If anything is popular among tourists from the UK, Europe, and even America and Asia, it is Scotland’s Highland games. People come to Scotland from neighboring countries and beyond to enjoy the action and have a doze of the fun.
Many Highland games take place throughout the North-east, and the Stonehaven Highland Games is one of them. There are about sixty members of highland games in Scotland and beyond, and the Scottish Highland Games Association (SHGA) is the governing body of the highland games. This event covers all kinds of traditional highland games including: heavyweights, solo piping competitions, highland dancing, running, tug of war championships, and other fun events. In the case of the Stonehaven highland games, this takes place at Mineral Well Park, and families can also enjoy the game.
It has been cancelled twice: in 2011 and 2015, due to bad weather. This does not however, mean that visitors have not withstood dark skies and rain showers to attend the Stonehaven Highland Games. For it’s return in 2016, it was held in the Mackie academy playing field, as it was in 2017 as well.
For the 2017 games, the Houff of Ury Hill Race was added to the games for the first time. It is a race where runners will run a five-mile race along with 430 feet of climbing. All children are welcome to come along and participate in the highland games. Events in the mini game include tug o’ war, and the long jump. Admission for children under 5 is free, and a family ticket is £14.00. There are cultural displays as gladiators compete, but in a more modern way. Glenfiddich, a whisky company has been one of the age-long sponsors, and the 2018 Stonehaven Highland Games will take place on July 15th, between 11am and 5pm.