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Inverness Highland Games Armed Forces Parade

The Inverness Highland Games are held annually, in July, as part of the Inverness Summer Festival. This traditional Gathering is held at the Northern Meeting Park, behind Inverness Cathedral and just over the river from Inverness Castle. Held within the heart of Inverness, this is the world’s oldest highland games, offering plenty to interest visitors and competitors.

Events and tickets

Events within the Gathering include a toddler’s race, a traders’ village, exhibitions, piping, highland dancing, athletics, wheelchair curling, mass highland fling and backhold wrestling. The Heavy events, including Scots hammer, weight challenges and tossing the caber make for a fine show with both male and female competitors.

Part of the competition is the lifting of the Inverness stone, and also the historic Stonemason’s stone. Right from the inception of these Games, the Stonemason’s Stone Challenge has been in place - the lifting of a 252lb boulder over a five foot high bar.

Since 1822, these Games have been a major highlight for any visitor to the Inverness area, providing a mixture of record breaking performances from competitors and the spectacles of social, sporting and musical events.

In 2013, a large clan village was created by the Association of Highland Clans and Societies, and is likely to be integrated into the general programme in the future.

Tickets for the Games are not available in advance – they can only be bought on the day.

Where to stay in Inverness

Whether you’re coming to Inverness to compete in the Games, or to attend them as a Spectator, we can offer accommodation to meet the needs of individuals, couples, families and groups. From self-catering cottages to hotels, there’s something to appeal to all budgets and requirements. Accommodation does book up quickly around the time of the Games, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Accommodation in Inverness

  • Inverness   (1.5 miles from the centre of Inverness)
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  • Inverness   (6.5 miles from the centre of Inverness)
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    Large one bedroomed cottage on a smallholding with free range poultry and livestock. Overlooking beautiful open views over Strathnairn and only 2 1/2 miles from the A9 and Davio...
     
  • Inverness   (0.4 miles from the centre of Inverness)
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    Situated in central Inverness, Ardross Glencairn is just 5 minutes’ walk from the river and 15 minutes from the bus and rail station.
     
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  • Inverness   (1.9 miles from the centre of Inverness)
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  • Croy   (7.5 miles from the centre of Inverness)
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    This first floor apartment, located just two miles from Croy in the stunning Scottish Highlands sleeps two people.
     
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  • Rosemarkie   (9.4 miles from the centre of Inverness)
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    Spacious eco friendly holiday cottage in the Highlands near Inverness. Well equipped self catering accommodation boasting wonderful views. Perfect for a family holiday.
     
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  • Daviot   (5.2 miles from the centre of Inverness)
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    Daviot B&B providing Highlands accommodation in the childhood home of author Alistair Maclean, with lovely en-suite bedrooms and gorgeous gardens. Families welcome. Free parking.
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