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St Andrews Highland Games

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One of the highlight’s of the Fife summer season, the 33rd St Andrews Highland Games, takes place this afternoon at Station Park.  Tickets can be purchased at the gate on the day.

First held in 1984 the St Andrews Highland Games is now established as one of the must-visit fixtures – always on the last Sunday in July – on the Highland Games calender.  Running, heavy weights, tug-o-war, solo piping and Highland Dancing all feature as part of a great day of family entertainment.

Highland Dancing takes place from 10.30am with the Pipe Band entering the Games arena at 1pm followed by events throughout the afternoon.  Tossing the Cabar at 4pm is guaranteed to be one of the crowd favourites and there are a bumper 33 events in total up until around 5pm with the De’il Tak the Hindmost (Cycle) bringing the action to a close.  This is the full order of events with approximate timings:-

* Highland Dancing starts at 10.30 am

1 Pipe Band Enters the Arena 1.00 pm
2 16lb Ball 1.00 pm
3 800 metres Cycle Heats 1.05 pm
4 90 metres Open Heats 1.15 pm
5 Youths 90 metres Heats 1.30 pm
6 22lb Ball 1.30 pm
7 Solo Piping 1.30 pm
8 800 metres Cycle Final 1.45 pm
9 800 metres Open 2.00 pm
10 28lb Weight for Distance 2.00pm
11 Youths 800 metres Cycle 2.10 pm
12 90 metres Open Final 2.15 pm
13 Youth 90 metres Final 2.20 pm
14 1600 metres Cycle 2.25 pm
15 16lb Hammer 2.30 pm
16 1600 metres Open 2.35 pm
17 Youths 800 metres 2.50 pm
18 Children’s Races 3.00 pm
19 Overseas Visitors Race (Male) 3.10 pm
20 Overseas Visitors Race (Female) 3.15 pm
21 Kilted Heavyweights Race 3.15 pm
22 22lb Hammer 3.20 pm
23 Youth 200 metres 3.30 pm
24 Tug o’ War 3.30 pm
25 200 metres Open Heats 3.40 pm
26 3200 metres Cycle 4.00 pm
27 Tossing the Caber 4.00 pm
28 200 metres Open Final 4.10 pm
29 Youths 1600 metres Cycle 4.15 pm
30 3200 metres Open 4.30 pm
31 400 metres Open Final 4.45 pm
32 56lb Weight Over Bar 4.45 pm
33 Youths 1600 metres 4.55 pm
34 De’il Tak the Hindmost (Cycle) 5.00 pm

First event at 1pm.

Admission is on the day. Adults £7 ~ Concessions (over 60s and under 16s) £4. Car parking is free.

Location: The Games take place in Station Park, in front of the Old Course Hotel at the entrance to St Andrews from Dundee/Cupar.