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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 6th, 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 may 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 7, GLENGARRY Highland Games, Invergarry, one hour from Shenval B&B and 10mns from Loch Ness.

Saturday 13th, 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 20th, 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 20h, 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. www.invernesshighlandgames.com

Saturday 27th, 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, 14 pipe bands plus all the traditional events.

Wednesday 31st, 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.

Friday 2nd, DORNOCH Highland Gathering, the Meadows Park: running, cycling, heavy weights, light field, solo piping, Highland dance.

Saturday 3rd, 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. 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 7th, 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 9th, ASSYNT Highland Games, on the North-West Sutherland coast, Culag Park, Lochinver. Events:  Running, Heavy Weights, Solo Piping, Light Field, Highland Dancing.

Saturday 10th, 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.

Saturday 10th, ABERNETHY Highland Games, at Nethy Bridge, 70ms’ drive from  your  accommodations base at Shenval  B&B. Events include: Dancing, Pipe Band, solo Piping and Drumming, Athletics, Road Race and Heavy events.

Saturday 17th, 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 17th, HELMSDALE Highland Games, Couper Park, Running, Heavy Weights, Solo Piping, Light Field, Highland Dance. Special Event: Scottish Hill Race Championship.

Saturday 17th, 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 24th, 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.  More details at the top of this page.

Sunday 25th, GRANTOWN ON SPEY Highland Gathering, Heithfield Park. Running, cycling, Heavy Weights, Solo Piping, Light Field and Highland Dance. Special Event: 56lb Weight for Distance Championship.

Saturday 21st, INVERCHARRON Highland Games, Balblair Farm by Bonar Bridge. Traditionally the final games of the year, many of the Scottish Highland Games Association league results are decided at Invercharron, making it one of the most exciting of the season. Heavy events, piping competitions, Highland dancing, track and field, hill and children’s races, tug o’ war and cycling all feature in this fun-packed day, with a variety of stalls and amusements.

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