Braemar Highland Gathering
One day tour
Highland Games are held throughout Scotland and are a lively celebration of Scottish culture. The Braemar Gathering is Scotland’s premier event and has been taking place in its current form since 1832, but goes back in time almost 900 years!
Price range: £69-£72
Heavy Sports - watch the “heavies” compete in Tossing the Caber and Hammer Throwing
Tug O’War - cheer on your favourite team to victory
Bagpipes - listen to the sound of the pipes as solo players and bands compete
Highland Dancing – watch as dancers give dazzling displays of traditional highland dancing
Food and Drink - enjoy a real taste of Scotland by visiting the many artisan stalls
The Massed Pipes and Drums - marvel at the sight and sound as the bands come together to play in unison
Movie locations - Sunset Song, The Queen and Mrs Brown
Full Tour Itinerary
Scotland’s premier Highland Games - The Braemar Highland Gathering takes place in the little village of Braemar on Royal Deeside. This very special event has a long and noble history. It has taken place here, in one form or another, for over 900 years. Today it’s a World-famous celebration of traditional dancing, music and sportsmanship.
HM The Queen is the patron of the Braemar Highland Gathering and traditionally attends the event with members of the Royal Family who are holidaying at nearby Balmoral Castle. The Monarch’s attendance maintains a tradition that goes back to 1848 when Queen Victoria first visited the event.
Your Braemar Highland Gathering tour starts in Edinburgh and will take you on a scenic journey through the ancient Kingdom of Fife then through Glen Shee to reach Braemar in Royal Deeside.
Once in the showground (admission is included) you’ll marvel at the kilted “Heavies” who show off their athleticism when they take part in contests like Putting the Stone, Throwing Weight and, of course, Tossing the Caber!
Listen to the grunts and groans as two teams battle it out on the Tug of War. After a long battle of too and fro the winners will receive their prize from The Queen, herself!
Over 100 dancers will participate in magical displays of Highland Dancing, one of the oldest forms of dance and highly developed over many centuries. The contestants in their colourful tartan outfits will compete in traditional dances like the Highland Fling and The Sword Dance. Hornpipe.
During your time at the Braemar Highland Gathering you’ll get to enjoy listening to many Pipe Bands performing bagpipe music during the day but a real highlight is the march of the Massed Pipes and Drums comprising all 12 bands performing in unison.
We’ll depart from Braemar in the late afternoon returning to Edinburgh by mid-evening. What a memorable day this has been!
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Signature Day Tour?
Travelling on a Signature one-day tour is a great way to discover the best of Scotland from your city centre base of Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness. During your day of discovery we’ll introduce you to many aspects of our country: spectacular scenery, history, folklore, nature and much, much more. Luxury travel is provided by air-conditioned mini or midi coaches and each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide a live commentary in English. There are stops planned at the key sights as well as for meals and comfort breaks. Please note that tours to some destinations, particularly to Loch Ness, can be faster paced so the number and duration of stops may be limited.
How many people will be in the group?
The group size is normally between 29 and 33 passengers. On the Original Loch Ness Tour and at times of peak demand (such as on public holidays) larger coaches may be used.
Do you offer a hotel pick-up service?
We know that you will want to start your tour straight away rather than spending valuable time travelling around hotels. By offering a single centrally located departure point we can get you to Scotland’s best scenery as quickly as possible .
Where does my tour depart from and return to?
Our tours depart from a central location in Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile/High Street which is easily reached by public transport. Full information on the departure time and place of your tour will be shown on your tour confirmation.
What features will the coach have?
You will usually travel in a modern eco-friendly touring coach which is equipped with air-conditioning, comfortable reclining seats, large picture windows and seat belts.
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach
- Admission to the Braemar Highland Gathering
- Live commentary in English
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature unless stated above
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From 60 High Street
Edinburgh EH1 1TB
Check-in: 07:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 20:30 hrs
Concession discounts apply to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 5 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 5 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
Admission to the Braemar Highland Gathering is included in the price of the tour.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.