FANCY A FLING AT INVERARAY HIGHLAND GAMES?
The original Loch Fyne Oysters company, located at the head of Loch Fyne in Argyll, on the west coast of Scotland, is proud to sponsor the Inveraray Highland Games which take place on the third Tuesday in. July each year. Held in the grounds of stunning Inveraray Castle, the games are hosted by the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell, and are a must see attraction for tourists visiting the Argyll area in summer.
The Inveraray Highland Games traditionally start mid-morning with a pipe band led parade, which starts in Inveraray Town Centre itself, and marches to the games venue at Inveraray Castle. There is so much to see across all of the events and competitions, many of which take place at the same time in various locations throughout the day.
The games comprise a wide range of light and heavy sporting games and cultural activity contests. These include competitions in Highland dancing, bagpipe playing, and old traditional sports such as wrestling, hammer throw, throwing the weight over the bar, and the stone putt. The games also feature contests in running, cycling, long jump, and high jump. And a favourite crowd pleaser is caber tossing, with the games hosting the Caber World Championship competition each year – a sight to behold and marvel at.
Highland dancing consists of three dances; the Highland Fling (said to mimic Red Deer on the hill), the Sword Dance, and the Seann Triubhas which is a celebratory dance for the reintroduction of the kilt after its proscription in 1746.
Bagpipe music has come to symbolise the highland games and Scotland itself. As well as the solo piping competition which runs the whole day, pipe bands play many crowd-pleasing favourites.
With so many varied events taking place there is something for all the family at the Inveraray Highland Games, including children’s entertainment and fair rides. The event also features a good selection of local food and drink stands showcasing the best of Scottish produce, and many trade and charity stalls. The games are well sign posted from Inveraray, and free parking is available at the games. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome on the field.
And no trip to Argyll would be complete without a visit to the original Loch Fyne Oyster Bar & Restaurant which is near Inveraray on the road from Glasgow.
So, why not consider a trip to Argyll to visit Loch Fyne and take in the Inveraray Highland Games? Some dates for your diary – Tuesday 21 July 2020, and Tuesday 20 July 2021.