Special treat in store at Highland Games

Bute Highland Games president, David Anderson, welcomes competitors and spectators to the 2016 Games, flanked by Chieftain Ian Embelton.
Bute Highland Games president, David Anderson, welcomes competitors and spectators to the 2016 Games, flanked by Chieftain Ian Embelton.

The Bute Highland Games promises all the normal fun and excitement on Saturday, with the addition of a very special guest this year.

The event takes place at the public park, Rothesay, 10am- 5.30pm, with the usual events including the pipes and drums competition, heavy events, Highland Dancing, athletics, shinty, wrestling and the 10k road race. There will also be trade stands, a fun fair for the children, and a beer tent for the adults.

Dan Edgar from Bute Highland Games, said: “A fervent hope is that some of the amazing weather we have experienced in June and July will be available on Games’ day.

“The ‘family friendly games’ as we like to be known, have a very special guest this year for our worldwide audience. Donald Campbell’s Bluebird K2 will be on display in the public area of the arena.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up and close with an iconic piece of world history.”

Dan also spoke of his sadness at the tragic death of Alesha MacPhail on the island last month, which left “all of us at Bute Highland Games shocked and stunned”. He added: “The thoughts of us all at Bute Highland Games are very much with the MacPhail family as they deal with the darkest of times imaginable.”

Entry to the games is £10, with concessions for children.