DUFFTOWN HIGHLAND GAMES
Saturday 27 July 2019
The Dufftown highland games have been held the last Saturday in July since 1892. Today they are a taste of something Scottish for everybody. A full programme of light and heavy events, massed pipe bands, highland dancing and hill races. Visitors can take part in the overseas race - an opportunity to participate in a northern highland games. Fun for the entire family and much more.
Whether you are a competitor in one of our many events, live in the area and looking for the perfect day out for the family, or have come to Scotland from any part of the world for your vacation, the Dufftown highland games is the ideal outing for you and your family.
Concession: £4.00 (under 16 and over 65)
Children under 5 free
Tickets available at the gate
A message from the Committee
A warm welcome awaits you at Dufftown highland games which takes place on the last Saturday in July. We have a full programme of events running throughout the day showcasing a typical highland games - throwing the hammer, tossing the caber, highland dancing, massed pipes and drums and much more. The day concludes with ‘Beat the Retreat’ at 18.00 by the clock tower. We hope you will come along and enjoy one of the best highland games around and make it a memorable day.
Highland games have a long history in Scotland. There is a tradition that clan chiefs held contests as long ago as the 11th century to find their fastest runners and toughest fighting men. This formed the basis of the games as we know them today.
Highland games are held throughout the year in Scotland and other countries as a way of celebrating Scottish culture and heritage, especially that of the Scottish highlands. Certain aspects of the games are so well known they have become symbolic of Scotland, such as the bagpipes, the kilt, and the heavy events, especially the caber toss. While centred on competitions in piping and drumming, dancing, and Scottish heavy athletics, the games also include entertainment and exhibits related to other aspects of Scottish culture.
Highland games today are devoted to preserving and promoting Scottish culture at its best, very often being the main highlight and focus of community life. They are often the highlight of a visit to Scotland.