Ballater Highland Games

Photo: Bill Bagshaw

Ballater Highland Games

The Ballater Highland Games, an integral part of the Grampian Games circuit, take place today in Aberdeenshire.  Gates open at 10am and admission is on the gate.

An annual event always held on the second Thursday in August the Ballater Highland Games take place in Monaltrie Park, Ballater.  This tradional Highland Games is a popular event in Aberdeenshire and has been held in Ballater since 1864 and – apart from the war years – the Games have continued uninterrupted until the present day.  Many famous athletes and champions have competed at Ballater.

Today the events form part of the circuits comprising the Glenfiddich Heavy Events Championship and the Grampian Games Qualifying Championship, which encourages the younger athletes to participate in the heavy and field events.

Ballater Highland Games prides itself in having something for everyone, young and old alike.  On Games Day there are multifarious trade stands, together with a fun fair for the children.  On occasion, personalities are to be seen, and one memorable day a military 25 pounder was fired by a certain television presenter to signal the start of the Hill Race.

(Preview courtesy of the Ballater Highland Games website.)

Gates open 10am awith competition starting at 11am and continuing until approximately 5pm.

Admission to the Ballater Highland Games is on the day priced: Adults £8/Children £2.

Car parking is available adjacent to the Games park.