The Games

The events at the Kenmore Highland Games

The Games commence at 4.30 with the Junior Heavies competition in the Main Arena.  Their competition includes Putting the Shot, Weight for distance, Throwing the Hammer and Tossing the Caber.

Highland Dancing. Commences on the Dance Stage around 5.30 p.m. and is organised by Jean Swanston.  Dancers of all ages perform to impress the judges – and the audience!
*Dancers: If you wish to enter this year’s competition, please click HERE for the entry form – we’re looking forward to seeing you!

6.00 p.m. The Vale of Atholl Pipe Band opens the games with a parade and address by the President of Kenmore Highland Games, Robin Menzies.  The Band will play and march throughout the evening.  Marching and playing is a challenging skill to master but the Band are masters and a visual and musical treat!  

The Heavy Events.  Putting the Shot 16lbs (7.25kg) , Throwing the Hammer 16lb (7,25kg), Over the bar 56lbs (25.4kg), Weight for Distance (28lbs (12.7kg) Tossing the Caber, and Tossing the Sheaf.

Plus, see these remarkable athletes compete in the Heavy Weight event unique to Kenmore, Throwing the Tirinie Stone – an almost spherical stone found on Tirinie Farm, Kenmore. Competitors battle to beat the record throw of 183 inches (464 cm).

The Tirinie Stone weighs around 101lbs (46kgs).

Piping competitions. Pipers young and not so young compete. Bagpipes are among the most difficult instruments to play. They depend on air control and the ability to play the right notes as you blow and squeeze.  The competition takes place at the far end of the ground so please wander down to see these remarkable musicians compete which is a  spectacle in itself!  

Races – open to all.  The races start with the under 5’s to 16 years old races.  These are followed by the adult races which involve 100, 400 and 800 metres.  The culmination of the racing events is the Kenmore Hill Race – enough to test the endurance of the best runners.  Competitors run up and down Kenmore Hill, approx 5.5 miles/8.8 Km.

Tug of War Competition.  Everyone loves the Tug of War Competition which is the last event of the evening, although the Heavies will still be hauling stuff around!  Watch the thrilling end of our Games and cheer on your favourite teams! 

Medals and cash prizes are awarded to the winners of all competitions on the evening.  

The games officially open at 6 pm but the competition starts at 4.30 pm with the Junior Heavies. 

Food, beverages, a licensed bar, gift stands and lots of fun activities for children all feature in this evening of entertainment for the whole family.  Dogs on leads are welcome.

Groups and bus parties are also welcome and can contact The Secretary on 07754 497889 for more information.

Photographs:  Please note, we will be taking photographs throughout the evening for use on these pages.  Unless you make us aware at the time, it is assumed that you are happy for any photographs to be included on this website.  Thank you.  

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