Bute councillor and Argyll and Bute provost Len Scoullar will be the honorary chieftain of this year’s Cowal Highland Gathering in Dunoon.
Councillor Scoullar, the ceremonial head of the authority, will accept the salute from the massed bands as well as present the trophies in the prestigious Highland Dancing and Pipe Band competitions.
Despite serving on the council for 15 years – and holding many senior positions in the authority before becoming Provost last year - Councillor Scoullar, who represents the Isle of Bute, said he considers his nomination as CHG chieftain to be one of the highest points of his political career.
“The Gathering is a wonderful event, and one which means so much not just to Dunoon and the surrounding area but to Argyll and Bute as a whole,” he said.
“This area is very fortunate to host the world’s most spectacular highland games event, and I’m extremely honoured to be asked to be Chieftain this year.
“The sight and sound of the massed bands during the Gathering’s finale sends shivers up the spine of everyone who witnesses it, and I imagine that will be multiplied several times over when it’s me who they’re marching past!
“A glance at the list of previous Chieftains shows what illustrious company I’ll be joining, and the Gathering weekend will certainly be one of the most exciting and enjoyable roles I’ve had in the 15 years I’ve been a councillor.
“Having lived on the Isle of Bute for many years, Cowal is an area close to my heart. The Gathering is a wonderful opportunity to showcase what it has to offer to visitors not just from the rest of Argyll and Bute and Scotland more widely, but from all corners of the world.
“I fully expect them to be spellbound by the entertainment it provides. I know I will be.”
Gathering chair Ronnie Cairns said he was delighted to have Councillor Scoullar as this year’s chieftain.
“The role of Provost in any Scottish local authority is invariably held by one of its most universally respected politicians, and Argyll and Bute is no exception,” he added.
“A retired businessman, Councillor Scoullar has spent the last 15 years working tirelessly to raise the profile of this area both nationally and internationally and has acted throughout his political career with honesty and integrity.
“He’s a worthy chieftain, and we very much look forward to welcoming him to Dunoon for what is shaping up to be a fantastic event.”
This year’s Cowal Highland Gathering – which takes place in association with charity partner Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) – runs from Thursday 28 to Saturday 30 August.