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Cowal Highland Gathering crowds enjoy spectacular day

Visitors to the Cowal Highland Gathering today had a taste of why the event is billed as the world’s most spectacular Highland Games.

The crowds who gathered in Dunoon were treated to a feast of top quality Highland Dancing, piping and heavy athletics as well as a variety of other entertainment.

And the evening’s fun hasn’t even kicked off yet, with hundreds of people heading back to the show ground for 7pm to enjoy a fantastic night out at the eagerly anticipated Gig at the Gathering.

From the start of the very first event, there was never a dull moment with hundreds of top quality dancers, pipers and athletes battling it out for coveted Cowal honours.

Those who arrived early were spoiled for choice, with the Scottish Highland Dancing Championships and the senior A and B Grades solo piping competitions as well as the junior solo piping competitions all taking place before lunch.

The Local Juvenile Solo Piping competition also took place in the morning, as did the Burgh Cup Competition for solo piping.

In the Scottish dancing championships, Eilidh Gammons from Helensburgh won the Scottish Champion for dancers aged 9 years, and also won Best Scottish Dancer.

In the senior solo piping, top honours went to Stuart Easton from Palmerston North, who walked off with the coveted Grade A championship title.

In second and third places in the Grade A competition were Andrea Boyd from Ontario and Derek Midgley from New Jersey respectively.

In the Grade B contest, the results were William Rowe (champion), Sarah Muir (second) and Ashley McMichael (third).

Event G solo piping contest for the Burgh Cup was also held, with Rebecca Paterson from Strachur going home with the silverware.

The Cowal inter-school sports competition also took place in the morning, with the crowd in fine voice as they roared the youngsters on.

At lunch time, the popular Classic Car Display in the Alexandra Parade car park in the town proved a hit with locals and visitors alike.

In the afternoon, the stage was set for the first of the ever-popular heavy athletics competitions, with some of the world’s top athletes throwing their weight around in a bid to be crowned Cowal Highland Gathering champion.

Cowal Highland Gathering chair Ronnie Cairns is delighted with the way the event is progressing.

“It’s been a fantastic first two days. As always the atmosphere has been brilliant, and the crowds have been treated to some top quality competition,” he said.

“The Gathering has so far gone as well as we could have hoped. And the fun’s by no means over for the day, as we’ve still got the Gig at the Gathering – which has been a fantastic addition to our event - to come.

“If last year’s anything to go by, those fortunate enough to have tickets are in for a brilliant night out. Let’s hope they all make it back to Dunoon Stadium tomorrow for what is traditionally the flagship day for this wonderful event, with a feast of dancing, piping and athletics as well as the Cowal Hill Race and a vast array of additional entertainment.

“If you haven’t already got a ticket, I would urge you to come down to the stadium tomorrow and get a taste of what is always one of the most exciting days in the Highland Games calendar.”

Craig Anderson, Chief Executive of The Scottish Salmon Company, sponsor of this year’s Gathering, said: “What a great start to this year’s Cowal Highland Gathering. The event is a celebration of Scotland’s finest traditions and we’re proud to support what is the pinnacle of the Highland Games season. Our Family Food Kitchen will be at the Gathering on Saturday offering tasters of our specially-named ‘Cowal Skink’, fun interactive activities, foods tips, demos and samples of our delicious Scottish salmon.

“With a packed schedule of activity still to come at the Gathering, from piping competitions to the heavy athletics, we’re looking forward to seeing all that tomorrow has to offer.”


A full list of the results of all today’s action will be posted on the Gathering website as soon as possible.

For information or to book tickets for the rest of the event, which takes place in association with headline sponsor Scottish Salmon Company, please visit the Gathering’s website at www.cowalgathering.com or contact the event office by emailing info@cowalgathering.com or phoning 01369 703206.