Aberdeen Highland Games was held in Hazlehead Park on Sunday 18th June 2017, it was a truly Scottish experience!
This year’s activities included heavy weights, solo piping, light field, Highland dancing, running and the special event this year was the Scottish tug-o-war championship.
All the games were traditional highland games with a full range of activities in and around the arena. These events range from the heavy events (tossing the caber, throwing the hammer and shot put) through to the light events (running, cycling, tug o war, highland dancing, solo piping). All of these events ensured a wonderful sound and atmosphere with each of the games offering a slightly different mix of thrills keeping the game’s uniqueness.
The Aberdeen annual extravaganza event is known for its strong Scottish heritage and was held to coincide with Father’s Day making it a great day out for all the family and easy to remember!
The Highland Games are truly an event for the whole family. It featured the massed pipes and drums, individual pipe band displays, Tartan Warrior’s with their feats of strength, Scottish highland and country dancing and many stalls. Families had great time and adults and children alike had something of interest to watch, cherish and remember for a long time.
The children’s activities are varied yearly to offer a different experience every year. For 2017 activities included: a children’s stage show ‘Highland Fling’ by Funbox, Segways, trampolines, a climbing wall, come and try bikes, workshops with Aberdeen Science Centre, Aberdeen festivals and how to build a boat.
Being Aberdeen’s signature event, the highland games involves the whole community and in the past has been well patronized by families from all over Aberdeen and beyond.
The rousing sound of the pipes in both the solo piping competition and the impressive gathering of all the pipe bands – as they played and marched around the arena – was not only enjoyable, but was a delightful sight.
Visitors, guests, pipe bands from surrounding cities as well as tourists around the world gallivanting for the summer holidays came to take part in the grand combination of history, pageantry and novelty. They all had something good to say and take away.
The Funbox trio Kevin, Anya and Gary added more fun, as they joined the spectacle of Aberdeen’s Highland Games at Hazlehead Park in Aberdeen.
Trade and charity stalls selling gifts, arts and crafts and clothing, the Scottish Culture and Traditions musicians and the birds of prey were all popular attractions at the event as they kept guests engaged throughout.
A range of food and drink from catering units were available to purchase which also added to the enjoyment, there were some delicious ice creams on sale all day to keep the mood going.
As I always reiterate, this is the sort of events (both international and local) one enjoys when one decides to study in a university like RGU situated in a choice location like Aberdeen. It was worth every bit of time spent there.