Entry to the 2014 Pitlochry Highland Games was:
Children (5 - 16 years) £1
Car Parking £2.
Dogs welcome on leads.
Tickets available on the day
Recreation Ground, Ferry Road, Pitlochry PH16 5DZ
Book Your Accommodation Early As Blair Atholl Horse Trials Is On Same Weekend.
See Report on 2014 Games at bottom of this page.
Pitlochry Highland Games has been hosting competitors and enthralling spectators since 1852.
Pitlochry Highland Games hosts a number of competitions including:
- Championship of the Highlands Tug o' War sponsored by Stephen Country Homes
- Perthshire Tug o'War League sponsored by McCash & Hunter
- Perthshire Heavyweight League sponsored by PSPC
- Perthshire Dancing League sponsored by Piob Mhor
- Perthshire Junior Piping League sponsored by Crieff Highland Gathering Trust
- Scottish Athletics Clubs Junior Relay Final sponsored by PHG and The Enchanted Forest
- Scottish Junior Jumps Championship
- street parade of Pipe Bands - commencing at 11.40 am sponsored by Edradour Distillery followed by individual Pipe Band Championship and ending with Mass Parade of Pipe Bands
- 1600 metres scratch – Scottish Championship & Championship of the Highlands
- Perthshire Inter Primary School relay competition
- 3200 metres cycle race – Championship of the Highlands
- Drum Majors’ demonstration
- running and cycling events
- heavy events and tug of war
- high jump, long jump and triple jump
- Highland dancing events
- individual piping and Pipe Band competitions
- childrens’ races
“A day out at Pitlochry is a day to treasure”
A Bumper Day at Pitlochry Highland Games
The phrase “saving the best till last” is certainly one that can be attributed to Pitlochry Highland Games. The Recreation Ground once again provided a fitting finale to the 2014 Games season on Saturday.
An appreciative and enthusiastic crowd of over 6,000 surrounded the arena cheering every heavy, runner, cyclist, dancer, pipe band and probably the loudest for the tug o’ war teams. Commentator Colin Liddell informed everyone that this was the biggest assembly of competitors seen at any Highland Games in recent times, with almost 200 track and field athletes taking part, as well as a large contingent of dancers and the 19 Pipe Bands. For most of the day, all were bathed in warm autumnal sunshine.
Nowhere else on the Highland Games circuit does the crowd interact with the competitors as they do at Pitlochry. The spectators cheered as Lorne Colthart (Blair Atholl) again broke three ground records in the Local Heavy events, just as he did last year. They lifted 67 year old Sam Bates (Tullibody) over the line in the 800 metres to win his first race at Pitlochry in over 20 years of trying. They were on their feet again as they roared home the diminutive 10 year old Hannah Jordan (Clydesdale), who was competing at her first Games, as she hung on determinedly to hold off over 30 rivals in the girls’ 400 metres.
From the opening inter-schools relay to every throw of the shot, hammer and caber to the Massed Parade of the Pipe Bands, everyone received their share of appreciation.
There were record entries for all the track and field competitions. The Scottish Junior Jumps Championship, which was first held last year, again proved popular, with Ewan Bradley (Inverness) taking the overall title and SHGA Scottish Championship medal and the local Sir David Butter medal too.
In the dancing, Claire McLaughlin (East Kilbride) won the adult section, whilst Jillian Kennedy (Aberfeldy) won the PHGA Dancing League.
Entries for the Scottish Athletic Clubs junior relay championship have been increasing year on year. This year three heats had to be run, and the final saw the 1st & 2nd positions from 12 months ago reversed with the Innerleithen Runners quartet beating the team from East Kilbride.
Running at his local Games, Craig Robertson (Pitreavie AC) won the SHGA and Championship of the Highlands 1600 metres title for the sixth year in succession after a thrilling last lap battle with Robert Bough (Edinburgh AC).
The biggest track prize of the day goes to the winner of the Open 90 metres handicap and it was won for the second successive year by a female athlete, Chloe Mason (East Kilbride AC).
Sarah Ross (Pitreavie AC), who travels hundreds of miles on public transport to compete on the Games circuit, was rewarded with her fine win in the 200m final.
The 400 metres races have produced some of the closest finishes on the circuit this season and the Pitlochry instalment proved no exception when, after consulting the photo finish equipment, a dead heat was announced between Cumbie Bowers (Glenrothes) and Willie Bates (Tullibody).
Glasgow cyclist Stevie Jackson has had a great season on the Games circuit and that continued at Pitlochry where he won the 3,200 metres Championship of the Highlands.
The Youth's cycle events saw Kyle Cartwell (Forres) win the 800 metres and Marco Caira (Markinch) the 1600m.
A big field of Heavy Event competitors thrilled the crowds all afternoon, and the PSPC Heavy League was won by Stuart Anderson (Lochearnhead).
The ‘save the best to last’ theme continued in the tug o’ war as, once again, the Pitlochry contest proved to be one of the best on the Games circuit, with the crowd who were at that part of the ground almost 8 deep enthralled and vociferous, watching until the final pull of that competition went to a close finish in the early evening, with Mount Blair emerging as winners.
The Pipe Band Championship saw a clean sweep for the local Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, winning the Grade 1 competition, the drumming competition and the marching and smartness of turnout parade sponsored by Edradour Caledonia.