The Friendly Games in the Forest Village
When: 2nd Saturday in August, 10 am to 5 pm (approx)
Where: Nethy Bridge Games Field, PH25 3DA
Cost: Adult £8.00 | Child £4.00 | Family £20.00
COVID-19 Update - 15.02.2021
Cancellation of Games 14th August 2021
As the Covid-19 pandemic took hold around the world a year ago, we considered and then confirmed the cancellation of our 2020 Abernethy Highland Games. This was a decision not taken lightly and there were those who thought it would all be passed by August. If only we had known then that we would be in a similar position a year later, it would have been hard to contemplate. However, that is exactly where we are.
The Committee of the Abernethy Highland Games have taken the painful decision to again cancel this year's Highland Games which should have taken place on Saturday 14th August. We are fully aware that this will again leave a huge hole in the village calendar on what has become the busiest weekend of the village's year. There is also the knock-on effect of the social and financial fabric of the village.
However, we have to remain focussed on the main picture and that is on overcoming Covid-19 and if missing another year of 'the games' helps in any way it is well worth it. If everybody sticks to the rules, then the sooner we will be through this ongoing tragedy.
In the meantime, we are working on next year's games, although I remember saying this a year ago, and we hope to see you all in Nethy on Saturday 13th August 2022.
Updates will be posted when appropriate here on this community website.
Sandy McCook - Chairman, Abernethy Highland Games Association
Clan Grant Gathering
The Abernethy Highland Games are the home to the Clan Grant Gathering when Grants from all over Scotland and the rest of the world gather here to celebrate their roots. The Massed Pipe Bands march over the main Telford bridge in the centre of the village bringing members of Clan Grant, headed by Sir James Grant of Grant, Lord Strathspey, into the arena.
The Clan Grant tent on the Games field is where all Clan Grant members are welcomed as old friends and offered warm Highland hospitality.
International Gathering 2020
2020 will see the International Gathering of Clan Grant
In 2005 the 125th Abernethy Games played host to the second International Gathering of the Clan Grant Society.
2010 saw the third International Clan Grant Gathering when the Games Chieftain was Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Chad Corntassel Smith, a direct descendant of Ludovick Grant of nearby Castle Grant, who sailed to the United States in the 1700s.
Abernethy Highland Games Association
Abernethy Highland Games and Clan Grant Gathering are held on the playing field in the centre of Nethy Bridge on the second Saturday of August. These are one of the oldest traditional games in Scotland. Known as the “Friendly Games” they are renowned for the stirring sound and spectacle of the Massed Pipe Bands, of around 150 musicians.
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