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 had a taste of why the event has the reputation of being the world’s most spectacular Highland Games.

The crowds who gathered in Dunoon were treated to a feast of top quality Highland Dancing and solo piping. 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 and pipers battling it out for coveted Cowal honours.

Those who arrived early were spoiled for choice, with the Scottish Highland Dancing Championships and 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.

Among the winners in the Scottish National Championships, the main results were:

Hannah Butchart from Stonehaven in the 14 years section.
Katie Lawson from Edinburgh in the 15 years section.
Catriona Gammons from Helensburgh in the 16 years section.

In the junior solo piping section, Connor Honeyball from Dunoon picked up the Burgh Cup. Shaun Mckenzie from Dunoon was second, picking up The Inglis Trophy and Amaidh Stoddart took third, picking up The Campbell Birnie Trophy. The Best Dressed Playing Piper: Juvenile was Flynn Porter from Lenzie.

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.

Cowal Highland Gathering chair Ronnie Cairns said he was very happy with the way the event is progressing.

“It’s been a great first two days. Today’s weather has been disappointing but as always the atmosphere has been brilliant,” he said.

“The fun’s by no means over for the day, as we’ve still got the Belhaven Brewery-sponsored Gig at the Gathering to come. Every year the Gig proves to be one of our most popular elements, and I’m sure this year will be no different, particularly since it’s being headlined by local superstars Heron Valley.

“If last year’s anything to go by, those fortunate enough to have tickets are in for a fantastic night out. Let’s hope they all make it back to the showground tomorrow for what is traditionally the flagship day for this wonderful event, with a feast of dancing, piping and athletics 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.”

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, please visit the Gathering’s website at or contact the event office by emailing or phoning 01369 703206.