Published: 22/07/2014 16:15 - Updated: 22/07/2014 16:30

Dufftown prepares for 122nd Games

Dufftown Highland Games.
Dufftown Highland Games.

THE 122nd Dufftown Highland Games take place this Saturday, and organisers are expecting it to be the best yet.

A record breaking 12 pipe bands are taking part, while a full programme of light and heavy events will play out as well as Highland Dancing, hill races and more.

A group of 70 visiting Bavarians have booked in, having vowed to return following an earlier visit to the popular Games.

They have created a Tug o’ War team, which will be accommodated, and there is also a competing team making their way from London to Whisky Country to take part. Chair Linda Brown said everyone involved was looking forward to a great family day on Saturday, where there will be attractions, games, stalls, refreshments, displays and more.

"Whether you are a competitor in one of our many events, live in the area and looking for the perfect day out for the family, or have come to Scotland from any part of the world for your vacation, the Dufftown Highland Games is the ideal outing for you," she said.

An Overseas Race will also run, giving visitors the chance to participate in a Highland Games event.

The demanding Ben Rinnes 5 Tops Hill Race gets underway at noon, putting runners through their paces over a 14-mile course which involves ascents of 4,900 ft, and children’s races will also feature on the programme.

The gates open at 11am, when competitions get underway, before the massed pipe band – made up of almost 200 pipers and drummers - leaves the clock tower at 1pm to head to the field.

An opening ceremony follows at 1.30pm, led by Games Chieftain Robin Mclennan, who will be joined by his extended family at the event.

The Beating the Retreat is scheduled for 6pm. Admission to the Games, held on the Mortlach School Field on Hill Street, is £6 for adults and £3 for OAPs and Under 16s.

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