As the largest town in central Scotland, the lovely town of Stirling is situated at the mouth of the River Forth and is considered the gateway to the highlands. Its prime location makes it an excellent tourist base to use when discovering everything that Scotland has to offer. In itself, it has an extraordinarily rich history, having once been the capital of Scotland, it was home to Mary, Queen of Scots and King James VI. Visitors can still explore the ancient castles, monuments and sites of many historic battles. Guests to the area should consider touring Wallace Monument, Cambuskenneth Abbey and Stirling Castle.
The Stirling Highland Games is an annual event and will be hosted, this year, at the Stirling Sports Village. Alongside the river, the indoor complex, the Peak, boasts a brand new indoor pool as well as outdoor third generation football, rugby and hockey fields. The Sports Village development was created to envelope a community centre, attracting people of all skills levels, interests and age ranges, to gather to immerse themselves in a world of sport. The space encourages ongoing of community engagement and participation in health-based practices, increased socialization and a resultant sense of public support and overall well-being.
This year’s festivities offer the full programme of traditional Highland feats with contests in the areas of Cycling, traditional Highland dance, running, along with many other feats of strength and endurance. The traditional pipers will be performing on a regular schedule throughout the entirety of the games.
Stirling Highland Games is the key destination in Scotland and looks forward to welcoming more than 10,000 visitors to the city as participants and spectators of the games. This prime event begins on the 16th of August in 2014 and will incorporate a number of other entertaining components to the game’s attraction beyond the competitive events. The games will also offer a fine selection of local food and drink, being served to attendees throughout. Visitors can take advantage of local and traditional gifts and other goods at the local trade booths and much more. The day’s events will conclude with a lively musical performance sure to draw all together to enjoy an evening of celebration, meeting participants and other new friends to tempt you to returning to the Stirling Highland Games year after year.
There is good transport links to the Games with Stirling Train and Bus Station less than 2 miles away and if travelling by car you will find parking at the grounds coming from the A91 by-pass.
Plan to attend early to take advantage of hotel availability and to organise extracurricular tours around the surrounding areas of Scotland. There will be some exciting competitive events in 2014 including Running Events, Running Youth Events, Cycling Events, Light Field Events, Heavyweight Events, Tug-o-war Even, 8 man open contest and Highland Dancing Events.