About the Games

The first Montrose Highland Games took place in July 1859, and was held on the Mid Links, close to the Academy Square. It was started by the Yeomanry Volunteers in conjunction with their annual camp in the town. At the first event, according to the Montrose Review, the majority of events were won by the infamous Donald Dinnie of Aboyne. The Games were held annually thereafter, except from 1915 to 1918 due to the Great War. They recommenced in 1919 and ran until 1929, when they fell into abeyance due to inability to form a Committee.

In 1978 a public meeting was called to assess interest in giving rebirth, and the following year the first games were held on the East Links. Since then they have been held every year, growing in popularity. In 1980 the first Horse and Harness event took place, and the two events have run together ever since.

The Games now take place on the first Sunday in August each year, commencing at 10am and running a full programme through to about 5pm. Since 2000 we have included in our programme events for competitors with special needs, and these have proved to be very popular.

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Come and join us for the very best in athletics on track and field. Why not start with the parade from the town High Street at 12.15 when the Pipe bands lead the parade of the Rose Queen and her attendants, along with the Games Chieftain, to the field. Then you can enjoy the atmosphere of Highland Dancing, Bagpipe Playing, Sports events, and of course the Heavy Field Athletes ‘throwing the hammer’ and ‘tossing the caber’.

There is plenty more with full catering and bar facilities, a wide variety of stalls and amusements. It all adds up to a great day out.