Oban and Inverness Open for Business as First 2023 Games Schedule Published

Now is the time to get the diaries out and start planning for summer 2023. Inverness and Oban are now open for registration/ entry.

It is a requirement that those pipers intending to compete at the major gatherings register as final eligibility will be decided at a joint meeting of the promoters and other bodies next month.

Here is the link for the Argyllshire Gathering. Here is the link for the Northern Meeting. The tunes required for these gatherings are available on the Piobaireachd Society website.

The listings below are courtesy the ‘Scotland Welcomes You’ website. We are listing only those which traditionally have pipe band or solo piping contests. Many of the events are still to be confirmed (TBC) can be checked for updates by clicking the link to the individual websites.

The last games of the summer, Pitlochry, are planning to run a piobaireachd event next September – for the first time in almost a century. More information on this to follow.

The picture above is of Allan Russell competing at Drumtochty Games last summer.

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Gourock Highland Games, TBC, Battery Park, Greenock

Gordon Castle Highland Games, 21st May 2023, Gordon Castle Estate

Atholl Gathering and Highland Games, 28th May 2023


Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games, TBC

Strathmore Highland Games, TBC

Ardrossan Highland Games, TBC

Cupar Highland Games, TBC

P/M Jimmy Banks MBE judges Ben Duncan at Ceres Games in 2019

Drumtochty Highland Games, 24th June 2023, Drumtochty Glen 

Aberdeen Highland Games, TBC, Hazelhead Park

Ceres Highland Games, 24th June 2023


Luss Highland Games, TBC

Forres Highland Games, TBC, Grant Park, Forres 

Kenmore Highland Games, TBC, Kenmore Pavillion & Sports Field

Inverness Highland Games, 15th July 2023, Bught Park

Tomintoul Highland Games, 15th July 2023

Rosneath Peninsula Highland Games, TBC

Dr Peter McCalister competing at Luss in July 2022

Stonehaven Highland Games, TBC

Inveraray Highland Games, 18th July 2023, in the grounds of Inveraray Castle

Balquhidder, Lochearnhead & Strathyre Highland Games, 22nd July 2023

Arisaig Highland Games, TBC, Traigh Farm, Arisaig

Darach Urquhart, winner at Lochearnhead in 2014

Durness Highland Gathering, TBC

Halkirk Highland Games, 29th July 2023, Caithness

St Andrews Highland Games, 30th July 2023, Station Park


Bridge of Allan Highland Games, 6th August 2023

Isle of Skye Highland Games, 8/9th August 2023, Portree

Aboyne Highland Games, TBC, The Green, Aboyne

Winners at Aboyne in 2019

North Berwick International Highland Games, TBC

Ballater Highland Games, 10th August 2023, Monaltrie Park

Assynt Highland Games, TBC, Culag Park, Lochinver

Atholl & Breadalbane Highland Games, TBC, Aberfeldy

Bute Highland Games, 12th August 2023, The Stadium, High Street, Rothesay

Abernethy Highland Games, 12th August 2023

Perth Highland Games , TBC, within the grounds of Scone Palace

Glenisla Highland Games, 18th August 2023, The Haugh, Forter, Angus

The setting for Nethybridge Games

Helmsdale Highland Games, 20th August 2022, Couper Park, Helmsdale

Crieff Highland Gathering, 20th August 2023, Market Park

Argyllshire Gathering, Oban, 23rd/24th August 2023

Cowal Highland Gathering, 24th – 27th August 2023, Dunoon

Glenurquhart Highland Games, TBC, Blairbeg Park, Drumnadrochit

Strathardle Highland Gathering 26th August 2023, Bannerfield, Kirkmichael

Lonach Highland Games, 27th August 2022, Bellabeg, Strathdon

Northern Meeting, Inverness, Aug 31/ Sept 1


Braemar Gathering, 2nd September 2023, Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park

U-18 winner Arran Green with Convenor Stuart Samson at Blairgowrie Games last year

Blairgowrie Highland Games, TBC

Pitlochry Highland Games, 9th September 2023, Recreation Ground

1 thought on “Oban and Inverness Open for Business as First 2023 Games Schedule Published

  1. Hi Rab
    Excellent article on the depth of opportunities to listen to Piping on the circuit this year.I would add that the Mull games on the 20th July at Erray Park Tobermory and the Taynuilt Games at the shinty pitch at Taynuilt on the 22nd July both have solo Piping competitions including Piobaireachd. Both are cracking events with juvenile and senior competitions in extremely atmospheric settings the former looking over the sound of Mull to lochaline and the latter under the shadow of Ben Cruachan.Both games attract pretty good Pipers as well.

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