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Ballater Highland Games

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The Ballater Highland Games is a wonderfully colourful and enjoyable day of sport, music and dancing held amongst beautiful hills on the edge of the village. The games are always held on the

Second Thursday in August

IThis is a traditional Scottish event not to be missed.

Just 8 miles from Balmoral Castle, Ballater offers an outstanding range of good accommodation and restaurants. Moreover, Victoria Week takes place during the same week so there is every reason to prolong your visit and enjoy the excellent hospitality .

On these pages we give some background on Ballater Highland Games based on information provided by the late Eddie Anderson.

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  Games pages Introduction History of the Games The Heavy Events  

  Ballater Highland Games seen from Craigendarroch Hill  
Ballater Highland Games as seen from Craigendarroch Hill (Photograph by Mike Preston)

Ballater Highland Games competitions include piping, highland dancing, track events, a hill race, field events (both light and heavy), tug o’war, and tilt the bucket. There are also children’s races and a fun fair. Of course no Games would be complete without Pipe Bands, and Ballater is fortunate to have its own excellent Band. Competitions are open to all-comers, and competitors can register up to 30 minutes before the start of respective events.

The gates to the Games in Monaltrie Park, Ballater open at 10.00am. Events commence at 11.00am and continue through the day until around 5.00pm.

Beating Retreat takes place on the Church Green in Ballater at 7.00pm


  Ballater Highland Games

A young piper receives last minute advice

Visit the Ballater Highland Games Website

The Ballater Highland Games is run by

Ballater Highland Games
c/o High Trees
Morven Way
Aberdeenshire AB35 5SF

to whom correspondence should be addressed.

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