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Royal Deeside :
The Braemar Gathering and Highland Games

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Each year the village of Braemar in Royal Deeside, Scotland invites people from all over the world 'to come over the hills' to attend the Braemar Gathering and Highland Games.

The Gathering is always held on the first Saturday in September

and it is perhaps the most famous and best Highland Games anywhere. It features the finest Pipe Bands, pipers, Highland dancers, and athletes in a beautiful setting surrounded by hills. The patron of the Gathering is Her Majesty the Queen.

The Braemar Gathering has been regularly attended by members of the Royal Family since Queen Victoria first attended in 1848. Indeed, King Malcolm Canmore held games nearby almost 1000 years ago so there is a long 'pedigree'.

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Queen Elizabeth at Braemar Gathering
The Royal Family and guests regularly attend the Braemar Gathering

On the Saturday of the Braemar Gathering the village echoes the sound competing pipe bands. The varying colours of numerous tartans are in evidence. In the arena athletes are taking part in a variety of track events and the arduous hill-run up Morrone, towering nearby. 'Heavy' athletes demonstrate their prowess in 'tossing the caber', 'putting the stone' and 'throwing the hammer'. The tug of war competition is always a great favourite. The expertise of the best Highland Dancers has to be seen to be believed.

Each year many thousands attend the Gathering so it is advisable to book tickets and accommodation early. Those visitors making a rare or 'one-off ' visit to the Gathering may find that their experience is heightened if they have a Grandstand ticket.

For more details and tickets see the official website for the Braemar Gathering

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