This years’ Crieff Highland Gathering takes place on Sunday 18th August from 10am to 5.30pm. Often referred to as Scotland’s Premier Highland Games, this annual event started in 1870 and continues to draw competitors and visitors from across the country, nation and even the globe.
To build on the existing gathering and help create an unforgettable weekend, this year sees the first ever Crieff Highland Gathering Music Fest on Saturday 17th August.
1. Music Fest
Radio 1 Dj’s Scott Mills and Chris Stark will be headlining the first ever Music Fest on Saturday 17th August at Market Park between 1pm and 7pm.
The Saturday afternoon will start with live music from Clann An Drumma and then feature local bands: The Return; REDDOG; The Bulletholes and Scoogz followed by a set from Scott Mills and Chris Stark of BBC Radio 1 fame. And the names don’t stop there, both the Music Fest and Highland Games Music Arena will be compered by Red Hot Chilli Pipers founder, Stuart Cassells.
The Music fest and Games will also have a food village, funfair and new 1870 bar so there really is something for everyone.
A Music Fest ticket also gives you free entry to the Highland Gathering on Sunday, where the live music continues in the Glenturret Music Arena. Performers include Gnoss, Drums n’ Roses and Trongate Rum Riots.
2. Gathering of the Crieff Cowches
All eleven of the Crieff Cowches will be gathered together in one place for the first time to help celebrate the Crieff Highland Gathering.
The Crieff Cowches are a unique art trail in the form of a series of highland cow benches or ‘cowches’. They are usually positioned in carefully chosen sites in and around Crieff. If you haven’t yet followed the trail, why not come back one day for a fun day out with the family?
The trail runs until September 6th, after that the cowches will be auctioned off to raise funds for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA), saving and improving lives across Scotland every day.
3. Traditional Highland Games
If you’ve never been to a Highland Games before you are in for a treat! Crieff Highland Gathering boasts a full range of traditional Highland game competitions including heavyweight events; highland dancing; tug o’ war; light field; cycling and running events.
One of the most popular events is the Crieff Challenge Caber. The caber comes from the nearby Drummond Estate and is 20 feet long with a diameter of about 7 inches. This year the prize stands at £1000 and is by far, the largest caber prize in the world!
The other event you shouldn’t miss watching is the highland dancing, the sight of a kilted dancer swaying and pirouetting to the sound of a piper is as Scottish as it gets! Final details are yet to be agreed, but the organisers are also hoping to attract an act direct from the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
4. Sample fresh local produce
Scotland is now widely recognised for its abundant and variety of quality produce, from superb seafood, game and soft fruits to preserves, jams, bakery and today, a higher number of regional cheeses than you can find in France! And, lest we forget, arguably Scotland’s most famous product – whisky!
In the Taste of Tartan Marquee, you can taste and buy just some of the local produce available from local businesses.
5. Get away from it all
Crieff is a friendly wee town surrounded by the most beautiful scenery, with lots of outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy from a leisurely family walk alongside the River Earn to mountain biking, climbing, horse riding and water sports. For those of you wanting to take things a little slower, Crieff benefits from a wide range of independent shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. It’s the perfect place to get away from the city and take life at a slower pace.
Tickets for Music Fest can be bought online here and tickets for the Games can be bought at the entrance on the day.