Piping Press Guide to the Highland Games 2017

Herewith the 2017 Piping Press Guide to the Games 2017. 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. Though possibly the greatest ceol beag player of the modern era, Alasdair still supported the games throughout his competitive life.

Highlands & Islands Music & Dance Festival, Oban
29th April
Piping junior and snr. Enter here.

Gordon Castle Highland Games
Sunday 21st May, 2017
Gordon Castle, Fochabers
Solo Piping

Atholl Gathering
Blair Atholl
Sunday 28th May, 2017
01796 473459

Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games
Saturday 3rd June, 2017
Rugby Ground, Helensburgh
Solo Piping
Sephton MacQuire (Secretary)
01436 675947

Markinch Highland Games
Sunday 4th June, 2017
John Dixon Park, Markinch
Solo Piping
Shane Fenton; 01592 756088

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

Strathmore Highland Games
Sunday 11th June, 2017
Glamis Castle, Strathmore
Solo Piping
Pipe Band Competition – Grades  2,3,4.
Angela Webster (Secretary)

Aberdeen Highland Games
Sunday 18th June, 2017
Hazelhead Park, Aberdeen
Solo Piping
Kenny Luke (Secretary)
01224 523842

Drumtochty Highland Games
Saturday 24th June, 2017
Drumtochty Castle Grounds, Drumtochty
Solo Piping
Eleanor Fotheringham (Secretary)
01561 378529

Ceres Highland Games
Saturday 24th June, 2017
The Bow Butts, Ceres
Solo Piping
Morag McBrearty (Secretary)
01337 832682

Lorne Highland Games
Sunday 25th June, 2017
Mossfield Park, Oban
Solo Piping
TBA (Secretary)

Kenmore Highland Games
Wednesday 5th July, 2017
Kenmore Sports Field, Kenmore
Solo Piping
Gordon Clark
01887 840268

Tain Highland Gathering
Saturday 8th July, 2017
Glenmorangie Field, Tain
Solo Piping Senior & Junior (Open)
Fiona Sutherland (Secretary)
01349 884149

Harpenden Highland Games
Sunday July 9
Entries on the day for solo piping
Jackie Roberts 01252 794287

Braemar Junior Highland Games
Saturday 8th July, 2017
Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park, Braemar
Junior Solo Piping; David Hampson (Secretary)
Chapelcroft, Braemar, AB35 5WS
01339 741903

Lochcarron Highland Games
Saturday 15th July, 2017
Attadale Estate, Lochcarron
Solo Piping
Tracey Gough (Secretary)
01520 733474

Tomintoul Highland Games
Saturday 15th July, 2017
Public Park, Tomintoul
Solo Piping
Ms Patricia Grant (Secretary)
01807 580407

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 15th July, 2017
Moss o’ Balloch Park, Loch Lomond
Solo piping, pipe bands
Colina Campbell 07710427535

Inverness Highland Games
July 16th

Stonehaven Highland Games
Sunday 16th July, 2017
Mackie Academy Playing Fields
Solo Piping
Paulene McEwan (Secretary)

Rosneath Peninsula Highland Games
Sunday 16th July, 2017
Howie Park, Rosneath, Rosneath
Colina Campbell 07710427535

Inveraray Highland Games
Tuesday 18th July, 2017
Castle Grounds, Inveraray
Solo Piping
Eilidh Wright
07795 466 475

South Uist Games
July 19

Airth Highland Games
July 22

Taynuilt Games
July 22
07979 478659

Balquhidder, Lochearnhead & Strathyre Highland Games
Saturday 22nd July, 2017
Solo Piping
Jim Heron

Tobermory Games
Jnrs. and Snrs.
July 20

Highlands & islands Young Piper of the Year
July 20
Pauline Craib

Having a tune out in the Uists is Brighde Chaimbeul

North Uist Highland Games
July 21
Norman Johnston
01876 500 358

Arisaig Highland Games
July 26

Durness Highland Gathering
Friday 28th July, 2017
Solo Piping
Mark Manning (Secretary)
01971 511338

Halkirk Highland Games
Saturday 29th July, 2017
Halkirk Recreation Park, Halkirk
Solo Piping

Dufftown Highland Games
Saturday 29th July, 2017
Mortlach School Sports Field, Dufftown
Solo Piping
Mr C Brousseau (Secretary)
01340 820471

