Lochcarron Highland Games
The annual Lochcarron Highland Games are organised and run by the Lochcarron Highland Games Association. The event in 2010, to be held on 17th July, will be the 31st celebration of the Games.
The proceeds from the Games are used to provide support for local organisations and groups. The Games also provide an opportunity for local groups to raise their own funds by running stalls and sideshows. So please support them as well as watching all the events on the games field.
The following is taken from the Alba Games website - a major resource for information about Highland Games events in Scotland. They have a section called 'My Favourite Games' where a thrower, retired heavy or judge will give an opinion on their favourite games and this piece is used with their kind permission.
Lochcarron Highland Games by Donald McBain
Lochcarron has one of the most amazing landscapes in the
World, who could have mapped into abstraction such an area of outstanding
natural beauty that is contained within this area? This is a beautiful land we
live in and Lochcarron let's you know it.
The games is a kind of olde world type and if you close your
eyes to savour the atmosphere you could open them again having been transferred
500 years back in time. The games is quite small compared to some of the others
and is well worth a visit, they have a full itinerary of events from the Heavy
Events, Track and Field, Tug o' war, the hill race - which incidentally crosses
a river, Piping, Highland Dancing, Kids events and even clay pigeon shooting.
It is held each year on the third Saturday in July. The games are held in
Locharron, which is a small fishing village along the shore of Loch Carron.
After the Games
take the old drove road to Applecross over Bealach na Bà and experience the
sheer ruggedness and beauty of the Applecross Hills. This provides an
entertaining trip with hairpin bends and gradients as steep as 1 in 5 in some
sections. It is the third highest public road in Britain and reaches over 2000
feet. It is not suitable for learner drivers, coaches, caravans or the
faint-hearted! However it is well worth the drive for the stunning views.
The games start in the morning with local events, and as in
most games the locals will continue throwing in the open competition that starts
Why do I like Lochcarron? Well who could dislike such a
place as this? If you ain't been to Lochcarron Games you ain't lived!
Lochcarron Games 3rd Saturday in July
Site last updated on 13 May 2013 © Lochcarron Highland Games Association