Cowal High­land Gath­er­ing

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

With around 23,000 peo­ple vis­it­ing each year, Cowal High­land Gath­er­ing is get­ting ready to wel­come the world back to Dunoon be­tween 25-27 Au­gust.

Renowned for its unique at­mos­phere, world-class com­pe­ti­tions, mag­nif­i­cent High­land set­ting and spine tin­gling Sa­lute to the Chief­tain, Cowal High­land Gath­er­ing is a great fam­ily day out.

Show­cas­ing Scot­land’s finest tra­di­tions and sports, in­clud­ing pipe band com­pe­ti­tions where bands strive to win the old­est pipe band tro­phy – the pres­ti­gious Ar­gyll Shield, visi­tors will also find fiercely con­tested heavy ath­let­ics. This year teams from Scot­land, Ice­land and Ger­many will do bat­tle to see which na­tion has what it takes to lift the Cowal Heavy Ath­let­ics ti­tle.

Cowal High­land Gath­er­ing is also home to the World High­land Danc­ing Cham­pi­onships, and this year or­gan­is­ers are pre­par­ing to wel­come an in­cred­i­ble 684 dancers, the high­est num­ber of en­trants ever recorded to Dunoon. Many of th­ese dancers will travel thou­sands of miles to take part, with com­pet- itors ar­riv­ing from as far afield as the USA, Canada, South Africa, Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

Once again or­gan­is­ers are build­ing on the range of fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment on of­fer. The great news is that the thou­sands of peo­ple ex­pected to flock to Dunoon sta­dium on Gath­er­ing Satur­day (27 Au­gust) can do it all. They’ll be able to sam­ple ev­ery­thing with­out missing out on any­thing!

De­spite the range of at­trac­tions be­ing big­ger and bet­ter than ever be­fore, visi­tors will have am­ple op­por­tu­nity to sched­ule their day so as to take in ev­ery­thing there is to see.

The suc­cess of last year’s Gath­er­ing, which in­tro­duced a fan­tas­tic ar­ray of ad­di­tional en­ter­tain­ment to com­ple­ment the more tra­di­tional high­land ele­ments, has en­sured the event will once again of­fer some­thing for ev­ery­one, what­ever their age. With an em­pha­sis on fam­ily fun, the at­trac­tions on of­fer will en­ter­tain the young and young at heart! New for this year, Fer­ret World mixes fun and ed­u­ca­tion be­fore the fer­rets go head to head in a race! And, fol­low­ing its suc­cess last year the Favours and Flavours tent is back to showcase the best of Scot­land’s food, drink and crafts. The Xtreme Stunt Team will be on hand to wow the au­di­ence with two wheeled tricks, back by pop­u­lar de­mand Ar­tie will have younger visi­tors singing along with his Tar­tan Tales, Glas­gow Science Cen­tre’s presents Dis­gust­ing Di­ges­tion, and if that wasn’t enough the Cowal Kid’s En­ter­tain­ment Tent makes a re­turn with magic shows, pup­pet shows, face paint­ing and much more!

Of course the tra­di­tional events re­main the foun­da­tion with a wealth of at­trac­tions to choose from – from high­land danc­ing and pip­ing to heavy ath­let­ics, wrestling and top ceilidh mu­sic.

This year’s Cowal High­land Gath­er­ing runs from Thurs­day Au­gust 25 – Satur­day Au­gust 27.

For in­for­ma­tion or to book tick­ets, please visit the Gath­er­ing’s web­site at www.cow­al­gath­er­ing. com or con­tact the event of­fice by email­ing info@cow­al­gath­er­ing. com or phon­ing 01369 703206.

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