Carnival atmosphere for 79th annual Arisaig games
A SUCCESSFUL day ended with a booming night for this year’s Arisaig games.
The 79th annual event saw a record number of people turn out to watch Highland dancers, adult heavyweight champions and newcomers, junior heavies and runners compete on Wednesday July 29.
A series of children’s races were enjoyed as were a variety of food and bar tents, carnival games and bouncy castles.
Thousands of people circulated craft, jewellery and clothing stalls throughout the day.
Despite getting off to a cold start with wind and rain on and off, the afternoon picked up and people were able to enjoy some sunshine and heat at the village’s Traigh Farm.
Later in the evening, members of the community and visitors turned out at Astley village hall to take part in a ceilidh and dance to music performed by locally-born band, Skipinnish.
Organisers later said on social media: ‘ Numbers have yet to be officially counted, but we think we may have had record numbers today.
‘The Astley hall tonight was full to capacity within an hour.
‘Great stuff - it’s brilliant to see our wee village so busy.’
Although the windy daytime weather was not most welcome by competitors, it seemed to encourage the public.
But the highlight of Wednesday’s events was Skipinnish, according to all those who came along to the games.
The five-piece traditional Scottish Gaelic band performed a series of popular hits as well as some of their own on the night.
Lochaber schools pipe band played Scottish classics including Auld Lang Syne.
The Connolly family, from Dumbarton, enjoyed their first trip to the games after years of camping in Arisaig. Sisters Emma, 10, and Lauren, 12, (far right) and cousin Caitlin, eight, browsed the stalls. Nathan Burchett, 29, from iowa enjoyed taking part in the games. Roy Valentine, from Stonehaven, competed in the heavyweights.
Catherine Walker, from Virginia USA, was in town on business and went along to enjoy the