Marco and Craig from Active Stirling showing The Specsavers Cup and The Provost Cup.

Marco and Craig from Active Stirling showing The Specsavers Cup and The Provost Cup.

Stirling Highland Games has received a welcome boost from Specsavers in Stirling and Stirling Council by providing support in 2 events with presentation Cups.

The Specsavers Cup is for the Champion of Tossing the caber event, a firm favourite amongst both competitors and visitors alike. Susanne Akil, Store Director at Specsavers Stirling, says: ‘The Stirling Highland Games is a wonderful event for the whole community, and Specsavers is absolutely delighted to provide our support again. This year, we are thrilled to be able to sponsor the caber toss event. The event is a great family day out for thousands of people from across the whole of Scotland, so we are honoured to be able to play a part in making it happen.’

The Provost Cup is for the Champion of the 90m sprint, a hugely competative event with several heats having to take place so as the Track Convenors can get down to the last 8 fastest participants. Its one to watch from the track side to see whether we have a Usian Bolt in the making.

Both Cups will be presented to the winners on the Podium during the day in the centre of the Games Field.

specsavers selfie competitionSpecsavers Stirling along with The Stirling Observer are running a selfie competition with readers been given the chance to win two tickets to the event on August 20th plus two pairs of designer sunglasses worth up to £250 are up for grabs.

Specsavers in Stirling are one of the highland games Community Partners and Store Director, Susanne Akil said ‘The Stirling Highland Games is a wonderful event for the whole community we are absolutely delighted to be involved. This event is a great family day out for thousands of people from across the whole of Scotland so we are honoured to be able to play a part in making it happen.”

If you want a chance to win this great prize then send your summer selfies to the Stirling Observer. You can even drop by the Specsavers Stirling store in Murray Place and have a shot of their selfie board!

stirling young carers groupStirling Highland Games event organiser, Matt McGrandles announces that along with their annual commitment to support Forth Valley Social Enterprises CIC, a local training provider for young people, they are also looking to provide a donation to local charity, Stirling Young Carers.

“Being part of the community we operate within is important to me,” Matt explained. “So, as well as our ongoing links with Forth Valley Social Enterprises CIC I was keen to see if we could support another local Third Sector organisation. There are many good causes within the area however I felt that by linking in with our Host Ambassador, The Provost of Stirling’s chosen charity we could add some awareness for the chosen organisation.”

Provost Robbins added, “Stirling Young Carers are our hidden heroes. Day in, day out for year after year they quietly and compassionately care for their relatives, often in challenging circumstances. Their efforts not only ensure the safety and well-being of their loved ones, they also save the state billions of pounds every year. I am delighted that the Stirling Highland Games team have provided this platform which will raise awareness of their efforts. ”

Unlike many other highland games in Scotland who choose to provide a fairground attraction for younger visitors, Stirling will be unique in looking to provide an Activity Challenge area.  Along with Active Stirling, their Principle Partner of the activity challenge area, any donations collected on the day will be presented to the Stirling Young Carers charity.

Matt said, “We are just trying to provide something different for our younger audience. Whilst mum and dad are enjoying their delicious handmade wrap or pulled pork sandwich the kids can take on one of the challenges and have a go. If parents wish to leave a donation then it will be up to them. I think Stirling Young Carers provide a great service and I hope we can raise some funds for them on the 20th August.”

Charlene O’Neill, Young Carers Service Manager, said: “We are delighted that Stirling Highland Games has chosen to support Stirling Young Carers Service at this year’s Highland Games. It is reported that one in ten young people have caring responsibilities in Scotland so the support from the event will ensure that we are recognised locally. It will also help to make a huge difference in raising the profile and increasing the identification of ‘hidden young carers’ in Stirling.”

You may of course find yourself stuck in the Activity Challenge area for a while as some of the activities planned include a mini highland games, test your passing skills with Glasgow Warriors and Rugby Tots, try for a hole in one on the putting green, ride Recyke-a-Bike’s mobile trail or test your speed through the Army’s assault course.

Chief Executive, Andrew Bain added, “Active Stirling is delighted to support this aspect of Stirling Highland Games. We hope the attraction will prove a huge hit with visiting families and are sure that there will be something to entertain everyone. It’s just another great reason for people to come and be part of Stirling Highland Games.”

This year Stirling Highland Games is on Saturday 20th August with gates opening from 10:30. Tickets can be purchased on line in advance or at the gates on the day.

Photo Details: Andrew Bain, Chief Executive of Active Stirling :: Zoe Taylor, YC Officer  :: Colleen McAteer, YC Officer :: Charlene O’Neill, Young Carers Service Manager at Stirling Carers :: Mike Robbins, Provost of Stirling :: Molly Feinmann, YC Officer  :: Matt McGrandles, Games Organiser at Stirling Highland Games.

Stirling Highland Games is always looking for continued support through volunteering on the day. Maybe its something we can interest you in?

Every year Stirling Games recruits up to 55 volunteers to help deliver our growing cultural and sporting event for Stirling. By becoming a volunteer you get so much more out of the day than just free entry. Whether you are only here for the day or wish to commit to a longer period you will find out its very rewarding. You get to meet new friends from all over the UK, engage with visitors to the area, see some of Scotland’s award winning food and drink producers, watch some of the best competitors in action and so much more.

