The Oban Times - - Feature -

Camp­bel­town High­land Games Satur­day May 13 Camp­bel­town High­land Games will be held May 13 on the hospi­tal field at Lime­craigs, making it easy for lo­cals and trans­port to reach. There is a small ad­mis­sion fee, but it’ll all be worth it to see local ath­letes do­ing the town proud. The fun kicks off at 11am with events in­clud­ing track and field, High­land danc­ing, heavy events, shot- putt, chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ments and, of course, the ever pop­u­lar beer tent. He­lens­burgh High­land Games Satur­day June 3 The He­lens­burgh Games are linked to the Colquhoun and MacAu­ley clans, whose chiefs al­ter­nate the du­ties of clan chief­tain. Tra­di­tional com­pe­ti­tions such as the danc­ing and ath­let­ics are on show, with the heav­ies events such as caber toss­ing at­tract­ing com­peti­tors from all around the UK. The spec­ta­tors can even get in the act by com­pet­ing in race events for old and young alike, with prize money in play. The He­lens­burgh games started in 1889 with the mod­ern ver­sion kick­ing off in 2008. It’s a high­light of the sea­son for both lo­cals and vis­i­tors, and in 2011 was fea­tured on The One Show. Lorne High­land Games Sun­day June 25 The fun- filled day is back again this year. Staged in Oban, at Moss­field Park, the games are lo­cally known as The Peo­ple’s Games. The games have all the favourite el­e­ments of a good Scot­tish High­land Games in­clud­ing caber toss­ing, ham­mer throw­ing and tug- o- war – all the ac­tion you’d ex­pect from a top event. You can even take part in the track and field events or just re­lax and enjoy the High­land danc­ing com­pe­ti­tion or pipe band dis­plays. There will be af­ter­noon teas, a li­censed tent, var­i­ous at­trac­tive stalls and even the dog show is back. It is a fam­ily fun day out that ev­ery­one can enjoy. Ken­more High­land Games Wed­nes­day July 5 The Ken­more High­land Games or­gan­ised by the Ken­more and District Sports As­so­ci­a­tion was started in 1972. Known lo­cally as the ‘ friendly’ games, it wel­comes ev­ery­one who cares to join in with this small com­mu­nity in their an­nual event. Held at the Ken­more Sports Field, events in­clude High­land danc­ing, heavy­weight events, pip­ing com­pe­ti­tions, open foot races and Throw­ing the Tirinie Stone – an al­most spher­i­cal stone found on Tirinie Farm, Ken­more weigh­ing 101lbs. In­ver­aray High­land Games Tues­day July 18 In­ver­aray High­land Games will be hosted this year on July 18. This is one of the big ones, held in the shadow of In­ver­aray Cas­tle at Win­ter­ton Park. It fea­tures the world caber toss­ing cham­pi­onship so ex­pect to hear ac­cents from all over the world. His Grace the Duke of Ar­gyll leads the pa­rade to the games field through the Royal Burgh with In­ver­aray and District Pipe Band play­ing. There is also cy­cling and wrestling in­cluded on the packed pro­gramme. There’s so much go­ing on and the events be­gin at 9am. Mull High­land Games Thurs­day July 20 Er­ray Park, Tober­mory, has the Sound of Mull and the hills of Ard­na­mur­chan as its back­drop making it a per­fect place to hold High­land games. Events held in­clude heavy­weights, light field events and High­land danc­ing. The park is also a great place to be­gin – and end – a hill race with the pipe band play­ing and spec­ta­tors cheer­ing the run­ners home. Mull games al­ways has a great at­mos­phere and that ex­tends to the trip there are back on the ferry. Make sure you get your tick­ets booked in ad­vance as the boats are al­ways packed on games day. Taynuilt Satur­day July 22 Who is go­ing to make it to the top of the greasy pole and who is go­ing to break the record for throw­ing the Nant stone? Taynuilt High­land Games will be held this year on July 22, host­ing a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent events in­clude pip­ing, field, danc­ing and track. Taynuilt has a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing a friendly games, at­tract­ing many for­eign tourists. The or­gan­is­ers al­ways en­cour­age peo­ple to join in the com­pe­ti­tions. The pip­ing con­test al­ways at­tracts some of the best. The games be­gin at 11am and the march to the games field is lead by Oban Pipe Band.

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