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
Planning Your Visit
The village of Nethy Bridge is about 6 miles south of Grantown on Spey, 11 miles north of Aviemore and about 34 miles south of the city of Inverness.
- Dancing and piping competitions start at 10.00am
- Main competitions for athletics and traditional heavy events start at 11.00am
- Parade of Massed Pipes and Drums is at 1.00pm, 2.45pm, and 4.45pm
- Individual Pipe Band Competition commences around 3.00pm
- The Games finish at around 5.00pm.
For a full programme of events click here
There is a free car park alongside the Games Field to the south with disabled parking close to the entrance. There is another car park to the north-west along Station Road. These are well signed.
By exclusive arrangement with Strathspey Steam Railway you can travel to the Games by train departing from Aviemore or Boat of Garten to Broomhill Station, which is about a mile from Nethy Bridge. There is an inclusive return ticket giving you train travel, minibus transfer to Nethy Bridge, entry to the Games, and return by the same route. A special late train departs Broomhill at 5.30pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for full details.
Tickets are only available at the gate on the day.
The Games field provides good views of the arena from all areas. Bench seating is provided around the edge of the arena at no extra charge. Open Solo Piping is situated in a natural amphitheatre in the adjacent woodland. Junior Solo Piping and Drumming Events are held on the Tennis Courts adjacent to the arena
Catering and other sales:
- Full catering service is provided in the Community Centre. There are also a variety of food outlets on the field including a licenced bar.
- A variety of trade stands selling crafts, gifts, etc.
- Amusements and side shows
There is a variety of local accommodation which can be viewed in our Stay section.
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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