It’s the biggest day in the Bute year on Saturday: but will you need your sun cream or your waterproofs for the Bute Highland Games?
Answer: well, we’ve been keeping a close eye on the long-range, and then medium-range, forecast for Games day, and every time we look, and no matter which source we use, the predictions are never the same twice. [Ed: translated, that means ‘if we get it wrong don’t blame us!’]
However, as of Friday afternoon the Met Office website is predicting a largely dry day (hooray!), with the chance of rain at no more than between five and ten per cent.
That being said, spells of sunshine may also be fairly infrequent, with cloud cover expected to be the dominant feature for most of the day.
Temperatures are expected to be between 15 and 17 degrees Centigrade throughout the day, and with southerly winds of 10-15 miles an hour, you shouldn’t have to wrap up too warm if you’re heading along to the event.
The Games will be officially opened at 12 noon (though the action starts with the junior athletics and local Highland dancing at 10am), and the day will end in traditional fashion, with the massed pipe bands saluting this year’s chieftain, Bute councillor and Argyll and Bute provost Len Scoullar, before marching in sequence from the Games venue at the Public Park back to the centre of the town at around 6pm.
* To whet your appetite, above is a small selection of pictures from the Bute Games of 2014: keep an eye on this site over the next few days so you won’t miss any of our coverage of this year’s event!