The Atholl Gathering takes place on the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May every year and is a unique Highland tradition that has persisted at Blair Castle for generations. The two day Atholl Gathering weekend consists of The Atholl Highlanders’ Parade on Saturday followed by the Highland Games on Sunday.
It was very hot indeed at Blair Castle this year and the whole day was a great success. The Atholl Highlanders officially opened the Highland Games with a “March On”, led by the skirl of their pipes and booming drums.
Following the March On, heavyweight strong men (and one lady) from around Scotland battled it out in the Highland Games, which included all the traditional events such as tossing the caber, putting the shot and throwing the hammer.
Loads of other stuff going on too, such as highland dancing events, tug o’ war, solo piping and food and drinks stands.