2019 Programme  

The Highland Council has announced details of an expansion to the programme for this year’s Inverness Highland Games & Gala weekend with a number of new events being added to the city’s summer season.

The festivities will commence on Friday 19th July with performances on the lawn outside Eden Court Theatre from 6pm featuring the City of Inverness Pipe Band; the Elizabeth Fraser School of Highland Dancing and members of the Inverness Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance; before we move into the World's oldest Highland Games Stadium Northern Meeting Park for the 2019 Highlands Strongest Man and Strongest Woman Championships.

For many spectators, the Heavy events at the Inverness Highland Games are one of the highlights of their trip to Scotland; and another day of fierce competition is expected on July 20th with Champion Jamie Gunn scheduled to return to defend his title against a top class field of Heavies. As usual the day will end with the Heavies attempting a unique event which can trace its roots back to The True Highland Games staged in 1822. The Inverness Stonemason’s Stone weighs 252 pounds and always generates the biggest cheer if any of the Heavies have enough strength left at the end of an exhausting day of competition to lift it cleanly over a bar suspended 5 foot in the air. Less than a dozen athletes have been able to complete the task to date; although many have travelled to Inverness to try.
The Games Committee have announced that following the Opening Ceremony’s Mass Highland Fling; they will mark the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Inverness Legion Pipes and Drums Band by inducting the entire band into the Games’ Hall of Fame.

Making a welcome return to our show will be the 19th Regiment Royal Artillery (The Scottish Gunners) who are just one of the many attractions you will find in our show field which contains Scotland’s Biggest Inter Clan Gathering, Highland Dancing, the Exclusively Highlands Craft Fair, Horne’s Fun Fair, our Games Day Traders Village, a Kids Zone, Armed Forces displays and the prestigious Solo Piping competitions organised by the Inverness Piping Society.

At the suggestion of the Inverness Youth Forum, and certain to prove very popular with young families, the Games Committee have announced that all Under 12’s will be admitted free of charge to this year’s Games; and that a new multi-event competition for junior athletes will be introduced.

Sunday will see the return of the Inverness Gala to its traditional Sunday afternoon slot with a number of events being staged simultaneously at Bught Park.

Following October’s inaugural Proud Ness, the Highland Council and local volunteers have been working behind the scenes on developing a format which would enable Proud Ness to accommodate the thousands of participants who are expected to take part.

Proud Ness 2019 will feature a parade to Bught Park that will start around 1pm in order to enable participants from across the Highlands and further afield to participate. The Proud Ness marchers will be joined along the way by marchers taking part in a sponsored walk for Mikeysline and by competitors in a brand new event especially for dogs and their owners.

Ruff Ness is scheduled to take place in the main stadium at Bught Park at 2pm on Sunday afternoon at the conclusion of the Gala Day Junior Shinty Festival organised by Inverness Shinty Club.

Ruff Ness will feature a number of fun competitions which are currently being tested with varying degrees of success and laughter.

Music fans are asked to note that the Inverness Gigs musical showcase is moving from its Saturday night slot to Gala Sunday afternoon. Organiser Chris Lemon has once again been given the task of ensuring that musically the showcase has something to suit all tastes. Details of the bands that will be performing will be announced on www.invernessgigs.co.uk next month.

Games Chieftain Provost Helen Carmichael said “Our expanded Games and Gala Weekend programme is filled with activities and events for everybody to enjoy; and is the result of many months of work behind the scenes to create something very special indeed. I would like to thank the many local competitors, performers and volunteers for their tremendous efforts over many months in helping our Games Committee and our city’s Events and Festivals Working Group to pull this all together.

The weekend will provide a wonderful opportunity for us to highlight the very best that we have to offer here in Inverness to locals and visitors alike while delivering a much appreciated boost to both our city’s profile and economy.”

• Tickets for the Highlands Strongest Man and Strongest Woman Show cost £3 with Under 12’s admitted free.

• Tickets for the Inverness Highland Games cost £10 Adults & £5 for Seniors and Students

• Admission to Gala Sunday is free.

The Inverness Highland Games will be staged in Bught Park Stadium on Saturday 20th July 2019, with once again, a wide range of activities and displays spread across the whole of Bught Park for you and your family and friends to enjoy.One of the real highlights of any visit to our Games is the Mass Highland Fling which takes places shortly after the Opening Ceremony.

As you can see from the picture below it really is a lot of fun and where else will you get the chance to say that you danced for the Chieftain of the Inverness Highland Games in front of thousands of spectators?

Provisional Programme

10:30 Competitor Registration Commences
11:00 Spectator Gates Open
11:00 Traders Village and Exhibitions open
11:00 Solo Piping Commences
11:00 Highland Dancing Commences
11:00 Shinty Exhibition
11:30 Junior Field Events
Junior Field Events
U 11 Boys - Long Jump
U 11 Girls Long Jump
U 13 Boys Shot Putt
U 13 Girls Shot Putt
U 13 Boys Long Jump
U 13 Girls Long Jump
U 15 Boys Shot Putt
U 15 Girls Shot Putt
U 11 Boys Shot Putt
U 11 Girls Shot Putt
U 15 Boys Long Jump
U 15 Girls Long Jump
12:00 Chieftains Welcome and Opening Ceremony

12:10 Inverness Highland Games Hall of Fame Ceremony
12:15 Mass Highland Fling

12.30 Senior Heavies - The Hammer

12:35 Under 5's Races

13.00 Senior Track and Field Events
13.00 Senior Field Events
13.15 Senior Heavies - Weight for Distance
13:30 Track events
ASN Male 100 yds
ASN Female 100 yds
U11 Girls 100 yds
U11 Boys 100 yds
U13 Girls 100 yds
U13 Boys 100 yds
U15 Girls 100 yds
U15 Boys 100 yds
ASN Male 100 yds HCP
ASN Boys 100 yds HCP
Senior Women 100 yds
Senior Men 100 yds
14:00 Heavy Events - Braemar Stone
14:15 Field Events
ASN Boys Shot
ASN Female Shot
ASN Girls Shot
ASN Boys Shot
14:30 Heavy Events - Braemar Stone

14:30 Track events
U 13 Girls 800m
U13 Boys 800m
U15 Girls 800m
U15 Boys 800m
Senior Women 800m
Senior Men 800m
14:45 Field Events
Senior Men High Jump
Senior Women High Jump
15:15 Senior Women 400m
Senior Men 400m
15:30 Scottish Country Dancing
15:30 Field Events
Senior Men Long Jump
Senior Women Long Jump
15:40 Scottish Country Dancing
15.45 Senior Heavies - 56lb Weight Over the Bar

15:50 Track Events
ASN Men 200m HCP
ASN Women 200m HCP
U 11 Girls 200m
U11 Boys 200m
U13 Girls 200m
U13 Boys 200m
U15 Girls 200m
U15 Boys 200m
Senior Women 200m
Senior Men 200m
Senior Men 1500m
Senior Women 1500m
16:15 Pipes and Drums
16:15 Field Events
Senior Men Shot Putt
Senior Women Shot Putt
16:30 Clan Village Closes
16:45 Track Events
Girls 4 x 1/2 lap
Boys 4 x 1/2 lap
Women 4 x 1/2 lap
Men 4 x 1/2 lap
17.00 Senior Heavies - Tossing the Caber

17.30 Senior Heavies - The 252lb Inverness Stonemason's Stone Challenge

(Our Sports Programme is subject to change once all our entries are processed on the day)