If volunteering with us is something you are interested to know more about why not fill in our simple form and start the ball rolling. We would love to hear from you.


stirling highland gamesStirling Highland Games event organiser, Matt McGrandles is delighted to announce that EventScotland has awarded funding through its National programme to help develop the growing cultural and sporting event for the Stirling area.
“We have some big plans for this year’s event,” Matt explained. “In addition to providing a highly successful competition for athletes we want a day out at Stirling Highland Games to be an experience for our visitors.”
“So, when they come along to enjoy the traditional highland games events this year, they will also be able to enjoy our Trade Village which includes an array of Scotland’s award winning food and drink produce, sample some craft beer at the Harviestoun draught keg beer bar, meet some Scottish Clans and give the younger audience the chance to participate in some activities with a mini highland games challenge for kids.”
The funding secured from EventScotland, a team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, will allow Stirling Highland Games to develop its digital marketing campaign and food and drink offering. Building on the success of last year’s games the 2016 event will create more opportunities for Scotland’s Food & Drink producers to sell to a wider client base. The Stirling Games attracts many overseas visitors as well as visitors from across the UK to the region each year.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Stirling Highland Games again this year. Scotland is the perfect stage for events and Matt and his team have brought together another exciting programme, including a strong food and drink element. Our support will enable the event to develop and grow; delivering a significant economic impact and attracting visitors from across Stirlingshire and further afield.”
There is definitely something for everyone at this year’s event and Stirling Highland Games Chieftain, Lesley Paterson, looks forward to welcoming you on Saturday 20th August. Discounted tickets can be purchased online up until 31st July at

Lesley PatersonStirling Highland Games is delighted to announce Lesley Paterson as its 2016 Games Chieftain.

Event Organiser Matt McGrandles said, ‘The more I look into this part of the highland games, the more it amazes me the number of hugely successful people we have from Stirling and Lesley is a shining light in that respect. I had no problem putting her forward for consideration at the last Board meeting where the committee gave their full approval.’

Lesley, who now stays in San Diego with her husband Simon started her sporting career as a youth rugby player at Stirling County RFC.  She says, ‘I’m honoured to be chosen as Chieftain of the highland games as Stirling is my home town. I am really looking forward to the day.’

Lesley PatersonAt 14 she transitioned from rugby to triathlon where she competed 17 times all over the world for the British and Scottish triathlon team. Her results would be the envy of most athletes from being Scottish Youth Triathlon Champion in 1995 to recently winning Xterra events across the US in 2015.

An area that Lesley really enjoys is her fitness coaching where she gets to pass on her life experiences to others, helping them achieve their goals and ambitions. Lesley adds, ‘I am hoping I can talk to and inspire the younger generation to go out there and follow their dreams. My motto is simple, you are more than a data point and email address.’

Lesley Paterson, the 2016 Games Chieftain of Stirling Highland Games will be officially welcoming games visitors at 12 noon on Saturday 20th August. Discounted tickets can be bought in advance plus we have a limited amount of Chieftains Tickets for an added Scottish experience.

If you have someone in mind that is a famous son or daughter of Stirling and could be considered a future Chieftain then please contact us.



Stirling Highland Games PledgeStirling Highland Games Event Organiser, Matt McGrandles is delighted to support and work with Resource Efficiency Scotland through a pledge to develop an environment policy, engage staff about recycling at the event and encourage the use of public transport.

Resource Efficient Scotland believe that by joining the Pledge and successfully achieving the actions you will quickly see the benefits of resource efficiency.

In addition, they are delighted to offer each Pledge signatory marketing and support benefits to reward you for signing up.

Those benefits include:

Certificate to display within your premises;
Use of Resource Efficiency Pledge for print and online materials;
When you sign the pledge, you will feature on the Resource Efficiency Pledge website;
Feature in Resource Efficient Scotland ezine (40,000 recipients) featuring your business as a Pledge signatory;
Regional press release for newspaper in your area highlighting your inclusion in the Pledge programme;
Inclusion in @ResourceScot twitter campaign (circa 10,000 followers);
Opportunity to discuss involvement of your business with Resource Efficient Scotland engagement events.

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Scotland Food & Drink producers at Stirling Highland Games

Stirling Highland Games is a traditional highland games event held annually in Stirling on the 3rd weekend in August and is calling on all Scotland Food & Drink traders to be part of our 2016 highland games.

As well as delivering our traditional competition events such as Heavyweights, track and field, tug o war, wrestling and Highland Dancing we also work closely with Scotland Food & Drink so we can showcase a selection of top quality Scottish produce in line with Scotland’s Food Charter for Events.

Each year Scotland hosts thousands of events of all shapes and sizes. Research shows that visitors to Scotland want to sample and buy traditional, Scottish dishes, regional specialties and fresh, locally-sourced food. The Food Charter for events aims to raise the standard and provenance of food and drink at events to ensure a better visitor experience.

With over 4000 games visitors in 2015, last year’s food and drink quality was rated at a healthy ‘19% Very Good’ and ‘46% Good’. We aim to build on this success in 2016 by encouraging up to 20 high quality artisan style market traders, with a proven track record in trading at outdoor events and festivals and who are committed to the Food Charter, to apply.

If you can sign up to the Charter and provide evidence of how your offering meets the requirements, Stirling Highland Games would welcome an application from you.

If you wish to discuss any matter beforehand or would like an application please doesn’t hesitate to get in touch.

Stirling Highland Games advertises through the Stirling News to help promote the games to as wide a local audience as possible and we are delighted with the new design from Tartan Ink.

With so many people on the doorstep we invite all locals to head along on the 15th August and be part of this annual community event which has been supported this year by Scottish Wool Centre, Specsavers, Maxxium UK, Barratt Homes, Active Stirling, Stirling Council and Event Scotland.

You can buy discounted tickets only in advance via our web site or pay on the day through the gates.

We look forward to seeing you there.