Piping Press Guide to the Games

Herewith the  Piping Press Guide to the Games 2018. It is based on that of the Scottish Highland Games Association and we are grateful to them for the information. This list does not profess to be complete or totally accurate. We have done our best with the available information. 

The list has been published as early as possible to allow pipers and enthusiasts to plan their summer and to encourage them to get out and have a tune in the outdoors among Scotland’s celebrated mountain scenery. Rain and midges aside there is nothing quite like the Highland Games circuit in Scotland as those who have experienced the camaraderie and musical fun will affirm.

We welcome any further information and corrections; please forward these to pipingpress@gmail.com and we will update the list as soon as possible. Some of the secretaries listed below may be for the general games with other individuals responsible for the piping. We would be obliged if those involved could let us have this additional information if available.

Please check before entering or travelling to any of these events. The picture above is of the late Alasdair Gillies playing at Luss.

Highlands & Islands Music & Dance Festival, Oban
5th May
Piping junior and snr. Enter here.

Gordon Castle Highland Games
Sunday 20th May
Gordon Castle, Fochabers
Solo Piping
Jack Taylor

Atholl Gathering
Blair Atholl
Sunday 27th May
Email pipng convenor Jack Taylor

Markinch Highland Games
Sunday 3rd June
John Dixon Park, Markinch
Solo Piping
Shane Fenton; 01592 756088
fenton.shane@rocketmail.com

Back in the day….Wilson Brown, Strathclyde Police, has a tune on the boards

Strathmore Highland Games
Sunday 10th June
Glamis Castle, Strathmore
Solo Piping
Entries on field

Ardrossan Highland Games
Sunday 11th June
Memorial Rugby Park.
Pipe Band competitions Grd 2,3,4 N/J
Juvenile Solo Piping.

Aberdeen Highland Games
Sunday 17th June
Hazelhead Park, Aberdeen
Solo Piping
cityevents@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Cupar Highland Games
Sunday June 17
http://www.cuparhighlandgames.org/index.html

Drumtochty Highland Games
Saturday 23rd June
Drumtochty Castle Grounds, Drumtochty
Adult and Junior Solo Piping (no ceol mor)
Eleanor Fotheringham (Secretary)
01561 378529
eleanor.fotheringham1@hotmail.co.uk

Ceres Highland Games
Saturday 30th June
The Bow Butts, Ceres
Solo Piping -entries on field

Lorne Highland Games
Sunday 24th June
Mossfield Park, Oban
Junior Solo Piping

Luss Highland Games
Sat, 7th July
Piob/M,S&R/ Juniors
Email

Kenmore Highland Games
Wednesday 4th July
Kenmore Sports Field, Kenmore
Solo Piping
Gordon Clark
01887 840268

Thornton Games, Fife
Memorial Park
Sat July 7. Contacts here.

Tain Highland Gathering
Saturday 14th July
Glenmorangie Field, Tain
Solo Piping Senior & Junior (Open)
Duncan MacGillivray
01862 863242

Harpenden Highland Games
Sunday July 8
Entries on the day for solo piping
Jackie Roberts 01252 794287

Braemar Junior Highland Games
Saturday 8th July
Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park, Braemar
Junior Solo Piping; David Hampson (Secretary)
Chapelcroft, Braemar, AB35 5WS
01339 741903; junior piping
dhampgolf@gmail.com

Tomintoul Highland Games
Saturday 21st July
Public Park, Tomintoul
Solo Piping
Ms Patricia Grant (Secretary)
01807 580407
tomintoulhighlandgames@hotmail.co.uk

Another consistent supporter of the games throughout his career is the master piper Gordon Walker. Gordon is pictured here in his Army days as a corporal in the RHF

Loch Lomond Highland Games
Saturday 14th July, 2017
Moss o’ Balloch Park, Loch Lomond
Solo piping, pipe bands
Colina Campbell 07710427535

Inverness Highland Games
July 16th, Bught Park
Juniors and senior piping; entries on the day
invernesspiping@gmail.com

Stonehaven Highland Games
Sunday 15th July
Mackie Academy Playing Fields
Jnr. and snr. light music
Website

Rosneath Peninsula Highland Games
Sunday 15th July
Howie Park, Rosneath, Rosneath
Colina Campbell 07710427535

Inveraray Highland Games
17th July
Solo Piping
Eilidh Wright
07795 466 475
piping@inveraray-games.co.uk

South Uist Games
July 18
Entries on field
07717816457
ardachy340@aol.com

Tobermory Games
Jnrs. and Snrs.
July 19
torquiltelfer@gmail.com

Highlands & islands Young Piper of the Year
July 20
Pauline Craib
youngpiperoftheyearcompetition@gmail.com

Taynuilt Games 
Sat., July 21
Enter on the day; juniors and seniors

Balquhidder, Lochearnhead & Strathyre Highland Games
Saturday 21st July
Solo Piping
Jim Heron
jim.heron@rocketmail.com

North Uist Highland Games

July 21; entries on field
Norman Johnston
01876 500 358

Arisaig Highland Games
July 25
secretary@arisaighighlandgames.co.uk

Durness Highland Gathering
Friday 27th July
Solo Piping
Mark Manning (Secretary)
01971 511338
secretary@durnesshighlandgathering.co.uk

