Abernethy Highland Games

Traditional Scottish Highland Games, a wonderful day out for the whole family to enjoy

Abernethy Highland Games

Traditional Scottish Highland Games, a wonderful day out for the whole family to enjoy

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

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History Finance & Constitution


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 at Coulnakyle Farm to the north of the village. Following a break between the 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 each year, but each year is different as new competitors come onto the scene and new records are set.

Uniquely, Highland Games combine tests of strength, skill and endurance with the traditional Highland art forms of music and dance. Massed Pipes and Drums which at Abernethy are usually the combined forces of 8 or 9 local bands add a sound and spectacle that makes for a very special experience and one that is deeply rooted in the history and culture of the Highlands.


Run entirely by volunteers from within the Nethy Bridge community, the Games receive no subsidy so depend on gate admissions and income on Games day to cover all costs. Local businesses also help with advertising and various subsidies all of which the Games are truly grateful for.
See a copy of our most recent Annual Report and Financial Statements


See the constitution of the Abernethy Highland Games

Results Archive

Abernethy Highland Games – Results 2018

We have created a full list of this years results, of all competitions, at all levels here - includes athletics, heavy events, dancing, piping competitions and more, plus the RSPB Road Race results.


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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Registered charity number: SC 042969

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Nethy Bridge
PH25 3DA