Braemar Gathering 1st September 2018. Click here for separate 2014 photo article
The Braemar Gathering always take place on the first Saturday in September in front of Her Majesty The Queen who is Chieftain of The Gathering. Highland games have a heritage going back over 1,000 years under the patronage of Scottish Kings and Clan Chiefs. There have been highland games at Braemar for 900 years since the reign of King Malcolm Canmore. The hill race organised by Malcolm Canmore in the 11th century is thought to be Braemars first ever event.
The world famous Braemar Gathering is the final event in the Grampian Highland Games qualifying event series which include The Aboyne Highland Games and The Lonach March and Highland Games
Large crowds gather to see the unforgettable spectacle of the massed pipe bands. Queen Victoria first attended the event in 1848 and Royal patronage remains to the present day.
Braemar Gathering events include strong men known as The Heavies who toss cabers and throw stones, weights and hammers, as well as highland dancing, piping, athletics, tug of war and a childrens sack race.
The games park is in the centre of Braemar and car parking is on the periphery of the village. Visitors coming from the direction of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth will have the opportunity of driving through the magnificent scenery of Glenshee above Braemar.
Drum Majors Lead the massed pipe bands at Braemar Gathering
The Queen Accepts Flowers, watched by Prince Charles (known in Scotland as The Duke of Rothesay)
Pipers at The Gathering
Royal Stand at the gathering. Honi soit qui mal y pense – evil on him who evil thinks.
Her Majesty The Queen arrives at The Gathering accompanied by Prince Charles & The Duke of Edinburgh
Heavy Braemar Gathering
The Drum Majors Challenge