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Highland Games

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Saturday 1st August 2020

Saturday 1 August 2020

Dundonald Highland Games is one of Ayrshire’s premier cultural events. It is unique in capturing traditional Scottish heritage and strong community spirit within the picturesque setting of Royal Dundonald Castle.
Admission to the event is completely free and offers a whole range of entertainment and activities including a traditional highland games with pipe band contest, drum majors, solo piping, highland dancing, battle re-enactment, heavy events, side stalls, massed pipe bands display and street parades.
Dundonald Highland Games takes place on Saturday 1st August 2020 at Royal Dundonald Castle and starts with a Street Procession at 12 noon.
Dundonald Games Week takes place during the week leading up to the highland games and includes a treasure hunt, 10km road race, kids’ fun run, pet show and 7-a-side football competition.



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Dundonald Highland Games Schedule

Family Picnic on the Hill

Sunday 28th July, 11am - 2pm

Dundonald Castle

Bring your picnic or stock up on freshly made sandwiches and salads, children’s snack boxes and treats at our visitors centre, then settle on the hill with the family for an enjoyable afternoon. At 11am join Silly Gilly for fun family exercise to music to work up an appetite. Then, between 12:30 and 2pm children can take part in some medieval activities run by our education team. This is a free event but pleas book a ticket to help keep track of visitors!

Car Treasure Hunt

Monday 29th July, 7pm

Dundonald Activity Centre, Castle Drive

Make up a team of family and friends and explore and solve clues that will take you on a local adventure.
Register at Dundonald Primary School car park from 6pm.

Walking Treasure Hunt

Tuesday 30th July, 7pm to 9pm

Starts at Castle Visitor Centre

Solve the clues to follow the secret path through the village walking distance approx two miles. Register at Dundonald Castle and Visitors Centre at 7pm.
Free Entry

Pet Show

Wednesday 31st July, 7pm to 8.30pm
Dundonald Playing Fields

The Pet Show is on Wednesday 31 July at 7:00pm at the Playing Fields below Dundonald Castle (registration from 6pm). This event is kindly sponsored by Dundonald House.

There are various entry classes for all the local talent from the animal kingdom. Classes are as follows:
1. Best small furry animal
2. Best puppy (3 months-1 year)
3. Best Adult dog (2-6 years)
4. Best Veteran (7 years and older)
5. Best Rescue dog
6. Fancy dress

Rosettes 1st - 6th place
Best in Show - first in classes 1-6
All pets and owners receive a certificate of entry.

Entry is free and made at the event.

Kids fun run

Wednesday 31st July, 6pm to 7pm
Dundonald Playing Fields

The Kids’ Fun Run is on Wednesday 31 July 2019 from 6:15pm in the Playing Fields below Dundonald Castle (registration on field from 6pm). Primary 3 to secondary run out playing field and around Kilnford estate.

From Toddlers to Teens the Fun Run is open to kids of all ages. Categories are:

  • Primary 7 and Secondary (out of field)
  • Primary 5 and 6 (out of field)
  • Primary 3 and 4 (out of field)
  • Primary 1 and 2 (flat race in field)
  • Nursery (flat race in field)

Entry is free and registration made at the event.


Wednesday 31st July, 7pm to 9pm
Starts at Winehouse Yett, (Bowling Green) and finishes in Playing Field

Dundonald 10k is a well attended road race which is organised by Dundonald Games Society in association with Ayrshire Harriers.
Register at https://www.entrycentral.com/dundonald10Kroadrace

Dundonald Games Day

Saturday 3rd August, 12noon to 6pm

Starts with parade down Main Street to Playing Field then back up Main Street at 6pm

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COVID-19 Update - 5 May 2020

We have had a number of enquiries and at this moment in time we are planning to continue with Games Day on 1 August 2020, although we will always be guided by Government advice and in particular social distancing guidelines.

The current challenges are a moveable feast and we will keep you all updated as and when we can, please continue to check our social media for updates.

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Please continue to email your pictures and stories to ddcdundonald@gmail.com for our local residential home #tyUPDATE ON REQUIREMENT FOR LETTERS

It seems that Iockdown will be part of our lives for at least the next few weeks and more so for people in residential care. We are asking if more people can send letters etc via ourselves for the residents of both the Nursing Home and Sheltered Housing complex in Dundonald. You dont have to live in Dundonald to contribute. Any contribution will be appreciated.

The residents continue to enjoy a more pictorial contribution rather than long stories. Shorter stories that have pictures etc. at the end would be better?

Please keep them coming in. It really does makes a difference.
Send to dcsrhadundonald@gmail.com

Stuart and the Team

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We can't wait for this year's Dundonald Highland Games to showcase the World's first CHIEFTAINSHIPS.
All our Past Chieftains alongside this year's new Chieftain will compete in a Gladiators-style heavy events contest within the main arena.Who will be our CHIEFTAIN OF CHIEFTAINS?

Pipe Up For Key Workers! Join us at 8pm BST on Thursday 2nd April and play Scotland The Brave! Full details at our event https://t.co/XMoqt829hc

Here's a link to our latest community newsletter if you haven't already had a peek 🤗

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Event Location

Dundonald Playing Fields
Winehouse Yett