Highland Games Experience
One day tour
Highland Games are held throughout Scotland and are a lively celebration of Scottish culture. During your visit see historic sports, piping and traditional highland dancing. The climax of each games is the unforgettable sound of the Massed Pipes and Drums!
Price range: £69-£72
Heavy Events - 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 the dancers will give dazzling displays of traditional highland dancing
Food and Drink - enjoy a real taste of Scotland at 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 - Outlander, Outlaw King and Downton Abbey
Highland Games have been part of Scottish culture for centuries. Some believe their roots can be traced as far back as the 11th Century. In the modern format that we know today, Highland Games have been celebrated since the 1800’s. They are a rare chance for the residents of remote and hard-working rural communities to meet new people and socialise. Above all they celebrate the skill, strength and endurance of the Highlander.
At today’s Highland Games you’ll experience the memorable sights and sounds of the massed pipe bands, where hundreds of pipers come together to play in unison. There will also be solo competitions where the skill of the piper is tested in a range of skills. Elsewhere at the Games you’ll marvel at energetic dancing displays which attract experienced competitors from throughout Scotland and beyond!
In the main ring watch as the heavyweights compete in events including tossing the caber, the shot put and throwing the hammer. A popular event with spectators is the traditional "tug o’war”, which pits two teams against each other in a test of strength.
You’ll find this tour to be a truly memorable day out amongst grand Highland scenery.
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.
Highland Games take place in towns and villages throughout Scotland. On this tour we will visit the following events:
27 May: Blair Atholl Games
10 June: Glamis Highland Games
07 July: Luss Highland Games
05 August: Bridge of Allan Highland Games
19 August: Crieff Highland Games
08 September: Pitlochry Highland Games
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.
Meals are not included in the tour price, but we will make stops where you can get refreshments and something to eat. If you wish, you can bring a packed lunch or pick up lunch items at a previous stop. Vegetarian food is widely available in Scotland.
The seating on the coach is not allocated so you are free to sit in any vacant seat. We recommend that groups arrive at the boarding point together so that you can be seated in the same part of the coach.
From 60 High Street
Edinburgh EH1 1TB
Check-in: 08:15 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:30 hrs
Tour Returns: 17:45 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 Highland Games is included in the price of the tour.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.