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Cowal Highland Gathering crowds enjoy spectacular day

Visitors to the Cowal Highland Gathering were today offered 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 begun yet, with hundreds of people heading back to the show ground for 7pm to enjoy a fantastic night out at the new and 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.

Spectators 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 kicking off at 9am.

The Local Juvenile Solo Piping competition also took place before lunch, as did the Burgh Cup Competition for solo piping, which was won by Colin Prentice from Dunoon

The grandstand and other spectator areas were bursting at the seams for the Scottish Highland Dancing Championships, in which the main results were:

Cole Leslie from Ontario who won the May G Falconer Trophy for the best Male Dancer in any of the Scottish Championships events 8 – 15

and Rosey Watt from Macduff who won the May Falconer Memorial Trophy for the best Scottish Dancer (resident) in events 8 - 15

In the senior solo piping, top honours went to Alasdair Henderson originally from Kirn, who walked off with the coveted Grade A championship title.

In the Grade B contest, the results were Calum Watson from Lasswade.

The primary schools 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 spectacular heavy athletics competitions, with the world’s top athletes throwing their weight around in a bid to be crowned Cowal Highland Gathering champion.

The Senior Grade C solo piping contest was also held this afternoon, with Jonathan Simpson from Bo’ness going home with the silverware.

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 couple of days, and the feedback we’ve had so far has been brilliant.

“We’re very excited that we’re about to enjoy what is probably the biggest addition to the Gathering’s schedule this year – the Gig at the Gathering in our McEwan’s Ceilidh Tent. I hope everyone has a great night out and makes it back to the showground tomorrow for what promises to be a fantastic day of top class competition and entertainment.”

The Gig at the Gathering will feature world famous ceilidh band Skipinnish rocking the crowd with their Festival Set, ably supported by the ever-popular Heron Valley.

A hog roast BBQ will run throughout the night, with a Cask Ale bar plus whisky and gin bars provided by Argyll Vintners.

Tomorrow is traditionally the flagship Gathering day, with an 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 enjoy one of Scotland’s best family days out.” This year’s Cowal Highland Gathering is part of EventScotland’s National Events programme .

For more information about the event or to buy tickets, please visit the Gathering’s website at or contact the event office by emailing or phoning 01369 703206.

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