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: Adults £8.00 | Child £4.00 | Family £20.00
Tickets: ONLY available at the gate on the day
The most distinctive sport in the Games are the five disciplines which make up the Heavy Events. Competitions have their origins in the traditional work activities of the Highland Croft and hill. The object of tossing the caber is to throw it so that it turns end over end, finishing pointing away from the athlete. Other disciplines are the Scots Hammer; Weight for Distance; Weight over Bar, and Putting the Shot. At Abernethy the Tug-o-War is between members of the different Pipe Bands attending.
Details of Weights Used
Scots Hammer 16lb
Weight for Distance 16lb, 22lb and 28lb
Weight over Bar 32lb, 44lb and 56lb
Putting the Shot
Caber: 12 foot long, 3-4 inches wide at the thin end and 5-6 inches wide at thick end.
15 years old is the minimum age for the junior heavies.
Please use the entry form to register to take part in the Heavy Events, except for the Tug-o-War which is by invitation. The various Heavy competitions are outlined on the entry form.
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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