Dufftown Highland Games - last Saturday in July since 1892

The Games

A taste of something Scottish for everybody. A full programme of Light and Heavy Events, Massed Pipe Bands, Highland Dancing, Hill Races, fun for the entire family and much more.  Visitors can take part in the Overseas Race -  an opportunity to participate in a Northern Highland Games.  

Join us

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 outting for you..

Click on the photos below for highlights of past games 

History

Athletic 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 events 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 as to have become emblematic 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. 

 

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