IN Pictures: Gourock Highland Games

13 May, 2024 | Latest Photos, Local

THOUSANDS of people had fun in the sun at the 2024 Gourock Highland Games.

The 66th instalment of the popular free event, which traditionally start the Highland Games and piping season in Scotland, took place at Battery Park on Sunday with an estimated 10,000 visitors in attendance.

The huge crowds were treated to first-class piping, Highland dancing and ‘heavy’ events, such as the caber and hammer throw. For the first time, there was also a ladies’ ‘heavies’ competition.

The packed programme of events and activities also saw local schoolchildren compete in a mini-Highland games contest organised by the active schools service.

Eleven primaries were represented with King’s Oak crowned the winners followed by Moorfoot Primary as the runners-up and Ardgowan Primary in third place.

Visitors to the park were also treated to an array of stalls, stands, a funfair and food and drink outlets.

Football legend John McMaster, who famously won the European Cup Winners’ Cup with Aberdeen and also represented hometown club Morton as a player and assistant manager, was chieftain of the games.

John said: “It was an honour to be chieftain of the 66th Gourock Highland Games and such a spectacle to see Battery Park packed with visitors and so many talented competitors throughout the day.

“Congratulations to all the competitors and the winners and well done to everyone involved in delivering such a successful event that really does showcase Inverclyde at its very best.”

Other activities during the day included popular Bookbug sessions for babies, toddlers, nursery children, and families delivered by Inverclyde Council’s libraries service, plus a climbing wall, bungee trampolines, a sports hub and vintage fire engine.

Provost Drew McKenzie said: “The Gourock Games are one of the highlights of not just the Inverclyde events calendar but in the Scottish diary and it was a privilege to be part of them once again.

“It’s always a bonus when the weather is favourable and, for the most part, it was a lovely warm and sunny day for people to discover what Inverclyde has to offer.”

The games are organised in partnership with the Royal Scottish Highland Games Association (RSHGA), the Royal Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (RSOBD) and Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) who oversee the piping and dancing competitions.

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