|The next Abernethy Highland Games
will be held in Nethy Bridge
on Saturday 12th August 2017
Nethy Bridge in Strathspey is the venue of the Abernethy Highland Games, widely known as the Friendly Games which are always held on the second Saturday of August. The Games and Clan Grant Gathering is one of the social highlights of the year when Nethy Bridge resounds to the thrilling sound of the pipes and drums of the Massed Pipe Bands March.
The gates open at 8.30am with Highland Dancing competitions starting at 10am as do the Kids & Adults events. The day ends at approximately 5pm.
The first (of 3) Massed Pipes and Drums Marches forms the Chieftain’s Parade which leads the Clan Grant members onto the Games Field, when the Games Chieftain is introduced to the crowd. The 2016 Chieftain was our own, just retired, Games Treasurer, John Hunter.
Admission Charges for the 2016 Games
Adult £8; Child (at school) £4; Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £20. Reduced prices for groups of 15 or more. You only need to turn up and pay at the gates.
During the rest of the day there are competitions for Highland Dancing, Solo Piping and Drumming, many Field and Track events and of course the traditional Heavy events. There is also the 10 mile RSPB Road Race around the Abernethy Forest. The day usually ends with a traditional show of strength from the Tug-o-War competition.
Application forms for all events are on this page when available.
As well as a fair ground with rides and bouncy castle, there are always many stands selling all manner of souvenirs, clothing and accessories. With the accent on quality, we aim to have locally made ice-cream, good quality coffee, food stalls and fish and chips – and of course a Beer Tent. And MUCH more!
The Abernethy Highland Games plays host to the Clan Grant for their annual Gathering.
How to find the Games
The Games Field is in the centre of Nethy Bridge to the south of the bridge itself. The main entrance is in Dell Road to the east of the field but there is another by the main car park. If you want the postcode to find the Games Field by GPS, it is PH25 3DA. Nethy Bridge is a small place, you will soon know the location once you are here!
Arrive by Steam Train!
Why not take a scenic vintage trip on Strathspey Railway’s train to the Games and arrive in style! Your combined tickets offer a special reduced package rate for travel on the railway and entry to the Games Field. On arrival at Broomhill you will catch the complimentary shuttle bus to Nethy Bridge. There is an extra service at 17:30 to take you back to Boat of Garten or Aviemore.
NB: Drumming still to come
See the individual competitions linked off the Events and Competitions Page
See the prizes generously given by local people and businesses – and (still to come) the winning numbers.
The Abernethy Highland Games are twinned with the Turakina Games in New Zealand and the ‘Brigadoon’ Games in Bundanoon, New South Wales, Australia. – See our twinning page.
The next Games in Nethy Bridge:
Please put the date in your diary now to make sure you don’t miss out on a full day of fun and entertainment – Saturday 13th August 2017 and Saturday 11th August 2018.
The Abernethy Highland Games are grateful to the following local businesses and organisations for their continued support…
Tomintoul Venison Ltd (Jimmy Carter Fish & Chips)
Nethy Bridge Spar Store & Post Office
Glen Grant Whisky
Brown Electrical (Grantown on Spey)
Abernethy Trust Ltd
L&M Rattray (Woodlands Service Centre, Grantown on Spey)
If you support us, please support them!
Enquiries to Games Secretary
Abernethy Highland Games Association
Nethy Bridge, Inverness-shire, PH25 3DA. Scotland
a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation
registered charity number SC 042969