Halkirk Highland Games
Saturday 28th July
Halkirk Recreation Park, Halkirk
Solo Piping
halkirkhighlandgames@yahoo.co.uk

Airth Highland Games
July 28
secretary.airthgames@gmail.com

St Andrews Highland Games
Sunday 29th July
Station Park, St. Andrews
Solo Piping from 1.30pm; website



Killin Games
Aug 1
01567 820855 (evenings)
£1,000 in piping prizemoney; junior piob.
www.killingames.co.uk

Dornoch Highland Gathering
Friday 3rd August, 2017
The Meadows Park, Dornoch
Junior and senior piping

Newtonmore Highland Games
Saturday 4th August
The Eilan, Newtonmore
Solo Piping entry form

Aboyne Highland Games
Saturday 4th August
Aboyne Green, Aboyne
Solo Piping
Jack Taylor
01339 886 297
jackandmarytaylor@gmail.com

Inverkeithing Highland Games
Saturday 4th August
Solo Piping

Mallaig & Morar
Aug 5th
colinj.buchanan@blueyonder.co.uk

Piobaireachd winners Steven Leask and Derek Midgley. Steven received the silver Lochaber axe brooch and Derek the gold at the 2017 Lochaber Gathering

Skye Gathering and Silver Chanter
Wednesday 7th/8th August
www.skye-highland-games.co.uk

Ballater Highland Games
Thursday 9th August
Location:Monaltrie Park, Ballater
Ron Drever (Secretary)
01339 756224
thedrevers@btinternet.com

Assynt Highland Games
Friday 10th August
Culag Park, Assynt
Solo Piping
helenacreman@hotmail.co.uk

Abernethy Highland Games
Aug 11
www.nethybridge.com/highlandgames

Atholl & Breadalbane Highland Gathering
Saturday 11th August
Wades Park, Aberfeldy
Solo Piping
Morag Kennedy (Secretary)
info@aberfeldyshowandgames.co.uk

Strathpeffer Highland Gathering
Saturday 11th August
Castle Leod, Strathpeffer
Solo Piping
Malcolm Cleghorn (Secretary)
01997 433554; mac@albagames.co.uk

Perth Highland Games
Sunday 12th August
North Inch, Perth
Solo Piping, Pipe Bands
info@perthhighlandgames.co.uk
www.perthhighlandgames.co.uk

Anna Kummerlow with her Gold Medal at Braemar 2017

Cortachy Games
Aug 12
www.cortachygames.co.uk

Glenisla Games
Aug 17; website

Lochaber Gathering
Aug 18
Allan MacColl
01397 772 530
maccolls@btinternet.com

Helmsdale Highland Games
Saturday 18th August
Couper Park, Helmsdale
Solo Piping
Fiona Sutherland (Secretary)
01431 821272, games@fhearnan.force9.co.uk

Kinloch Rannoch
Aug 18
01887 822466; website

Glenfinnan Highland Gathering 
Aug 18; entries on field
www.glenfinnan.org.uk/gathering.asp

Nairn Games
Aug 18; full range of junior and senior piping
www.nairnhighlandgames.co.uk

Young Luke Kennedy winner of the RG Hardie MSR trophy at the 2017 Argyllshire Gathering. uke receives his trophy from Assistant Piping Convenor Jamie Mellor

Argyllshire Gathering
22nd/23rd August
Mossfield Park, Oban
torquiltelfer@gmail.com

Cowal Highland Gathering
Aug 24
Malcolm Barclay
01369 703206
07909 231259
info@cowalgathering.com
www.cowalgathering.com

Birnam Highland Games
Saturday 25th August
Little Dunkeld, Birnam
Solo Piping; entries on field

Strathardle Highland Gathering
Saturday, 25th August, 2017
Bannerfield, Strathardle
Solo Piping
Robert Wilson,
0131 552 8563
rob.wilson@cms-cmck.com

Lairg Crofters
Aug 25
lairg.show@hotmail.co.uk

Lonach Highland Gathering
Saturday 25th August
Bellabeg Park, Lonach
Solo Piping
Jennifer Stewart (Secretary)
01975 651772
info@lonach.org

Glenurquhart Games
Aug 25
Jane Drennan
drennan2106@btinternet.com
www.glenurquhart-highland-games.co.uk

Strathardle Games
Aug 25
Hamish Nicholson
01882 634 307
hamishnicholson@scotnet.co.uk
www.strathardle.org

Northern Meeting , Inverness
Eden Court Theatre
Aug 30/31
Website

Braemar Gathering
Sept 1
Jim Wood
01339 741 527
secretary@braemargathering.org
www.braemargathering.org

Days of yore….Robert Reid gives it everything on the platform at Oban

Blairgowrie & Rattray Highland Games
Sunday 2nd September
Bogles Field, Blairgowrie
murray@hendersonreedmakers.com

Pitlochry Highland Games
Saturday 8th September
Recreation Ground, Pitlochry
Solo Piping, pipe bands
Ian Rodney: ianrodney@btinternet.com

Invercharron Highland Games
September 15; enter here


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