Bonnie Banks Games invite for youngsters

Hammer-throwing will be one of the highlights of the Games.
Hammer-throwing will be one of the highlights of the Games.

Youngsters are being invited to try out traditional Highland ‘heavy’ events at this year’s Luss (Loch Lomond) Highland Gathering.

Boys and girls aged between 12 and 17 can test their mettle in classic disciplines including Hammer Throwing, Shot Putting, Tossing the Sheaf and Weight over the Bar at the traditional event on Saturday July 5.

There will also be junior races and high jump competitions for youngsters of all ages.

The junior programme has remained a popular element of the Luss Games since the event’s inception 139 years ago, with generations of local children taking part.

A fun sprint race will be held at the Luss event
A fun sprint race will be held at the Luss event

But this year organisers are hoping to see even more youngsters from across the wider area taking to the field.

Games secretary Anne Paterson said: “In this year of the Commonwealth Games, it will be a great opportunity for children from all over to get involved in what is one of the area’s oldest and largest family days out, and for teenagers to try out the ancient heavy disciplines of traditional Highland Games.”

Meanwhile, organisers are also hoping for a record-breaking event, with additional cash prizes for the strong men, and women, who smash Games records in the heavy events including Shot, Hammer Throw, Weight Throw, Weight over the Bar, Sheaf Toss and the Caber Toss.

Anne added: “This year, we want to encourage and reward outstanding performances, and with a great field of Highland Games athletes already lined up, there’s every chance that records will be broken, thus setting new standards for our 140th anniversary games next year.”

The 2014 Luss (Loch Lomond) Highland Gathering will also feature cycling and sprint races, a hill race, Highland Dance and Piobaireachd competitions, plus children’s races and fun events reserved for overseas visitors.

It also marks the annual gathering of Clan Colquhoun, and the culmination of a five day visit to Scotland by the new Clan Colquhoun International Society.

Anyone interested in competing can find out more at