Perth Highland Games

Traditional Scottish highland games providing a day of fun for the whole family

What is it?

Looking for a truly authentic Scottish experience on your summer holiday this year? Look no further than the celebrated Perth Highland Games, a highly enjoyable day packed with traditional Scottish events, music, and more.  The first Perth ‘Highland Games and Sports Carnival’ were held in 1925, although they did not become a yearly event until 1977.

Each year, the Games feature an array of famous heavyweight events, including tossing of the caber, hammer throwing, and sheaf tossing, all of which you’re invited to take part in. But these games are more than just a tourist attraction, and are a key feature in the Scottish track and field sports calendar.

Prefer to simply sit back, relax, and soak in the unique atmosphere at this highlight of Perth’s social calendar? There’s plenty to keep you entertained. Scottish pipe bands, country dancing, bagpipe competitions, and an assortment of rides, amusements and activities for children all guarantee that the Perth Highland Games will be a hit on your next summer family holiday in Scotland.

Where is it?

The annual Highland Games are held each year on Perth’s North Inch, a beautiful park nestled on the banks of the River Tay. The event is easily accessible within an hour’s drive from your Perthshire holiday accommodation at the Dunalastair Hotel Suites.

Other local Highland Games take place throughout the summer, including the famous Rannoch Highland Gathering, a stone’s throw away from our hotel in Kinloch Rannoch.

When is it?

The Perth Highland Games are a one-day event taking place every year on the second Sunday of August.

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Enjoy an authentic Scottish Highland Games with the Dunalastair Hotel Suites holiday accommodation in Perthshire. Book your next summer break in Scotland online today, or speak to one of our team now on +44 (0)1882 580444