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
New Zealand – the Turakina Highland Games
A committee member of the Abernethy Games grew up in the southern part of New Zealand’s North Island. When visiting he was warmly welcomed by the Grants in the Turakina Games so it was agreed to twin the two Games from the opposing hemispheres. The Turakina Games were established in 1846 so are even older than the Games in Nethy!
Australia – The 2013 Nethy Games Chieftain, the Rev Jim McEwan lives in Nethy but has connections in Australia at Bunadoon. During the annual Bunadoon Highland Gathering the town takes on the name of Brigadoon!
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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