Cowal Highland Gathering
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.