Frequently Asked Questions
Can I take part in the Games?
Lots of people ask us all the time, "Can I join in the Games?" - this is a wee bit of a difficult question. All our competitors train very hard all year round to be fit and ready to take part in the Games. This means that they work hard to perfect their technique in order to compete in a safe way. Heavy events in particular can be hazardous if not carried out in a safe manner, so we can't let just anyone take part without our officials being happy with a competitors competency for everyone's safety. All competitor's in Track and Heavy events must be registered with the RSHGA, our governing body. This can be done in advance and also on the day with the RSHGA Rep on duty. Their annual membership includes personal injury insurance, but day membership does not. Competitors are also required to have their own 3rd party insurance depending on their event. All Heavy competitors must wear Kilts during competion. Pre-entries for Dancing and Track Events can be made through our Dancing Convenor and Handicapper - see Contact Us page for details.
So what can you join in? We host an International Visitors Race, which is a running race, one lap around the ring. We also have children's races for the children to join in, with different age groups - listen to our Commentator who will announce when it is time for both events. This year we are also delighted to welcome The Ardblair Stones along, in partnership with their sponsors Castle Water, which will give you the chance to test out your muscles, as you try to lift their 9 stones up onto Whisky Barrel's. There's trophies up for grabs for the top three men and woman on the day, and it also acts as a qualifier for the IHGF (International Highland Games Federation) Stone's of Strength Scottish Final which takes place at Blairgowire & Rattray Highland Games on Sunday 4th September 2022.
Can I bring my dog to the Games?
Yes well behaved dogs are welcome at the Games, but must be kept on a lead at all times please.
Is there Disabled access?
The Games take place in a field in the Castle Grounds. The grass is cut short for ease of access around the main ring, and "topped" in the carpark. We have a limited number of disabled parking spaces it is recommended you arrive early. Once they are filled our helpful car parking volunteers will try their best to find a suitable space. Alternatively hard standing disabled parking is available at the Castle, but this is a 5/10 minutes walk away, with access at the bottom gate of the field. A disabled toilet is available on site.
Do you accept group bookings?
Of course, we are happy to welcome pre-booked groups to the Games. Please use our enquiries form to get in touch with our Secretary who will be happy to help.