Ballater Highland Games
The Ballater Highland Games are held annually on the second Thursday in August in Monaltrie Park, Ballater and in 2013 the Games will be held on Thursday 8th August.
There have been Games held in Ballater for 139 years, with the first of these in 1864 and apart from the war years have continued uninterrupted until the present day.
Many famous athletes and champions have competed at Ballater and 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 in the heavy and field events.
Ballater Games prides itself in having something for everyone, young and old alike and the field itself is surrounded by 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. This event is one of many highlights to be experienced during and entertaining afternoon.
To complete the day there is a concert in the evening at the local Hall, bringing a fine array of Scottish talent. This is followed by a Dance and Disco, also in the hall and if there is any energy left and you are still on your feet, you can walk home in the wee sma’ hours!