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1956 article on The Games

Finances were in doubt for the 1956 Games (transcript)

Uniquely, Highland Games combine tests of strength, skill and endurance with the traditional Highland art forms of music and dance. Massed Pipes and Drums, usually the combined forces of 7 or 8 bands from the local area, add a sound and spectacle that makes for a very special experience and one that is rooted deeply in the history and culture of the Highlands.

Long History

One of the longest established traditional Highland Games in Scotland, Abernethy Games were first held in 1880. A 1910 poster shows that the Games were then held in a field at Coulnakyle Farm to the north of Nethy Bridge (see image below) and note that “temperance” refreshments were available!

Following a break between the two wars, they have been held every year on the present Games Field in the village since 1946. The events and competitions are centred around the same competitions and events from year to year, but each year is different as new competitors come on to the scene and new records are set.

Community Games

The Abernethy Games are run entirely by volunteers from within the community of Nethy Bridge, a village of 700 or so, set at the foot of the Cairngorms and at the edge of Abernethy Forest, one of the largest surviving remnants of the ancient Caledonian Forest – which is the setting for the Games’ RSPB 10 mile Road Race.


The Games receive no financial subsidy and in order to cover all costs depend on admission charges and other income on Games day, as well as support in kind from many local individuals and businesses. They are a true community enterprise.
Click here to see a copy of our most recent Annual Report and Financial Statements

Abernethy Highland Games - 1910 poster

Abernethy Highland Games – 1910 poster


Abernethy Highland Games Association became a Registered Charity in February 2012. Click here to see a copy of our Constitution

Abernethy Games are a member of the North of Scotland Amateur Highland Games Association (NSAHGA), running under the rules and supervision of Scottish Athletics, which are slightly different from the many professional Highland Games run under the Scottish Games Association.

Links to other NSAHGA member Games:

Newtonmore Highland Games: 01540 673348
Nairn Highland Games
Forres Highland Games
Elgin Highland Games: 01343 541856
Inverness Highland Games
Lochaber Highland Games: 01397 772885
Glenurqhuart Highland Games: 01456 450481


The Abernethy Highland Games were twinned with the Turakina Games in New Zealand in 2004 and have links to the ‘Brigadoon’ Games in Australia. – See our twinning page.

Abernethy Highland Games Association
a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation

registered charity number SC 042969