Abernethy Highland Games

One of the oldest traditional Highland Games held in Scotland.  Come and join in for the day!

Abernethy Highland Games

One of the oldest traditional Highland Games held in Scotland.  Come and join in for the day!

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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Planning Your Visit

The village of Nethy Bridge is about 5 miles south of Grantown on Spey, 9 miles north of Aviemore and about 30 minutes south of the city of Inverness.

It is worth planning your visit carefully to ensure that you don’t miss anything!

Programme:

  • Dancing and piping competitions  start at 10.30am
  • Main competitions for athletics and traditional heavy events start at 12.00pm
  • Opening Parade of Massed Pipes and Drums is at 1.15pm
  • The Pipes and Drums parade again another three times during the afternoon
  • The Games finish at around 5.00pm, it may be a little later depending on how long the events take to complete

There are free car parks alongside the Games Field to the south with disabled parking close to the main entrance.  There is another car park to the north-west along the road to Broomhill.

You can travel to the Games by Steam Train on the Strathspey Steam Railway from Aviemore and Boat of Garten to Broomhill, which is about a mile from Nethy Bridge.  You can get an inclusive return ticket giving you train travel, transfer by minibus to Nethy Bridge and entry to the Games then bus back to Broomhill and train back to Boat of Garten or Aviemore.  A special late train departs Broomhill at 5.30pm.  Contact information@strathspeyrailway.co.uk for full details of this.

Admission:

£7.00 Adult | £4.00 Young Adult | £18.00 for a family of 2 adults and up to 3 children.

We do not sell tickets in advance (don’t worry we have never turned anyone away and the queues are never more than a few minutes).  As our Games field is quite small there are no grandstands but there are benches provided around the edge of the field on a first come, first served, no charge.

Catering and other sales:

  • Full catering service on the field including a beer tent
  • Trade stands selling crafts, gifts, outdoor clothing, and Highland dress items
  • Amusements and side shows

Accommodation 

There is accommodation locally and you can view them all in our Stay section.

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.

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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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Registered charity number: SC 042969

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Post Office
Nethy Bridge
Inverness-shire
PH25 3DA
Scotland