Cowal Highland Gathering recognised in National Award - Cowal Highland Gathering
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Cowal Highland Gathering recognised in National Award

At the recent National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) annual awards dinner Cowal Highland Gathering was announced as the runner up in the NOEA Scotland Award. The NOEA say ’this award aims to give recognition to those events which have achieved the highest levels of excellence or have made a major contribution to the professionalism of the event industry in Scotland’

Cowal Gathering Event Manager, Malcolm Barclay, said ’we are absolutely delighted to have been recognised in such a prestigous award. Although we would have loved to have won, there is no shame in being runner up to an event of the calibre of the Royal Highland Show and to be runner up is still a major achievement, particularly when you consider some of the other huge events held in Scotland in the last 12 months. This announcement is a huge boost to our small team of staff and volunteers that bring the event together each year. I want to thank all of our volunteers, event partners, Argyll and Bute Council, our sponsors, competitors and visitors for their continued support.

Tom Clements, Chairman of NOEA Scotland, commented ’this year’s standard was tremendous and it is a great shame that we couldn’t have two winners, but Cowal Highland Gathering must be congratulated in being the runners up and indeed for producing a wonderful event, enjoyed by many as well as having a profound impact on the local Dunoon economy.

The Cowal Highland Gathering takes place annually in August in Dunoon, Argyll and Bute and is supported by Argyll and Bute Council.

Donald MacVicar, Argyll and Bute Council’s head of community and culture said ’this is great news, and a huge achievement for what is by some distance the biggest event in Argyll and Bute’s calendar.’
’The Cowal Highland Gathering is almost 120 years old, and is now in the diaries of many of the world’s top highland games competitors. Over each of the last few years the event has boasted some 3,500 competitors from as far afield as Canada, Australia and South Africa, and Dunoon and the surrounding area regularly welcomes 15,000 - 20,000 visitors for the three day show.’

’it is a vital contributor to the Cowal economy, as well as one of the country’s best loved and most spectacular highland gatherings. We are delighted that it challenged an event of the calibre of the Royal Highland Show for this coveted award, and we look forward to the Cowal Highland Gathering continuing to go from strength to strength in the future.’