Highland Games are a spectacle like no other. As one of Scotland’s longest standing traditions the games take place across the country welcoming hundreds of visitors to experience athletic events, Highland dancing, live music and great food against a scenic Scottish backdrop.
Celebrating the sporting custom, Caledonian Sleeper has listed its top Highland Games which can be easily accessed when travelling from the heart of London to Scotland. Board in London Euston and arrive the next morning at one of the Scotland’s picture-postcard railway stations serviced by Caledonian Sleeper ready to start your Highland Games adventure.
Perth Highland Games, Perthshire
Located a short distance from Perth railway station, Perth Highland Games will take place on Sunday 13 August.
Offering a range of traditional heavy weight athletics and pipe band performances as well as fresh produce from Scotland’s larder, the event is set to provide something of interest for every age.
A series of trade stands will be selling local food and drink as well as a selection of craft products which can be taken home as souvenirs. Amusements and rides will keep children occupied whilst adults sample cheeses, fresh fruit and sweet items grown and produced by nearby local outlets.
Rannoch Highland Gathering, Scottish Highlands
The remote area of Rannoch in the Scottish Highlands has held its annual Highland Gathering on the third Saturday of August since 1881. A highlight of the local community’s social and sporting calendar, the friendly event will take place this year on Saturday 19 August offering attendees the opportunity to meet new faces, try out heavy weight sports and enjoy a selection of performances.
The Rannoch Highland Gathering also consists of a unique hill race up Craig Varr. Climbing 1000ft across one mile, the record time for the race is under 20 minutes which was obtained in 2000 by Alan Milligan.
Pitlochry Highland Games, Perthshire
Pitlochry Highland Games has been committed to preserving Scotland’s cultural traditions since the event was first established in 1852.
Set to take place on Saturday 9 September, the event will continue to recognise the country’s heritage by rewarding competitors in areas outwith track and field. Highland dancers and pipe bands will compete for prizes and trophies in their category, helping to encourage people of all ages to get involved and try their hand at a Scottish tradition.
Held in recreation grounds close to the River Tummel, Pitlochry Highland Games is a short walk from the local railway station.
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