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International entertainment at the 2018 Games

This year we are providing early international entertainment to complement the start of competitions at 11 am on Games Day.

Before the start of our Highland Dancing Competitions, we’re welcoming European folk dance groups from Italy and France who will be performing their own traditional music and dancing in traditional costumes. Gruppo Folkloristico Pasian di Prato, from Udine, Italy; and L’Echo de nos Montagnes, from Annecy, France are being hosted in Aberdeenshire this year, and introduced to Ballater, by local Scottish country dancing group, Aurora, which was founded in 1996, and whose members consist of dancers and musicians based in and around Aberdeen.

Full details of performances of music and dancing by the groups at other venues are available at:


Please email any enquiries re Sponsorship to:

We thank the following who have agreed to provide sponsorship for the Games in 2018:

Event Sponsors

Axis Well Technology
(Engineering Consultancy: Aberdeen)
Braemar Mountain Sports
(Outdoor clothing & equipment: Ballater & Braemar)
Brakeley Gift Room
(Gift Shop: Ballater)
Geordie Catto / Neil Catto Plumbing
(Plumbers: Banchory)
George Strachan Ltd
(General Merchants: Ballater & Aboyne)
The Glenmuick Estate
(Butchers: Ballater)
Hilton Grand Vacations
(Holiday accommodation: Ballater)
Ian Rodger Architects
(Architects: Ballater & Aberdeen)
Inchgeal Lodge B & B
(Accommodation: Ballater)
Invercauld Estate
Invercauld Lodges
(Holiday Lodges: Ballater)
Laurie & Co
(Solicitors: Ballater & Aberdeen)
McCue & Porter
(Quantity Surveyors: Aberdeen)
Roaring Stag Coffee Roasters
(Coffee roasters: Ballater)
Wilkies Ltd
(Department Store: Ballater, Banchory & Edinburgh)

Other Generous Sponsors

Deeside Water Co
(Natural mineral water: Ballater)
Robertson Granite
(Granite & Stone products: Aberdeen)

Past Programmes

Our Vice Chairman Scott Fraser is looking to track down any pre-year 2000 copies of our Ballater Highland Games Programmes for our archive.

Any help with this would be very much appreciated.

If you know Scott, please contact him direct. Otherwise, please e-mail any information to

The Games Day Postal Cover

A unique souvenir of the 150th birthday of Ballater Highland Games, when we had our first Royal visit, by the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay

Ballater Games

These postal covers are ONLY available from Ballater Highland Games and cost £2.00 per cover:

Ballater Highland Games
High Trees
Morven Way
Aberdeenshire, AB35 5SF

Free p & p in the UK; a quote for p & p elsewhere can be obtained by advising the address for posting and the number of covers required, in an email to:

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