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 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.

Online Entries will go live on Monday 20th March at 12 Noon (UK time)

All Highland Dancing events at the Cowal Gathering are run under the rules of the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing. All competitors must be registered with the SOBHD prior to submitting their entry to Cowal. The SOBHD address is 32 Grange Loan, Edinburgh, EH9 2NR.

Cowal Highland Gathering reserves the right to refuse any entry and fees cannot be refunded once entries have been received.

Closing date for entries to all events is 1st July 2017. No entries will be accepted after the closing date for any reason.

Please note: Dancing numbers are no longer allocated on a ’first to enter last to dance’ basis. The dancing numbers will be allocated by a completely random, automated draw which will take place after the closing date and under the supervision of the SOBHD.

Also Note that the timings below are when we expect the different competitions to take place. However the exact timings will depend on the number of competitors that enter each event. The final timings will be confirmed on the website in late July.