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Supposedly the biggest highland games in the world. Takes place in Dunoon every August and has the premier piping competition for bands.

Welcome to the Cowal Highland Gathering and be part of the biggest, most spectacular Highland games in the world.

With its mix of Highland dancing, pipe bands, wrestling, heavy athletics, solo piping, drum majors, ceilidh, children’s entertainment, fun run and local food, there’s something for everyone at the Cowal Highland Gathering. 

If you’ve never visited before and can only manage one day, then come on Saturday. Watch the top highland dancers in the world compete in the finals of the World Highland Dancing Championship, listen to the 130+ pipe bands battle it out in the Cowal Pipe Band Championship and cheer on the world’s best heavy athletes as they toss the caber. You can also catch Scottish music in the Ceilidh Tent. To round off the day, witness the spine-tingling salute to the Chieftain. The sound of 3,000 pipers and drummers playing in unison will stay with you forever

Location Description

Dunoon Stadium, ocated in the north of the town,is the town's sporting arena that has the largest capacity of any amateur ground in Scotland. It serves as the focal point of the Cowal Highland Gathering.



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