Games Field & Timetable

Come and join in the ‘Friendly Games’ at Nethy Bridge in August each year for a great day out for all the family!

Games Field & Timetable

Come and join in the ‘Friendly Games’ at Nethy Bridge in August each year for a great day out for all the family!

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

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Games Field & Timetable

The Games Field is in the centre of Nethy Bridge to the south of the bridge itself. The postcode is PH25 3DA for satnav users.

The main gate entrance is in Dell Road but there is another from the adjacent carpark.

Please Note

We ask that you please keep off the Games Field at all times as there are real dangers associated with the Heavy Events. Only competitors and Officials are allowed onto the arena.

TIMETABLE (all times approximate)

09:00 Gates Open
10:00 Children’s Races
10:00 Highland Dancing (beginners, novices and intermediates)
10.30 Piping and Drumming (Chanter & Local Junior & Senior Piping)
11.30 Highland Dancing (Primary)
11.30 Heavy Events (Local)
13:00 Chieftain’s Parade
13:00 Highland Dancing (Premier)
13.30 Piping and Drumming (Junior Open Piping)
13.30 Piping and Drumming (Junior Solo & Open Solo Drumming)
13.30 Heavy Events (Open)
13.30 Athletics
14.30 RSPB Abernethy Forest Road Race start
15:00 Pipe Band Challenge for the George Bain Challenge Shield
16:00 Games Raffle drawn. (Please pick up your prizes in the Secretary’s Tent by18:00)
16:15 Tug-o-War
17:00 Trophy Presentation to Overall Heavy Events winners
17:00 Pipe Band Challenge Shield presentation to the winning pipe band

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Abernethy Highland Games

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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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Nethy Bridge
Inverness-shire
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Scotland