Peninsula gearing up for Highland Gathering

All systems are go and all fingers are crossed for this year’s Rosneath Peninsula Highland Gathering being held at the Howie Park next Sunday, July 14.

As usual events begin first thing in the morning with the solo pipers getting their competitin underway.

Since Rosneath hosts the biggest and most prestigious solo piping event on the calendar it takes all day to get through the 130-plus entrants!

Next is the start of the highland dancing under the auspices of the Margaret Rose School of Dance  and at midday the officials, including games chairman Councillor Robert MacIntyre and this year’s Chieftain Colonel Donald Ross OBE will gather in the village to lead the parade to the Games Field for the official opening.

This heralds the start of the traditional heavy events, with all the usual challenges being tacked by a field of professionals and visitors from around the world.

The programme also features cycling and track events as well as the gruelling Clach Mackenny hill race which is open to all comers but is NOT for the faint hearted.

On field a huge array of stalls and sides shows will provide family entertainment from the usual fairground attractions and side shows to stalls selling crafts, leather goods, jewellery and a delicious range of foody delights from freshly made pizzas to smoothies and top class coffee.

There will of course be the ever popular beer tent for mums and dads and a great ‘come along and try it’ sports event for youngsters who can also try walking on water in a giant ‘hamster ball’ or test their head for heights on the bungee trampoline.

Braver and bigger people can try their hand at the Manhood Stone challenge which involves picking up and holding a very heavy stone for as long as possible. There will be prizes!

This year the Games have had sponsorship from Awards for All and the Rosneath Castle Caravan Park and organisers are grateful to them for their support.

Entry costs £5 for adults, £2 for children, £3 for senior citizens and a family ticket comes in at £10.