Unfortunately the Ballater Highland Games Committee has decided to cancel this year’s Games, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and following Government guidelines for holding large events. Certain restrictions required by the guidelines will continue to be in force when the Games were due to take place on Thursday 13th August, and therefore cancellation really became inevitable. Since our decision, a notification from Aberdeenshire Council has advised that the Games Park would not be available in August for an event such as the Games.
However, depending on future Government guidelines, we hope to be able to mark Ballater Games Day in some other way in Ballater. Further information in this connection will be publicised as soon as available.
Our Games Chieftain, Capt. A.A.C. Farquharson of Invercauld, has now celebrated his 101st birthday, and we will be sad to miss the enjoyment of celebrating with him at the Games this year.
The cancellation will at least allow more time to carry out planned improvements to our Games Park, which will further help us to run a great Games Day next year.
Please note that the rest of the website will be updated in due course with information on next year’s Games, which will take place on Thursday 12th August 2021.
Ballater Highland Games Ltd
Organisers of Ballater Highland Games
2020 Souvenir Programme
The Ballater Highland Games are held annually on the second Thursday in August in Monaltrie Park, Ballater.
There have been Games held in Ballater since 1864 and, apart from the war years, the Games have continued uninterrupted until the present day. The Games have been honoured in recent times by visits from His Royal Highness The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay.
Many famous athletes and champions have competed at Ballater. 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 to participate in the heavy and field events.
Ballater Highland Games prides itself in having something for everyone, young and old alike. On Games Day there are a number of varied trade stands, together with a funfair 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.
To complete the day, Beat Retreat by the Pipe Bands is usually planned for 7pm on the Church Green in Ballater.
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