Caber-tossing heavies, pipers, drummers, cyclists, crafts and dancers will all descend on the village of Luss this weekend for Loch Lomond’s oldest Highland gathering.
Dating back to 1875, the Luss (Loch Lomond) Highland Gathering is one of the biggest events of its kind, drawing thousands of visitors to the picture postcard Loch Lomond-side village for the traditional festival combining athletics, music, dance and entertainment.
This year’s event – on Saturday July 5 – will include the classic ‘Highland Heavies’ competition with athletes demonstrating incredible feats of strength across a number of challenges, culminating in the iconic caber toss. Highland Dancers will compete on the main stage, and pipers specialising in Piobaireachd – or ‘little’ pipe music – will vie for the Quarryman’s Cup.
It all gets underway at 11am, after Chieftain Sir Malcolm Colquhoun of Luss leads the recently renamed Helensburgh Clan Colquhoun Pipe Band through the village to the games field.
Previously known as Helensburgh & District Pipe Band (but having always worn the Colquhoun tartan and crest throughout their 100 year history) the band changed its name in April of this year, re-establishing links with the clan and the Colquhoun of Luss family – this will be their first Luss (Loch Lomond) Highland Gathering under their new name.
The 2014 Luss Games will also mark the culmination of the inaugural gathering of Clan Colquhoun International Society, whose members will have travelled to Luss from across the globe.
Another ‘clan’ – Clann an Drumma – will be making their presence heard as they perform their own rousing celtic tribal music. Plus, there will be further musical entertainment from the Canadian Celtic Choir who are taking time out of their Scotland and England tour to perform at Luss.
Meanwhile, strongmen from Dumbarton’s Amateur Weightlifting Club will be back to wow the crowds, and visitors can also look out for an STV crew who will be filming for Visit Scotland. Scottish Championship Tug o War and Shot Put competitions are also on the bill, plus a full programme of running and cycling events, as well as kids and fun races. Local arts and crafts will also be on display, with food, fun and more to be discovered.
Ann Paterson, Secretary of Luss (Loch Lomond) Highland Gathering said: “We have a great line-up for the 2014 Games with local, regional and national talent all participating in the wide variety of events throughout the day.
“As a traditional Highland Gathering, we combine music and sport, with local food and craft stalls ensuring there is something for everyone.
“We also enjoy a stunning setting, bounded by Camstradden Woods and the River Luss, with Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond in the background, all less than an hour by car from Glasgow.”
Entry is £6 per person (£3 for children and OAPs) with family tickets (two adults, two children) for £14. Official car parking is available nearby at £2 per vehicle.
Regular bus services will also be operating to and from Luss, as will ferry services across Loch Lomond.