Cowal Highland Gathering crowds enjoy spectacular day - Cowal Highland Gathering
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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 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.

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

In the Scottish dancing championships, the main results were:

Age 7 and under 9 won by Christy Graham from Dundee
9 years of age -Morven Johnston from Western Australia
10 years of age – Tashy Cormack, Thrumster
11 years of age – Lucja Grant, Ontario
12 years of age – Ellie Dalrymple, Tranent
13 years of age – Erin Blair, California
14 years of age – Morgan McDougall, Ontario
15 years of age – Emma Schiff, California

In the senior solo piping, top honours went to Gordon McCready from Renfrew, who walked off with the coveted Grade A title.

The Burgh Cup is on its way to Bute, having been won by Daniel McDermott from Rothesay.

The Best Dressed Adult Piper award went to Ben Duncan from Edinburgh while local lad Jamie Campbell from Strachur scooped the Best Dressed Juvenile Piper.

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 the day’s other highlights was the classic car display, which left from opposite the Queen’s Hall at lunch time.

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

“It’s been a fantastic first two days. The atmosphere has been brilliant, and crowds of enthusiastic spectators have watched some top quality competition,” he said.

“We couldn’t really have wished for anything more for the first two days – despite a bit of rain on Friday! And one of the most popular Friday events - the family ceilidh featuring top band Skipinnish - is still to kick off in The Queen’s Hall at 7.30pm this evening.”

Tomorrow is traditionally the flagship Gathering day, with a feast of dancing, piping and athletics competitions as well as the Cowal Hill Race and the massing of the bands in the evening.

Ronnie said: “If you haven’t already got a ticket, I would urge you to come down to the stadium tomorrow and get a taste of one of Scotland’s best family days out.”

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