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Scotland… A history held in tradition, Gaelic tongue, family clans, and… The Highland Games.

The annual Inverness Highland Games is just around the corner, and you won’t want to miss it. The event starts on Friday 19th July for a full weekend of Scottish pride and history.

Friday 19th July – Highlands strongest Man and Woman

The festivities start at 6pm outside Eden Court with the delights of the City of Inverness pipe band, the Elizbeth Fraser school of highland dancing, and members of the Inverness branch of the royal Scottish country dance.

At 7:30pm, now in its 7th year, and a firm favourite, the highlands strongest competition. In Northern meeting park there will be 5 thrilling events the competitors will battle out.

Wheelbarrow load, The Axle press, Oh duck, Sandbags over the bar, and Big squats.

Will you be there to watch the athletes claiming new titles?

Saturday 20th July – The Inverness Highland Games

Starting at 11am in Bught park stadium, the solo piping and highland dancing competitions kick off the day’s events. The opening ceremony will commence at noon with a performance by Prima Dance group. Following the opening ceremony will be the Games’ Hall of Fame.

At 4:30pm the Tossing the Caber event will start, followed by the Heavies attempting the Inverness Stoneman’s Stone, weighing 252 pounds. The Heavies exhausted from a day’s competition will need to clearly lift the stone over a bar suspended 5 foot in the air.

Throughout the day, families are invited to explore the Clan Village exhibitions organised by the association of highland clans and societies – this is the biggest inter clan gathering staged annually in Scotland.

Sunday 21st July – Gala day    

Proud Ness pride parade kicks off the day at 1pm in Bught park, followed by the Junior Shinty Festival, noon -2pm.  Proud Ness concludes the rest of the day, introducing the worlds first Highland Games for dogs with attitude. Fancy dress, disobedience classes, and agility tests for both dogs and humans.

If you’re passing us on your way back from Inverness, stop in and grab a bite to eat in our Brasserie? Or stop for a drink in our Waypoint Bar?

The Lovat Loch Ness, a perfect place to… End your family day out.

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