Temperatures soar as crowds flock to Inveraray Games
ARGYLL, as many people know, is a place of extremes – one minute we are soaking wet and the next the heat is unbearable.
For the second year in a row, Inveraray was in the midst of a heatwave. The good weather certainly brought out all the revellers and helped to swell the gate.
In the secretary’s tent, it was time for Margaret Mather to lay down her pencil and hand over the reins to Deanne Hagan, who looks keen and enthusiastic to take on the job.
Margaret has been in the post for 26 years and has been a stalwart of the games and keeping everyone in the right place. Next year, she says, she is going to enjoy the games and ‘actually see some of the events’.
There were 13 heavyweight competitors taking part, more than 100 pipers and almost 230 Highland dancers.
There were athletes taking part from Glasgow School of Sport as well as plenty of young locals.
There was even a gold medal Olympian taking part in the cycling.
But the day went to Lorne Coulthart, of Lismore and Blair Atholl, for his achievement as the World Caber Champion.
The under-10s girls’ race.
A sprint finish in the men’s 400m race.
The under-10s boys’ was a hard-fought race.
Members of the Clan Campbell Society of North America felt at home in their ancestral land.
The men who put the grass back together – Peter McArthur, Stephen Rowell and Glyn Toplis, all from Inveraray, and Stephen Barclay from Tarbert. The men all work for the Duke and Duchess, except Mr Rowell, who came out of retirement to help on the day.
Duncan MacIntyre of Ardfern shares his knowledge of the rule book with two young competitors.
It was hot, hot, hot for the heavyweight competitors both on and off the field.
Lorne Colthart throws his weight behind the weight for distance.
Grace Thomson and friend Poppy race each other while waiting for the next competition.
There always has to be a winner.
It looks like brotherly love but it is actually wrestling.
Even the under six-year- olds were determined. 27_t29 inveraray HG 23
The international race saw a man from Wales win the prize. He is pictured in the centre in a blue and white T-shirt.
The under-13s boys’ race was a grudge match between all of the UK’s regions.
The international mums and grannies race saw a woman from California, USA, take the prize of a glass of whisky. 27_t29 inveraray HG 27