The fourth Saturday in July is the cue for the annual Airth Highland Games – first established in 1871 it’s one of Scotland’s oldest and most traditional Games. Gates open at 9am with admission on the gate.
The Games take place in The Wilderness, Airth, Falkirk. Watch out for highland dancers, solo pipers, heavy athletes, track competitors and the Tug-O-War – all taking place in a family atmosphere and surrounded by the picturesque setting of the River Forth and Ochil Hills. There’s also the world famous Smiddy Stane Carry – current record is held by Brian Purdy of Fallin at a distance of 17 metres – which can be entered on the day and is open to all spectators.
The entertainment starts at 9am with Highland Dancing and Solo Piping at 10.30am and 11am, before a procession of the Pipe Band through the village at 12.30pm, led by the Chieftain to formally open the Games. The action continues with the heavy competition, before the track and cycling events at 1pm ahead of the Tug-O-War around 3.30pm. The local pipe band will also be playing during the afternoon when you can also enjoy children’s entertainment, craft stalls, local foods, refreshment tents, fantastic fairground and much more. A day with something for everyone, and one not to forget!
Gates open at 9am.
Admission is on the day. Adults £6 ~ Students with NUS Card £5 ~ Over 60s and Under 16s £3* ~ Family £18 (2 Adults, 3 children). Car Parking £2.
* Free entry for Under 5s and local Over 60s.