Visiting a Highland Games in Scotland

Summer!  So that means that the Highland Games in Scotland will be starting.  I had hoped that we would be lucky and find some event close by that we could visit and we were.

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Not only were the games close by, only 15 miles or so away in the town of Dufftown (I can’t help thinking about the Simpsons though!!), but it was also a lovely sunny day so we could enjoy to the fullest.  Highland Games aren’t always a very cheap day out though, this one set us back £18 for the four of us which is reasonable, but I have seen much more expensive games, like the one that the Queen goes to.  I’m sure that’s the best highland games in Scotland!

Visiting a Highland Games in Scotland

I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’d never been to a Games before but it was a really interesting day. We loved watching the highland dancing and managed a really great view of that and there were loads of cheers when the competitors in the ‘heavy’ events threw the caber.  To be honest I spent the whole time just sat watching and enjoying.  James and the kids spent some time wandering around the many stalls, Marcus managed to win a bottle of whisky within about 5 minutes of arriving too!


The best bit for me was watching all the pipe bands go round the field, especially when they all play together.  You have never heard such a sound and it really makes your hairs on the back of your neck stand up!  All in all, we had a fantastic day out at the Games and I’m really glad we made the effort to go.  It’s hard when you’re on such a budget to decide what to do and what not to do, but we were all pleased with this decision – especially those who like whisky!


If you’d like to visit a Highland Games in Scotland then they take place on weekends in May to September.

You can find out about dates and locations of the Highland Games by checking out this link here.

One thought on “Visiting a Highland Games in Scotland

  1. Kerri says:

    Sometimes those splurges are worth it! After all isn’t that what travels about? It sounds like a great day and would love to see the highland games. By the way, love the picture of James and his whiskey bottle.

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