Every late May bank holiday weekend in Scotland sees The Atholl Gathering and Highland Games head to Perthshire. The annual event is a unique Highland tradition. The Gathering has been running for years and years. Consequently, it gives locals and tourists the chance to participate in a weekend of fun and games.
The event takes place over two days of the bank holiday weekend. It starts with The Atholl Highlander’s Parade on the Saturday. The Atholl Gathering and Highland Games follow this on the Sunday. The festivities take place at Blair Castle in Blair Atholl and make for a great day out for visitors to the area.
The Atholl Highlanders Parade
The weekend of fun kicks off on the Saturday of the bank holiday weekend in May with the Atholl Highlanders Parade. At 11 am in the Blair Castle ballroom, there will be The Atholl Highlanders’ Talk. This is where visitors can discover more about the amazing history of the Atholl Highlanders. Furthermore, guests can learn all about Blair Castle’s private army.
In the afternoon, The Atholl Highlanders’ Parade will take place at 2.30pm It is the annual inspection of Europe’s last private army. The Atholl Highlanders will parade on the forecourt of Blair Castle. As a result, the hour-long event is a truly memorable experience for locals and visitors.
The Atholl Gathering and Highland Games
On Sunday is when the real festivities start, with The Atholl Gathering and Highland Games. The Atholl Highlanders will officially open the annual Highland Games. They begin with a ‘March On’ accompanied by the iconic sound of their drums and pipes.
The Highland Games will see heavyweight strong men from all across Scotland take centre stage to battle in traditional games. These events include putting the shot, throwing the hammer and tossing the caber. All of which are Highland Games that date back many years to ancient Scottish battle weapons and fighting techniques.
As well as the iconic gathering and Highland Games, the Sunday will also be made up of various other festivities including Highland dancing events, solo piping competitions and tug of war. There will be a collection of local trade stands and refreshments available throughout the day. Ultimately, it all provides a fun-filled day out for all visitors.