Abernethy Highland Games

Enjoy massed pipe bands at the Abernethy Highland Games in Nethy Bridge, Scottish Highlands

Abernethy Highland Games

Enjoy massed pipe bands at the Abernethy Highland Games in Nethy Bridge, Scottish Highlands

Abernethy Highland Games

Enjoy massed pipe bands at the Abernethy Highland Games in Nethy Bridge, Scottish Highlands

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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Massed Pipe Bands

The most anticipated and exciting events of the afternoon are the Massed Pipes and Drums marches. The first is the Chieftain’s Parade at 1 pm which brings members of the Clan Grant into the arena and also introduces the Chieftain of the day who declares the Games open.
Up to 9 bands from the area come together for a sound and visual delight. Bands are from any of the following: Banff Castle; Buckie and District; City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band; Dufftown and District; Elgin; Forres & District; Huntly and District; Portsoy and Strathisla Pipe Bands.

Originally formed in the British Army as bands of the Highland Regiments, most bands are now made up of dedicated and skilled volunteers who enjoy playing together and maintaining this colourful tradition.

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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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