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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.

Unfortunately, this year we are not able to bring the usual Highland Games to you.

We want to be absolutely clear that there will be no mass events on the playing fields this year, and there will be no activities that involve mass gatherings.

But, Dundonald Highland Games 2020 will be going ahead this year as a series of small and virtual events. Everything that we do will be in accordance with the Government guidelines around social distancing so that we can keep our community safe and still have fun.



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Dundonald Highland Games Schedule

Car Treasure Hunt

Monday 27th July, 7pm Make up a team of family (from the same household) and explore and solve clues that will take you on a local adventure.  Questions will be posted on Facebook at 12 noon on 27th July and the event starts at Dundonald Primary School car park at 7pm. Social distancing guidelines must be observed at all times.  

Walking Treasure Hunt

Monday 27th July - Saturday 1st August at 12 noon Starts at Castle Visitor Centre Clues will be posted on Facebook on 27th July and you can then take part whenever you are free. The route is approximately 2 miles. Download the Walking Treasure Hunt Due to social distancing guidelines, please only enter as a same household group.  

Pet Show

Wednesday 29th July, 5.30pm This year's event will be a virtual pet show on Zoom and is kindly sponsored by Dundonald House who will provide prizes. Register by emailing info@dundonald-games.org.uk before 27th July stating what class(s) you are entering. You will then be sent a link to the Zoom Pet Show. This event is open to adults and children. Please be aware we are streaming live on Facebook. Classes:
  • Waggiest tail
  • Fancy Dress
  • Best trick

Children’s Art Competition

1st to 10th July Open to any children in nursery or Primary 1 - 7 who live in Dundonald or surrounding area. The theme is "Well Done Dundonald" and the picture should be a celebration of the things that make our village so special. The artwork should be photographed and sent to info@dundonald-games.org.uk including child's name and age.

Poetry Competition

1st July to 24th July Recite your own poem or a famous poem.  Open to all - all ages, children, adults. Record your entry and submit by 24th July to poetry@dundonald-games.org.uk.  Free entry. Prizes up to £100.

Window / Garden Competition

Wednesday 1st July to Friday 24th July Decorate a planter, window box or part of your garden with a Dundonald Games theme.  Register by email to info@dundonald-games.org.uk. Judging will take place from 27th July - please make sure your entry is visible from the pavement - and winners will be announced on 1st August.


Wednesday 1st July to 29th July Starts at Drybridge Road and finishes at Dundonald Castle. This year's race is a virtual race organised by Dundonald Games Society in association with Ayrshire Harriers. It is a solo race and can be run any time between 1st and 29th July. Register at https://www.entrycentral.com/dundonald10kvirtualroadrace  

Fancy Dress Competition

Saturday 1st August, 9am - 11am Age categories for this competition are:
  • 0-2 years
  • 3-4 years
  • 5, 6 and 7 years
  • 8 years and above
  • Groups

Dundonald Games Day

Saturday 1st August On Games Day we will bring you some pipe band music and village fun in other ways.  We would like you to celebrate in small permitted groups from your homes and gardens throughout the village and beyond. Why not throw a barbecue or a small garden party, join us online and we will bring Dundonald Highland Games 2020 to you. Different, but still together.

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Dundonald Castle & Visitor CentreLooking for somewhere new to explore this weekend? Or maybe Dundonald Castle is already one of your favourites!

We still have a few booking slots available for the weekend, head over to our website to book your space now 👇

There's lots to do during your visit, explore the castle's expansive history, take a stroll down to Old Auchans castle (chapter 2 of the castle's history) or go for a wander along the Smugglers Trail ⚔️

You can also pop into our Visitor Centre to refuel with some delicious coffee and cake ☕


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That's the bunting getting put away for another year. #DHG2020 was different but we hope you enjoyed our virtual events and our mini parade on Games Day. The committee will soon start planning for 2021 so if you have any suggestions of comments please let us know! Meanwhile the date for your diary is Saturday 7th August 2021. ...

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Dundonald #highlandgames 2020 different, but still together! #DHG2020 #staysafe #virtualgames

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

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Dundonald Playing Fields
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