Gearing Up for Gourock/ UK PB Champs Entry Reminder

Inverclyde District Council, the promoters of one of the first pipe band contest of the season at Gourock, have sent this…

International interest is building in the Gourock Highland Games with enquiries from tourists from as far afield as Spain, France, Canada, Australia and the United States. Many of the visitors are planning their itineraries around the games and are looking for accommodation in the local area.

The annual event, now celebrating its 63rd year, kicks off the Scottish highland games season on Sunday 12 May at 12noon in Battery Park, Gourock.

Massed bands at last year’s Gourock contest

Over 10,000 people are expected to attend the one-day event which features: 

  • Top quality piping competitions in the first run out ahead of the opening Major of the season.
  • Traditional highland games competition including tossing the caber and lifting the Kempock Stane
  • The West of Scotland Highland Dance Championships
  • A range of come and try sports with Gourock Community SportsHub including golf, tennis and cricket
  • Mini Highland Games with Inverclyde Active Schools
  • Food, drink and entertainment
  • Traders’ tent hosting James Watt merchandise and a range of craft stalls
  • Gourock Community tent with local community information youth groups and tourist information
  • Plus a range of other fun activities and events.

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A spokesperson for Inverclyde Council said, ‘In the run up to the games we get lots of calls from visitors looking for information about the event and how to get there. This year most of our calls, emails and many of our social media messages have been from international visitors.

‘Some already have plans to travel and are choosing to take in the games as part of their trip. There appears to be an increasing number of people planning their Scottish holidays’ to coincide with the Gourock Highland Games.

‘The games hold a special place in the Scottish diary and we are delighted that so many international visitors intend to join us to mark the start of the Scottish season here in Inverclyde.’

Contests at Gourock are for all grades and D/Ms. May 12 also sees contests at Dundee City (all grades), and Banchory (all grades – draw here). May 11 sees a contest at Dunbar (all grades – draw here).

Meanwhile the RSPBA have asked us to remind all bands that entries for the UK Pipe Band Championships to be held in Lurgan, Northern Ireland on June 15, close on Wednesday May 1. The draw for the championsips will be held on May 8 and published that afternoon.

Dates of all RSPBA Championships:

  • British Championships – May 18th at Paisley
  • UK Championships – June 15th at Lurgan, Northern Ireland
  • European Championships – June 29th at Inverness
  • Scottish Championships – July 27th at Dumbarton
  • World Championships – August 16th/17th at Glasgow Green

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