Cowal Highland Gathering crowds enjoy spectacular day - Cowal Highland Gathering
25th - 27th August 2022


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Cowal Highland Gathering crowds enjoy spectacular day

Visitors to the Cowal Highland Gathering today discovered why the event is billed as the world’s most spectacular Highland Games.The thousands 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.Those who arrived early were spoiled for choice, with the Scottish Highland Dancing Championships and the senior and junior solo piping competitions all taking place before lunch.In the dancing, the main results from across the eight events saw winners including: Cameron Walker from Denny who was awarded the Best Male Dancer in any of the Scottish Championships and Jessica Baillie from Letham who was crowned the Best Scottish Dancer (resident).In the senior solo piping, top honours went to Alex Gandy from Nova Scotia, who walked off with the Brymay Trophy which is awarded to the piper with most points in the top level.In the juvenille section, 11 year old Jamie Campbell from Strachur won the local march and the local Strathspey and reel. Jamie who is 12 on Sunday is thrilled with the achievement.The primary schools athletics competition also took place in the morning, with the crowd in fine voice as they roared the youngsters on.In the afternoon, the stage was set for the first of the spectacular heavy athletics competitions, with the world’s top athletes throwing their weight around in a bid to be crowned Cowal Highland Gathering champion.Among those who made their mark today were Kyle Randalls from Grangemouth who set a new Cowal record in the 16lb Scots Hammer. His throw of 41 metres 55cm is one of the furthest throws in Scotland this year and beat the previous Cowal record held by Jason Young of 39 metres 70cm.Another highlight of the day for a few lucky youngsters was a drumming masterclass with Stephen Creighton, lead drummer with the award-winning St. Laurence O’Toole Grade 1 pipe band.The afternoon also saw the Burgh Cup competition for solo piping, in which the placings were Craig Martin from Edinburgh, Daniel MacDermott from Rothesay and David Rischmiller from Dunoon.Cowal Highland Gathering chair Ronnie Cairns is delighted with the way the event is progressing.“We couldn’t really have wished for anything more for the first two days – a fantastic atmosphere with great crowds and top quality competitions, with even the weather doing its bit!” he said.“The fun’s by no means over for the day, as we’ve still got one of the most popular attractions to come with the family ceilidh - featuring top band Skipinnish - kicking off in The Queen’s Hall at 7.30pm this evening.“Of course tomorrow is traditionally the flagship day for this wonderful event, with an incredible array of dancing, piping and athletics competitions as well as the new Cowal Hill Race and the famous massing of the bands in the evening.“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 promises to be one of the most exciting days the Gathering has ever seen.”The 2013 Cowal Highland Gathering is part of EventScotland’s National Events programme. For more information, please visit the Gathering’s website at <> , drop in to its HIllfoot Street office or call 01369 703206.