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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

Family Ceilidh

Friday 2nd August, 7pm to 10pm
Marquee on Dundonald Playing Field

Dundonald Highland Games - Special 30th Anniversary Celebration!

The committee are delighted to announce a special celebratory event for our 30th Anniversary. A Family Ceilidh night is being planned for Friday 2nd August from 7pm – 10pm. The event will be held within the Hospitality Marquee sited on Dundonald Playing Field under the wonderful view of our Dundonald Royal Castle.

Tickets are £3 each on a first come basis. Tickets will be available from any committee member and from Totally Pampered from Friday 31st May (you can however request, via a committee member your name and required ticket numbers to go on waiting list anytime from now).

We are super excited to bring this wonderful event the night before Games Day to allow us all to celebrate together.

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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Merry Christmas from Dundonald Highland Games

We are very grateful for the support we receive throughout the year from our sponsors, patrons, competitors, officials and all the visitors who attend our Highland Games from all over the country and beyond!

We wish you a happy and healthy New Year, and look forward to seeing you on Saturday 1 August 2020.

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Event Location

Dundonald Playing Fields
Winehouse Yett