Cowal Highland Gathering – Highland dancing
24th - 26th August 2017

Highland Dancing

© Photo by Ken Clark

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Highland dancing

Cowal Highland Gathering is host to the Scottish and World Highland Dancing Championships – the most important events in the highland dancing calendar. As a competitor you’ll be pitched against the finest dancers and perform in front of what’s possibly the most discerning dancing audience anywhere in the world. Are you aiming for the Cowal Gold Medal?

The dancing gets underway on Thursday with the Scottish National Highland Dancing Championship. Friday sees dancers from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa join the Scots to compete in the Scottish Championship and the qualifiers for the World Highland Dancing Championship. And on Saturday it’s the finals of the World Championship.
We also hold competitions to encourage local, emerging highland dancing talent. If you’re a younger dancer at the start of your career, it’s a great opportunity to experience this great event and dance in front of the experts.

Highland Dancing Photos 2016

The dancing competitions at the Cowal Gathering kick off on the Thursday of the event with the Scottish National Highland Dancing Championships. This event is open to premier class dancers from throughout Scotland. As such it attracts the very best of our own home grown dancers to compete.

The Friday sees the international dancers arriving to compete in the Scottish (open) Highland Dancing Championships and the qualifiers for the World Championships.
Dancers from Canada, The United States, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa travel to Cowal to compete for the ultimate prize in the dancing calendar.

The finals of the World Highland Dancing Championships take place on the Saturday afternoon and see the 60 top dancers from across the world compete to be crowned World Champion.

The Saturday is also host to two local (confined) competitions including one which is specifically for the youngest dancers just setting out on their dancing career.

Below is the provisional running order for the 2017 highland dancing championships. Please note that this could be subject to change depending on the number of entries in each age group.

The final running order will be confirmed after entries close in July.



10.00 am
Event A (7/9 Years) East Platforms
Event B (9 Years) East Platforms
Event C (10 Years) East Platforms
Event D (11 Years) East Platforms
Event E (12 Years) Main Platforms
Event F (13 Years) Main Platforms

Recommence 2.00 pm Approx.

Event G (14 Years) East Platforms
Event H (15 Years) East Platforms
Event I (16 Years) Main Platforms
Event J (17 Years) Main Platforms
Event K (18 Years) Main Platforms

5.25 pm Presentations Main Platforms


9.00 am

Events 12 and 13 East Platforms
Events 14 and 15 Main Platforms

Recommence 1.15 pm

Events 8, 9, 10, 11 East Platforms
Events 55 and 56 Main Platforms

5.50 pm Trophy Presentations


10.00 am
Argyll Championships Event 51, 52 & 53 Main Platform

10.00 am
Pre-Premier Championships Events 4, 5a, 5b ,6a, 6b &7 West Platforms
(Please note the above age groups could be broken down further if a particular age group receives a high entry.)

12.00 noon
Finals of the World Highland Dancing Championships Main Platform

Trophy Presentations 5.25 pm
No Information is available at present.
We are very grateful to the various dancing organisations who have aided us greatly in the selection process, these are:

A.B.H.D I. - Australia

ScotDance Canada - Canada

F.U.S.T.A - U.S.A

B.A.T.D. - U.K.

S.D.T.A - Scotland

U.K.A. - U.K.

The 2017 Highland Dancing Judging Panel will be confirmed here soon.