ABERLOUR is gearing up for an influx of visitors as it hosts its 71st Highland Games.
The playing fields at Speyside High School will be packed with attractions, sporting displays, dancing, stalls and traditional music during tomorrow’s (Saturday) family-friendly event.
Dancing gets underway at 11am, before the massed pipe bands – featuring seven bands and over 150 pipes and drums – march onto the field ahead of the official opening.
Chieftain Guy Macpherson-Grant, of Ballindalloch Castle, will declare the games underway at 1pm, before the Open Heavy and Light events begin.
Overseas visitors can try their hand at haggis hurling and tug o’ war, with other attractions including children’s races, a pets’ parade, traditional dancing, music, and field events.
Now part of the official games circuit, the Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games attract a high calibre of competitors.
However, for open events, they retain their reputation as the ‘come and have a go games’, with people encouraged to take to the field to demonstrate sporting prowess.
Usually held at the Alice Littler Park, the venue change was required due to Scottish Water flood alleviation works.
However, Games secretary Brian Cameron said the silver lining was that the larger area meant they could offer more to see and do.
The additional space has enabled more attractions, with over 40 trade tents, stalls and craft sellers signed up to take part. A beer tent and food stalls will be there, and a Grand Raffle will take place in the evening.
The games will draw to a close at 6pm when a children’s fancy dress parade and the massed pipe bands march down the main street of Aberlour.