highland Games will return across Perthshire after being cancelled for the last three years as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A total of 13 games will be held across Perthshire with six being held in Highland Perthshire: Blair Athol, Kenmore, Aberfeldy, Rannoch, Birnam and Pitlochry.
Speaking about the impact that Covid-19 has had on Highland Games, Chairman of the Perthshire Highland Games Association Ian Stewart said: “really when you think about it now its unbelievable to think that it’s been almost three years since we had a Highland Game in Perthshire at all.
“It’s been a real shame for some games that have missed some big dates on their calendar purely because of the fact of covid. It’s been a difficult one, it’s been really hard for athletes, competitors pipers et cetera who have really had nothing to do over the last two or three years.”
The Perthshire Calendar begins on the 28th of May with the Blackford Games, who will be celebrating their 150th year, with Highland Perthshire beginning the same weekend on the 29th of May with the Atholl Gathering.
For Highland Perthshire Kenmore follows on the 6th of July, before three more games in August, Aberfeldy on the 13th, Rannoch on the 20th and Birnam on the 29th before Pitlochry who are celebrating their 170th games, closing out the Perthshire Calendar on the 10th of September.
No two Highland Games are alike, and Mr Stewart tells us what to expect when attending the games: “I’ve got to be honest I hear it an awful lot of times from people perhaps as well who have been to highland games and perhaps not been for a number of years and tend to say when you’ve seen one games you’ve seen them all.
“that’s not quite true, I always say you’ve never been to a Perthshire Highland games because we have so much happening, but, an awful lot of people who come for the first time are quite amazed at the amount of events that are taking place.
“It’s a bit of a strange scene in a sense that there looking at the main arena of a Highland Games there is actually, so many events going on at the same time. It’s difficult to sometimes to actual watch one event at one time without your eye being taken somewhere else to something else, because we have track and field events, we have obviously the heavy events going on with hammer throwing and the iconic caber toss, and then somewhere else you might be drawn to the highland dancing and of course pipe bands which are a huge event and a huge draw for many of our tourists.”
Full calendar of games across Perthshire:
|Saturday 28th May||Blackford||10:30am|
|Sunday 29th May||Blair Atholl||11am|
|Wednesday 6th July||Kenmore||5:30pm|
|Saturday 23rd July||Lockearnhead||12:30pm|
|Wednesday 3rd August||Killin||10am|
|Saturday 13th August||Aberfeldy||12pm|
|Sunday 14th August||Perth||10:30am|
|Saturday 20th August||Rannoch||1:30pm|
|Sunday 21st August||Crieff||10:30am|
|Saturday 27th August||Strathardle||10:30am|
|Saturday 27th August||Birnam||11am|
|Sunday 4th September||Blairgowrie||10am|
|Saturday 10th September||Pitlochry||10:30am|
You can keep up with the latest from Perthshire Highland Games Association by visiting http://www.perthshirehighlandgames.co.uk/news.html.
Atholl Gathering – https://atholl-estates.co.uk/
Kenmore Highland Games – http://www.kenmorehighlandgames.com/
Aberfeldy Show and Games – https://www.aberfeldyshowandgames.co.uk/
Rannoch Highland Gathering – https://www.rannochhighlandgathering.co.uk/
Birnam Highland Games – http://www.birnamhighlandgames.com/
Pitlochry Highland Games – https://www.pitlochryhighlandgames.co.uk/