Inverkeithing Highland Games

The family friendly Highland Games

3rd August 2019 Ballast Bank: KY11 1DS

The games start with a procession from the Civic Centre, High St at 11.30am and closes at 5pm with the salute to the Chieftain by the massed pipebands, followed by a procession back to the High St.

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£7 / adult, £4 / child and concession, £18 / family (2adults + 2children)

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Inverkeithing Highland Games Event entry forms

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Dancing

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Heavyweight

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Highland Dancing

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Solo Piping

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Track

About the games

Something For Everyone!

Games of sorts have been a feature of life in Inverkeithing for many years, linked to the Royal Burgh’s Lammas Fair Celebrations, described in the Burgh records of 1652 as “…a great day for fun, frolic, fit races, ale and drunken folks, gentle and simple”!

sJust how far back the Games go in their present ‘Highland’ format is not known precisely, although we know that it was earlier than the Great War of 1914-18, with the location being the Kirkgate Park, Belleknowes. This site served as the home of the Games between the wars and in the post Second War period, interrupted only by hostilities (elsewhere!) until the weather took its toll, draining the Games finances over several years, finally bringing things to a halt in 1967.

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Two years later, in 1972, former Provost Jim Fraser had the privilege – as Games Chieftain – of welcoming a large gathering to the Ballast Bank, thereby restoring the Royal Burgh’s links with the Games tradition. Inverkeithing was back on the map.

Since then the Games have gone from strength to strength, the result of hard work and sensible stewardship by the Committee, wonderful local support, generous sponsorship… and a fair crack of the whip from ‘Him upstairs’so far as the weather is concerned! Nowadays it is commonplace to have crowds of between 4000 and 5000 on the Ballast Bank to enjoy a varied programme of track and field activities, heavyweight events, tug-o-war, pipe bands and highland dancing. Things may have changed, but those of us associated with the event firmly believe that it is still “… a great day for fun, frolic, fit races, ale and drunken folks, gentle and simple.”

Chairmans Message 

 On behalf of the Games Committee, I welcome you to this year’s Games. Whether you are a visitor, competitor or official. A varied and full programme of events has been put together for your enjoyment with competitors coming from near and far.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the Games and therefore I have handed the Chairman’s baton over to Jim MacDonald. Jim is no stranger to the games, having been a long serving committee member in various posts.

The Committee are in the final stages of appointing our Chieftain. This invitation is usually given to a long-standing supporter of the Games, be it a local business person or dignitary. My thanks are due to many people out with our Committee who contribute so much to the Games’ success. I wish to personally thank the members of our 200 Club, local businessmen who sponsor our events year after year and those who have agreed to sponsor today for the first time. Also, a very special thank you to all our loyal volunteers, who give up their free time to help with the preparations and clear up of the Games park.

May you take from here a memory of the diversity of our Games. From the ever-popular Highland Dancing, cycling, running, strenuous heavyweights, Tug of War, Pipe Bands and the extremely popular children’s events. Finally, I invite you to join our Chieftain and Jim in a great day of tradition, fun, sport and spectacle.

Haste ye Back