The 28th Dundonald Highland Games will take place on Saturday 5th August beneath the picturesque setting of Dundonald Castle. Before the Games Day we have a full week of FREE fun family events not to be missed.
Our Games Week running up to Games Day is always a busy week in the village. The fun starts on Sunday 30 July with a Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Dundonald Castle from 12:30pm. Our next event is the Junior 5-a-side Football Competition for children in Primaries 4-7 on Monday. This event is in partnership with Active Schools South Ayrshire and we are delighted they are hosting this event. The Football is in the Games Field from 2pm to 4pm. On Tuesday 1 August we have our popular walking treasure hunt around the village, starting from the Castle at 7pm. Wednesday is a busy night on the park, we have our Children’s Pet Show, Children’s Fun Run and the Adult 10K to Symington and back (must register in advance)! Our last event before Games Day is on Thursday 3 August and is our 16+years Football Competition where you can win £100! Get these dates in your diary!
The highland games will include a pipe band and drum majors contest, highland dancing, heavy events, tug o’ war and side stalls and entertainment. Entry is free to all spectators to come along and enjoy the festivities.
The event will open with a Street Procession at 12 noon which includes the Games Queen, Imogen Meldrum, and her Attendants, Toni Cameron and Isla Kennedy. This year will also see Alfie Cairns, aged 8, lead the Street Procession as Junior Chieftain. As with previous years the highland games will be a truly international affair, with pipe bands flying in from as far afield as Argentina! The organising committee also expect the highland dancing arena to prove as popular as ever with a large pool of Australian dancers descending on the village and drawing large crowds.
The event will close in traditional fashion with a Massed Pipe Bands Parade through the village lead by 2017 Chieftain Willie Stewart. Dundonald Games Society Chairperson, Louise McCartan, said, “We are looking forward to welcoming all our entrants and guests back to this year’s event, which we hope will be fantastic for both competitors and spectators alike. It will be a pleasure to welcome all our pipe bands and highland dancers, especially the internationals who travel from afar to be with us.” Dundonald Highland Games takes place on Saturday 5 August 2017 at Dundonald Castle, and will be attended by South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie at 12 noon. Entry is free and free car parking is available all day. For more information visit www.dundonald-games.org.uk, facebook – Dundonald Games or twitter – @Dundonald_Games.