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Ballater Highland Games

With a heavy heart, the Ballater Highland Games Committee has decided once again to cancel this years Ballater Highland Games.

Although things are starting to look a lot more normal, it is still very unclear what restrictions and guidelines will be in place come August in relation to COVID-19 and Social Distancing.

Furthermore, our local community is our priority and we want to keep everyone as safe as possible.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back on Thursday 11th August 2022. 

Ballater Highland Games Committee

2020 Souvenir Programme

Souvenir Programme

2020 Special 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.

Ballater Games

Ballater Games

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