Ar­gyll won’t cower from best at Cowal

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

THE LARGEST and ‘most spec­tac­u­lar’ High­land games in the world is un­der­way and Ar­gyll com­peti­tors are keen to make a last­ing im­pres­sion.

The three-day ex­trav­a­ganza that is Cowal High­land Gath­er­ing kicked off yes­ter­day (Thurs­day Au­gust 24) with the Scot­tish Na­tional High­land Danc­ing Cham­pi­onships, and prom­ises a busy sched­ule of events right through to the fire­work fi­nale on Satur­day.

Or­gan­is­ers have promised that 2017 will once again bring a huge range of fam­ily at­trac­tions, with a mix of High­land danc­ing, pip­ing, wrestling, chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment, lo­cal food and much more.

And with hun­dreds of the world’s best High­land dancers, pipers, heavy ath­letes and tra­di­tional wrestlers pre­pared to bat­tle it out to be crowned Cowal cham­pion there’s sure to be a few Ar­gyll faces in the mix.

More than 700 dancers from all cor­ners of the globe are ex­pected to take the stage as the gath­er­ing hosts both the Scot­tish and World High­land Danc­ing Cham­pi­onships, with classes, qual­i­fiers and fi­nals stag­gered over the three days.

This year the pip­ing com­pe­ti­tions has seen an in­crease in en­trants, with 77 solo pipers sign­ing up, in ad­di­tion to the many pipe bands. Show­ing just what Ar­gyll has to of­fer the pip­ing world on Satur­day will be Mid Ar­gyll Pipe Band; Dunoon Gram­mar School; Oban High School; Kin­tyre Schools; Dunoon Ar­gyll; Rothe­say and District; Isle of Is­lay; Oban Pipe Band; and the new grade one cham­pi­ons of the world In­ver­aray and District, as they all com­pete through­out the day in the Cowal Pipe Band Cham­pi­onship.

The tra­di­tional High­land games dis­ci­plines have al­ways formed the cor­ner­stone of the gath­er­ing but in re­cent years there has been so much more to en­joy.

Among other at­trac­tions are the Rid­ge­side Fal­conry Dis­play team, Scot­land’s pre­mier cy­cle stunt team The Clan, a Glas­gow Science Cen­tre tent and the event’s fa­mous ceilidh tent - this year boast­ing a line up in­clud­ing Eriskay Lilt, Heron Val­ley, HO-RO and Man­ran.

For more in­for­ma­tion and full event sched­ules visit the gath­er­ing’s web­site at www. cow­al­gath­er­ing.com.

The pip­ing com­pe­ti­tions at Cowal Gath­er­ing will be fierce.

Con­cen­tra­tion from dancers.

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