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A mere 7 miles (12kms) from your holiday accommodation base at Shenval organic Bed and Breakfast,  the village of Drumnadrochit, on the shores of Loch Ness, plays host to the Glenurquhart Highland Gathering and Games, on the 4th Saturday in August, at Blairbeg Park.

Putting the Shott, Throwing the Hammer, Throwing 28lb Weight - Distance, Weight Over Bar, Tossing the Caber, Tug of War, Hill Race, Piping with both Traditional Pipe Band and Piping competition, Highland Dancing Display, Field and track events, Cycling including De'il Tak the Hindmost...
If any of the above sound unfamiliar or rather do not mean a thing, then you'd better have a look in at the Glenurquhart Highland Games Website  for the full programme of events. You may also wish to take part in the Glen Challenge, full details available from the same website.

Other local outdoor sports events close to your accommodation at Shenval B&B (marathon, fun runs, duathlon, walking festival, orienteering, etc), along with wildlife watching activities, are listed under "Outdoor events" in the left hand column. 

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The Glenurquhart Highland Gathering and Games are not by any means the only Highland Gatherings and Games easily accessible from Shenval organic Bed & Breakfast, near Loch Ness. Most of those listed in the Highland Games diary below are to be held in locations less than 2 hours' drive away from us. Some of the smaller events even have you join in if you -adults and children- feel brave enough or want to have a bit of fun!

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Saturday 4th, from 11:30am, FORRES Highland Games, Grant Park, Forres on the shores of the Moray Firth and just over one hour's drive from your accommodation at Shenval B&B. From 11:30am Games day commences with a Pipe Band procession up Forres High Street before the Games flag is raised over the arena.  The day follows with a spectacular show of Scottish tradition, sport and culture with Highland Dancing, Track and Field, Heavy Events, Tug ‘o’ War, Solo Piping and many more disciplines on display. Unique to the Forres Games is the Message Bike Race, where spectators can turn participant and race the field on an old traditional message bike in hope of lifting a winner’s trophy.

Saturday 11th, TAIN Highland Gathering, Glenmorangie Field near Glenmorangie Distillery, just over one hour's drive from Shenval B&B: running, cycling, heavy events, light field, solo piping (senior and junior), Highland dancing.

Saturday 18th, only 30mns from your accommodation at Shenval organic Bed&Breakfast, the CITY OF INVERNESS Highland Games will take place at the Northern Meeting Park Arena, Inverness. 11.00-20.00. The biggest Highland games in the North of Scotland returns to its historic home in the heart of Inverness, as part of the Inverness Summer Festival. As usual the day will end with the Heavies attempting a unique event which can trace its roots back to The True Highland Games staged in 1822. The Inverness Stonemason’s Stone weighs 252 pounds and always generates the biggest cheer if any of the Heavies have enough strength left at the end of an exhausting day of competition to lift it cleanly over a bar suspended 5 foot in the air. Less than a dozen athletes have been able to complete the task to date. www.invernesshighlandgames.com

Saturday 18th, LOCHCARRON Highland Games, Attadale estate, 2 hours’ drive from Shenval Bed and Breakfast: traditional mixture of heavy events, track and field plus Highland dancing and piping displays, from 11.30am till 5pm.

Saturday 25th, DUFFTOWN Highland Games, Mortlach School Sports Fields, on the Whisky trail and about 2 hours from Shenval B&B: Ben Rinnes 5 tops Hill Race (22.4kms and 1520m/5000ft elevation), 14 pipe bands plus all the traditional events.

Wednesday 29th, ARISAIG Highland Games and Clan Donald Gathering. Includes a ceremonial march through the village led by Lochaber Schools Pipe Band preceding the Games. The Games features a full list of traditional events including solo piping, throwing the hammer, tossing the caber, highland dancing, and a range of track and field events including children’s races, PLUS the highly entertaining barrel race !...

Saturday 1st, NEWTONMORE Highland Games, the Eilan, just over an hour’s drive from your accommodation at Shenval B&B. Events: Running, Heavy Weights, Solo Piping, Light Field, Highland Dance and the Creag Dhubh hill race. As usual there will be the spectacular sights of the Clan Macpherson Annual Rally and March to the Games.
Saturday 3rd, ABERLOUR Strathspey Highland Games, Aberlour High School Playing Field, under two hours’ drive from Shenval B&B. Running,Heavy Weights, Tug-of-war, Light Field, Highland Dance.

Wednesday 5th, ISLE OF SKYE Highland Games, The Lump, Portree. Events: Running, Heavy Weights, Tug-of-war, Solo Piping, Light Field, Highland Dance. Come and witness or participate in this authentic expression of Highland tradition and culture. http://www.skye-highland-games.co.uk for full information.

Friday 7th, DORNOCH Highland Gathering, the Meadows Park: running, cycling, heavy weights, light field, solo piping, Highland dance.

Saturday 8th, ABERNETHY Highland Games, at Nethy Bridge, 70ms’ drive from your  accommodation base at Shenval  B&B. Events include: Dancing, Pipe Band, solo Piping and Drumming, Athletics, Road Race and Heavy events.

Saturday 8th, STRATHPEFFER Highland Gathering, Castle Leod, about 45 mns from your accommodation base at Shenval Bed&Breakfast. Events: Solo Piping, Highland Dancing, Running, Field Events, Heavy events, Tug Of War, Cycling, hill race, Piping Competition.

Friday 14th, ASSYNT Highland Games, on the North-West Sutherland coast, Culag Park, Lochinver. Events: Running, Heavy Weights, Solo Piping, Light Field, Highland Dancing.

Saturday 15th, NAIRN Highland Games, just one hour’s drive from Shenval Bed and  Breakfast. At the Nairn Links from 12.30, with massed pipe bands, athletics, half-marathon, dancing and piping.

Saturday 15th, HELMSDALE Highland Games, Couper Park, Running, Heavy Weights, Solo Piping, Light Field, Highland Dance, Hill Race.

Saturday 15th, GLENFINNAN Highland Games in the shadow of the Glenfinnan Monument and the Harry Potter viaduct, a beautiful day’s outing 90mns from your accommodation base at Shenval Bed&Breakfast.

Saturday 22nd, our own local Games, ten minutes' drive from Shenval B&B, near Loch Ness, the GLENURQUHART Highland Gathering and Games will be held at Blairbeg Park, Drumnadrochit, 10.30-17.00. Local Events start at 10.30am and Open Events at 1.30pm. Highland games with pipe band, piping competitions, heavy events, field and track events, cycling, tug o’ war, stalls and shows AND the Auld Scottish Race where kilt wearing is compulsory. More details at the top of this page.

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