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Highland Games

Fun & games for all ages


Dundonald Ayrshire KA29HD


Saturday 6th August 2022

Saturday 6 August 2022

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 Games is completely free and offers a whole range of entertainment and activities.

The festivities begin at 11.30am with the Children’s Fancy Dress competition at the Montgomerie Hall followed by the Street Procession through the centre of the village to the Playing Fields. At 12.30pm, during the Opening Ceremony watch the coronation of the Games Queen and the Chieftain’s Address.

Throughout the day the Piping Arena is home to the RSPBA Pipe Band and Drum Major contests where highly skilled local, regional and international bands compete from Grades 1 to 4. Elsewhere, the Solo Piping and RSOBHD Highland Dancing stages will showcase some of the finest Scottish and global talent. The Events Arena will provide a range of alternative entertainment including our burly Scots competing at the Heavy Events. Royal Dundonald Castle and the Visitor Centre is open all day and the castle will also provide a magnificent background for the Solo Lament during the Prize Giving and Closing Ceremony.

Visit the Stalls & Craft Fayre where you will find a fantastic blend of commercial stalls and local clubs and organisations from throughout the village.

Later on why not enter our popular Open Events competition which is free for members of the public to join in a variety of fun games and activities. Then watch the locals battle it out during the Tug-o-war and marvel in awe as the Massed Pipe Bands Parade marches through the village from the War Memorial.

Finally, round the day off by following a well-respected local tradition and drink a toast to the Chieftain in the local pub and continue the festivities in good company.

We hope you enjoy our Highland Games and all the events and activities held during Dundonald Games Week.

Haste ye back!



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Dundonald Highland Games Schedule

Scarecrow Competition

Get creative and build a scarecrow in your garden! Pre-entry is required by Monday 1st August. You can enter here… https://forms.gle/ncFdm4DJMXFyTeRU9
Your scarecrow should be given a name and be in position and visible from the road on Thursday 4 August when judging will take place.

Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day 1-3pm
Dundonald Castle
This year to kick off Games Week, Friends of Dundonald Castle will be hosting a fun and interactive event for all our young history enthusiasts! Come along to this free event and take part in a variety of experiences, including dress-up, mini jousting, medieval medicine-making, Roman & Medieval artefact handling, short castle tours, and more! There’s also plenty of space for a family picnic and you can top these up with a great food and drink selection in the visitor centre.
No tickets needed, just pop along on the day!

Car Treasure Hunt

Monday 1st August, 7pm
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 2nd August, 7pm - 9pm
Starts at Castle Visitors Centre - On foot around Village
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 3rd August, 7pm - 8.30pm Dundonald Playing Field
Sponsored by Dundonald House Care Home
The Pet Show is on Wednesday 3 August at 7:00pm at the Playing Fields below Dundonald Castle (registration from 6:30pm). There are various entry classes for all the local talent from the animal kingdom. Classes are as follows:
  • Best small furry animal
  • Best puppy (3 months-1 year)
  • Best Adult dog (2-6 years)
  • Best Veteran (7 years and older)
  • Best Rescue dog
  • Fancy dress
Rosettes 1st - 6th place
Best in Show - first in classes 1-6
All pets and owners receive a certificate of entry.
Entry: Entry is free and made at the event.


Wednesday 3rd August 7.30pm - 9.00pm
Registration from 6.30pm at Dundonald Activity Centre
Starts at Drybridge Road, Dundonald, and finishes at Dundonald Castle.
Dundonald 10k is a well attended road race which is organised by Dundonald Games Society in association with Ayrshire Harriers.
Pre-entry only via Entry Central

Kids Fun Run

Wednesday 3rd August, 6pm - 7pm The Kids’ Fun Run is on Wednesday 3 August 2022 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.

Adult Football Competition

Thursday 4th August 6:30-9pm
7 a-side Football Tournament - Dundonald Playing Field, Winehouse Yett, Dundonald, KA2 9HD
This 7 a-side football tournament is open to everyone over 16 years of age. Entry £10/team, Prize £100.
All Teams must pre-register here: https://forms.gle/GfpmWsmhT7HrA33N9

Fancy Dress Competition

Saturday 6th August
Fancy dress competition takes place on Saturday morning at the Montgomerie Hall, Main Street.
Age categories for this competition are:
  • 0-2 years
  • 3-4 years
  • 5, 6 and 7 years
  • 8 years and above
  • Groups
Free entry on the day.

Dundonald Games Day

Saturday 6th August Starts with parade down Main Street to Playing Field then back up Main Street  
  • RSPBA Pipeband competition Entry Form
  • RSOBHD Highland Dancing competition
  • Stalls
  • Events
  • And so much more….

Event Sponsors


Delighted to welcome back the award winning Troon Blackrock Pipeband to our Pipe Band arena on Saturday 6 August 🎶🎶🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿The band had a very successful day at the Annan Riding of the Marches contest on the 2nd of July. We were placed 1st in the Grade 4 March contest and also won the drumming prize, we were placed 2nd in the Grade 4 MSR contest and placed 4th in the Grade 3 contest. This was also the RSPBA Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway Branch Championships so we also won the Branch Championship Grade 4 prizes for band, drum corps and marching and deportment. Our Juvenile Drum Major, Becky Cox, won the Juvenile Drum Major contest and took the Branch Championship prize for Juvenile Drum Majors. After a very busy period over the last 5 weeks we now have a well earned couple of weekends off before resuming our contest season at the inaugural Renfrew Pipe Band contest on the 23rd of July. ... See MoreSee Less
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Today our chieftain was presenting prizes to the primary school art competition winners . The winners will be on display in the Castle Visitor Centre and published in our programme. Well done to everyone who took part and especially the winners 👏👏👏 ... See MoreSee Less
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Event Location

Dundonald Playing Fields
Winehouse Yett