The Ballater Highland Games will be held on Thursday, 10th August 2017 in Ballater Royal Deeside’s Monaltrie Park (Provost Craig Road, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5NN).

There have been Games held in Ballater since 1864 and, apart from the war years, the Games have continued uninterrupted until the present day.

Ballater Highland Games

Many famous athletes and champions have competed at Ballater. Today the events form part of the circuits comprising the Glenfiddich Heavy Events Championship and the Grampian Games Qualifying Championship, which encourages the younger athletes to participate in the heavy and field events.

Ballater Highland Games prides itself in having something for everyone, young and old alike. On Games Day there are multifarious trade stands, together with a fun fair for the children. On occasion, personalities are to be seen, and one memorable day a military 25 pounder was fired by a certain television presenter to signal the start of the Hill Race.

To complete the day, Beat Retreat by the Pipe Bands is planned for 7.00 pm on the Church Green in Ballater.

For more info, visit Ballater Highland Games website ( or Facebook (

All photos credit to Ballater Highland Games.