St. Andrews Highland Games
Sunday 30th July, 2017
Station Park, St. Andrews
Solo Piping
07979 478659

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Killin Games
Aug 2
01567 820855 (evenings)

Dornoch Highland Gathering
Friday 4th August, 2017
The Meadows Park, Dornoch
Solo Piping
Lesley Conner (Secretary)

Newtonmore Highland Games
Saturday 5th August, 2017
The Eilan, Newtonmore
Solo Piping
Tom Robertson (Secretary)
01540 673348; knockmalloch@onetel.com

North Berwick Highland Games
Saturday 5th August, 2017
Recreation Park, North Berwick
Solo Piping?
Two pipe band competitions

Aboyne Highland Games
Saturday 5th August, 2017
Aboyne Green, Aboyne
Solo Piping
Jack Taylor
01339 886 297

Inverkeithing Highland Games
Saturday 5th August, 2017
Solo Piping
Brian McGarry (Secretary)
01383 414982

Mallaig & Morar
Aug 6th

Skye Gathering and Silver Chanter
Wednesday 8th/9th August, 2017

Ballater Highland Games
Thursday 10th August, 2017
Location:Monaltrie Park, Ballater
Ron Drever (Secretary)
01339 756224

Glenmorangie Tain Gathering
Duncan MacGillivray
01862 863242

Assynt Highland Games
Friday 11th August, 2017
Culag Park, Assynt
Solo Piping
Helen Acreman (Secretary)
01571 855215

Abernethy Highland Games
Aug 12

Atholl & Breadalbane Highland Gathering
Saturday 12th August, 2017
Wades Park, Aberfeldy
Solo Piping
Morag Kennedy (Secretary)

Strathpeffer Highland Gathering
Saturday 12th August, 2017
Castle Leod, Strathpeffer
Solo Piping
Malcolm Cleghorn (Secretary)
01997 433554; mac@albagames.co.uk

Perth Highland Games
Sunday 13th August, 2017
North Inch, Perth
Solo Piping, Pipe Bands

Leading the march to the games at Oban in 2010 is Gold Medallist Faye Henderson

Cortachy Games
Aug 14

Glenisla Games
Aug 18
01575 560250

Lochaber Gathering
Aug 19
Allan MacColl
01397 772 530

Crieff Highland Gathering
Sunday 20th August, 2017
Market Park, Crieff
Solo Piping
Judi Cowie (Secretary)

Helmsdale Highland Games
Saturday 19th August, 2017
Couper Park, Helmsdale
Solo Piping
Fiona Sutherland (Secretary)
01431 821272, games@fhearnan.force9.co.uk

Strathardle Highland Gathering
Saturday, 26th August, 2017
Bannerfield, Strathardle
Solo Piping
Robert Wilson,
0131 552 8563

Kinloch Rannoch
Aug 19
01887 822466

Glenfinnan Highland Gathering
Aug 19

Nairn Games
Aug 19

Argyllshire Gathering
Thursday 23rd/24th August, 2017
Mossfield Park, Oban

Birnam Highland Games
Saturday 26th August, 2017
Little Dunkeld, Birnam
Solo Piping
David Crawshaw (Secretary)
01350 720041

Cowal Highland Gathering
Aug 26
Malcolm Barclay
01369 703206
07909 231259

Lairg Crofters
Aug 26

Grantown on Spey
Sunday 27th August, 2017
Heithfield Park, Grantown on Spey
Solo Piping
Elaine Watt (Secretary)
01479 873237

Lonach Highland Gathering
Saturday 26th August, 2017
Bellabeg Park, Lonach
Solo Piping
Jennifer Stewart (Secretary)
01975 651772

Glenurquhart Games
Aug 26
Jane Drennan

Strathardle Games
Aug 26
Hamish Nicholson
01882 634 307

Northern Meeting , Inverness
Eden Court Theatre
Aug 30/31

Braemar Gathering
Sept 2
Jim Wood
01339 741 527

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

Blairgowrie & Rattray Highland Games
Sunday 3rd September, 2017
Bogles Field, Blairgowrie

Pitlochry Highland Games
Saturday 9th September, 2017
Recreation Ground, Pitlochry
Solo Piping, pipe bands
June D. A.Templeman (Secretary)
01796 473488