Halkirk Games | Halkirk Highland Games, Scotland

Halkirk Highland Games, Scotland


The Halkirk Highland Games, a traditional and spectacular Scottish sporting event started in 1886, is held in Caithness in the North of Scotland, near to Thurso and the famous end of the road landmark of John O’Groats. It is always held on the last Saturday in July and attracts crowds of up to 4,000.

The Games is the premiere sporting event in the North of Scotland. The prize money of over £22,000 is amongst the best in Scotland and attracts the country’s best amateur and professional competitors. There are 3 Scottish Championship titles to be won on the day: 16lb Scots Hammer, 800m open cycle race & 1,600m junior cycle race.

Halkirk will be celebrating its 130th anniversary in 2016 and we are delighted to announce that the 2016 World Highland Games Invitational Heavy Events Championships will be held in Halkirk on Saturday 30th July 2016, alongside all our other normal events. The world’s top ten “Heavies” will be invited to battle it out for the Webster trophy. See our dedicated web page for details.

There are nearly 100 events packed into an afternoon and it is the Scottish version of a mini Olympic Games! There are normally dozens of competitors from all over the country and often some “Heavies” from abroad. The “Heavies” are the kilted strongmen who toss massive wooden cabers, throw scots hammers and weights and putt the shot. A sight not to be missed. There are pipers, Highland dancers, track and field athletes, cyclists, and clay pigeon shooters all competing for top prizes. Plus exciting children’s races. Spectators are kept informed of all the action by both our roving commentator and announcer.

Surrounding the arena are entertaining side-stalls, charity stalls, a thrilling fun fair, plus food and drink stalls/marquees. The Clan Gunn and Clan Sinclair hold their annual gatherings with hospitality marquees and local businesses have hospitality marquees for their families, friends & clients.

A traditional Scottish Pipe band provides spectacular musical entertainment throughout the afternoon and also during the evening in a street parade. There is also a grand marquee dance held on the night of the Games.

A warm friendly welcome awaits you at the Halkirk Games, which is always a great family day out

The Halkirk Highland Games Association is a member of the Scottish Highland Games Association