Saturday 19th August 2023

Stirling highland games



Stirling Highland Games is one of central Scotland’s great annual cultural sporting events, welcoming up to 8000 visitors annually. Our transformational event provides a GREAT DAY OUT for visitors whilst also supporting our charity partner as a practical learning experience for young people. Stirling Highland Games can now trace its history back to the Stirling Chapmen of 1818 when the highland games included: ‘Tilting at the Ring’, ‘Foot Races’ and ‘Horse Races’.

Stirling Highland Games not only showcases traditional Highland games competitions like tossing the caber and Highland dancing, but it also offers visitors an affordable ‘festival style’ day out with lots to see and do including a Traders Village showcasing food and drinks producers as well as quality market traders; an on-site Heritage Walking Tour, an Activities Challenge area for the kids; and some Creative Arts performances.

Our games field is located within Stirling Sports Village and offers spectacular views over to the National Wallace Monument, Cambuskenneth Abbey and Stirling Castle. As an approved Member of the Royal Scottish Highland Games Association, we offer visitors a full programme of traditional Highland Games competitions to watch including Athletics, Youth Running, Cycling, Highland Dancing, Heavyweights, long jump and triple jump and there are also several Pipe band performances spread throughout the day.

Visitors are encouraged to take part in our Visitor Races on the running track and our Activities Challenge area is where the kids can enjoy giving several sports a go on an all-weather pitch including mini highland games.

In 2020, Stirling Highland Games introduced The Bruce Challenge. An open event for only the strongest of athletes as it combines strength, endurance and agility. Join us to see who will take the challenge and walk a Scottish Whin and Scottish Granite boulder weighing in at 164.5kg the furthest.

In 2021, Stirling Highland Games hosted The Wounded Highlanders and provided an Adaptive Heavyweights competition where some of the athletes set 9 World Records. We look forward to having them as part of future competitions at Stirling.

The Stirling Highland Games committee, as part of the organiser’s new focus on helping reduce carbon emissions, is looking to encourage all attending the event to plant a tree in the Ceangail Grove located in the Scottish Highlands.

“On behalf of the Stirling Highland Games Committee, we look forward to welcoming you all to our highland games event and trust you will have an amazing experience in one of Scotland’s most historical cities.”

Matt McGrandles, Stirling Highland Games President

2013 to  present

Upcoming Events

Saturday 19th August 2023

Plan ahead for our 2023 event on Saturday 19th August. Stirling Highland Games is a member of the RSHGA.

Saturday 17th August 2024

Plan ahead for our 2024 event on Saturday 17th August. Stirling Highland Games is a member of the RSHGA.

Explore The Games

The Stirling Highland Games Committee is looking forward to welcoming you in person to the 2023 event on August 19th but in the meantime check out our trailer from our virtual programme that aired on Saturday 21st August 2021.

You can rent or buy these 3 episodes via the ON-DEMAND CHANNEL and watch at your convenience. Stirling was one of only a handful highland games in Scotland that committed to delivering a virtual programme through the pandemic in 2020 and 2021.

Highland Games Competitors

Competitors are welcome at Stirling Highland Games to enter and compete in our competition events. These include Adult and Youth Track, Cycling, Heavyweights, Adaptive Heavyweights, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Tug o War, and The Bruce Challenge. 

As a Member of the RSHGA, we believe in creating a level playing field for all athletes to compete fairly and therefore endorse the Clean Sport message at Stirling Highland Games.

Stirling Highland Games was selected at random in 2019 by UKAD as one of the events where Clean Sport testing on Athletes was administered. 

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