Who Are We – Stirling Highland Games
Stirling Highland Games is the areas leading annual cultural sporting event. With a mix of traditional highland games competitions; craft, food and drink producers; kids entertainment including an overseas visitors race, we make sure there is something for everyone to enjoy a day out in Stirling.
In 2013, Stirling born social entrepreneur Matt McGrandles took ownership of the event. The events falling visitor numbers were turned around in 2014 along with a focus on showcasing quality products and produce to visitors. He also introduced the Chieftains Marquee in 2015, a gathering of Past Chieftains to revisit the Games and show support of the honory positon they previously held.
Supporting the Third Sector
Stirling Highland Games aligns itself with Forth Valley Social Enterprises CIC. A young community interest company whose social aim is to help young people develop employability skills needed in the work place through events, digital experiences and business start up services. FVSE delivers a training programme that covers the core skills needed in not only events but most working environments and then includes those young people in the practical deliver of the highland games event itself.
A Brief History
Stirling was fairly late in holding Highland games. Balfron, Thornhill, Denny, Alloa and Tillicoultry all had annual games, before the first Stirling Highland Games were held in July 1870. The site chosen was Wellgreen, and 4,000 spectators turned up on the day.
Other nearby Scottish Highland Games in the area include: