Scottish Highland dancers

St Andrews Highland Games

Fling yourself into the St Andrews Highland Games when on your holidays in Fife this July…

Are you on your holidays in Fife this July? Or maybe you are looking for things to do in Fife this July. If so then why not get into the swing of things for the Rio Olympics in true Scottish style and head along to the St Andrews Highland Games? This is the 32nd year that the games have been running in St Andrews and they are now well established with much to see and do, making it the perfect family day out.

So what is on at St Andrews Highland Games…?

If you are a native then you are likely to know what to expect on your fun filled day out but if you are visiting you are in for a treat when you see how we Scots do it! One of the main attractions and most famous of the Highland Game sports is the Heavy Weights competition. Here you will see muscular athletes not in shorts and t-shirt but in kilts displaying their great strength. From tossing the caber, throwing the hammer, throwing the weight and putting the shot you will be in awe at the might of these mighty Scots!

Man putting the weight at Highland Games

And there is more…

Developed in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Highland Dancing has become an integral part of the Scottish Highlands Games. Here you will see dancers draped in tartan and kilts, flinging, jumping and manoeuvring their limbs and bodies with great skill and agility to demonstrate their technique and artistry in this masterful form of dance. Performed to the sound of bagpipes you will experience the true essence of all things Scottish as the sounds and sites pervade your senses.

Other events include the tug of war where two teams heave on either side of a strong rope to see who can out pull the other. Solo bagpiping sees pipers compete against each other to the sounds of our national and iconic bagpipe music. Cycling races and running events allow participants to demonstrate their skill and speed to see who can be the fastest in their field. With plenty happening you are spoilt for choice and can spectate at your pleasure on your day at the St Andrews Highland Games.

Where, when and how much…?

So if this has tuned up your pipes and you are raring to go then you need to know when and where it is all happening. The superb venue at Station Park is situated in front of the Old Course Hotel at the entrance to St Andrews from Dundee/ BagpipersCupar and will be ready for a fun fuelled day on Sunday 31st July. Tickets are £7 for adults and £4 for concessions and parking is free.

So there you have it. It is the perfect summer day out and gets you kick started for the events of August with the 2016 Rio Olympics with a Scottish twist. If you are planning holidays in Fife and are looking for self-catering accommodation near St Andrews or you just want to know more about the St Andrews Highland Games then please get in touch with us on 07840 801 114 or contact us here. We hope you have found this helpful and that you come along to enjoy the day with us!