The Pitlochry Highland Games will not be held in 2021, the Pitlochry Highland Games Committee have announced.
The annual event, which was also cancelled last year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, was due to take place on the 11th of September, 2021. It is anticipated that it will go ahead in 2022.
In a statement, the current Chieftain, and chairman of the Pitlochry Highland Games Committee, Charles Butter, said:
The Pitlochry Highland Games Committee has taken the very difficult decision to once again cancel this year’s Pitlochry Highland Games.
It is deeply disappointing to have to cancel for the second year running, as we had hoped that with the success of the vaccine rollout across the UK and greatly reduced infection rates that we would have a better chance of holding the Games in September.
The Committee has a duty to ensure the safety of everyone involved with the Games, spectators and the wider community. Unfortunately, with the continued uncertainty of future restrictions and the course of the virus, this is not possible.
It goes without saying that we very much look forward to 2022 and welcoming everyone back to celebrate 170 years since our establishment
The event has a long history as one of the first “re-established” Highland Games in Scotland, dating back to 1852. Its popularity draws crowds of up to 5000 visitors to Pitlochry, and plays a large part in local tourism.