150th Ballater Highland Games

 

150th Ballater Highland Games massed Pipe Bands parade

150th Ballater Highland Games 14th August 2014.  Massed Pipe Bands parade down Ballater High Street.

Ballaters Pipe Bands Drum Major signals a turn as massed pipe bands march into Monaltrie Park.                                                                                                                     #BallaterGames2014 (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Drum Major passes Ballater Church as massed pipe bands parade down Ballater High Street on the occasion of the 150th Ballater Games in 2014

Drum major at 150th Ballater Highland Games in 2014. Massed pipe bands parade past Ballater Church (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Massed pipe band passes Ballater Station                       #Ballater   #BallaterStation  #BallaterHighlandGames

Massed pipe Bands parade past Ballater Station on the 150th Ballater Highland Games in 2014 (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)#dsider

What's on Royal Deeside

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Aboyne Highland Games 2014

 

Aboyne Highland Games 2014

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Photos by  Bill Bagshaw

 The Marquis of Huntly opens #Aboyne Games         #HighlandGamesThe Marquis of Huntly opens Aboyne Games (Bill Bagshaw/M. Williams/Bill Bagshaw, www.dsider.co.uk) Tossing The #Caber  (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT) Veteran commentator Robbie Shepherd at Aboyne Highland Games Veteran commentator Robbie Sheperd at Aboyne Games (Bill Bagshaw/M. Williams/Bill Bagshaw, www.dsider.co.uk)

A finishing jump to Putting The Stone                                                                                                         #ScottishGames

Putting the stone Aboyne Highland Games (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Bydand.  Bydand  is part of the Gordon Crest.   #Bydand literally means “steadfast;” or “staying here;” as in the Scottish word “bide”.  Another meaning is to “stand and fight”. Bydand Aboyne Games (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Drum Major                                                                #HighlandGamesPhotos Drum Major Bill Barclay Aboyne Highland Games (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

Weight for distance

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Drum Majors at Aboyne Scottish Games               #ScottishGames

Drum majors at Aboyne Scottish Games (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)
What's on Royal Deeside

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Mark Felix lifts Dinnie Stones at Aboyne Games

 

Mark Felix Lifts Dinnie Stones

Mark Felix lifts Dinnie Stones at Aboyne Highland Games.
One of the worlds strongest men took The Dinnie Stanes challenge at Aboyne Highland Games 2014.
Mark Felix one of the worlds strongest men lifts The Dinnie Stanes ( Dinnie Stones ) at Aboyne Highland Games on Royal Deeside (Bill Bagshaw/M. Williams)

Mark Felix; one  of the worlds strongest men; lifts The Dinnie Stanes ( Dinnie Stones ) at Aboyne Highland Games on Royal Deeside.

Mark was challenged to repeat the legendary feat of Aboyne strongman Donald Dinne.   Dinnie carried the stones over the width of Potarch Bridge.

A replica of Potarch Bridge was set up in the games arena.  Mark successfully lifted and carried the stones; but was unable to carry them the full distance without putting them down several times.

Mark Felix takes a break on his attempt to carry The Dinnie Stones. Mark Felix undertakes The Dinnie Stanes challenge at Aboyne Highland Games. Mark sucessfully lifted and carried the Dinnie Stones in stages, but was unable to match Donald Dinnie "s feat of carrying them in one lift. (Bill Bagshaw, www.dsider.co.uk)

 Donald Dinnie was born in 1837, at Birse Aboyne.

Highland Games Heavy Events

 

Swirling kilts as The Heavies put the stone at The Aboyne Highland Games,Royal Deeside,Scotland. dSider online magazine www.dsider.co.uk Photography by Bill Bagshaw photography courses (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, dsider.co.uk)Braemar Gathering Heavy (Bill Bagshaw www.dsider.co.uk)Weight for distance event at Aboyne Highland Games, Royal Deeside,Scotland dsider www.dsider.co.uk online magazine, Bill Bagshaw photography courses (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, dsider.co.uk)dsider.co.uk online magazine, photo courses (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, dsider.co.uk)

Highland Games Heavy Events.

Highland Games Heavy Events are a fore runner of the modern Olympic Games.

Donald Dinnie from Birse, Aboyne was the worlds first sporting superstar due to his Highland Games exploits.

This is a collection of  highland games heavy event photos from Aboyne Highland Games, Ballater Highland Games and  Braemar Gathering. Photography by Bill Bagshaw photography

Highland Games Heavy events include tossing the caber, weight for distance, hammer throwing, putting the stone or ball,  and weight over the bar.

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Putting the stone or ball.     This is where the Olympic event of putting the shot  came from.

Weight for distance. – The competitor  spins around to throw a heavy weight on the end of a  chain. One hand is used to throw the weight and the other arm is used for rotational balance.  The competitor  throws the weight as far as he can.

Throwing the hammer. The hammer is spun around the head several times using both hands and then released. The competitors have long spikes attached to the front of their boots to anchor them to the ground.

Weight over the bar (for height) A weight is thrown upwards over a bar; which is raised up,  to assess the highest height achievable.

Tossing the caber. Competitors balance a long wooden pole on one end then run with it until they are going fast enough to tip it over  end over end.  The caber is thrown for accuracy and not for distance.

Lonach Games & March

 

Lonach March & Games

Lonach is by reputation Scotlands friendliest Highland Games. Lonach Gathering and March always takes place on the fourth Saturday in August at Bellabeg Park, Strathdon.

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Lonach banners fly on a beautiful misty Scottish morning. The Gathering comprises of Lonach March followed by Lonach Highland Games.

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The fine tradition of The  Gathering and March has been passed on from generation to generation.   This Gathering is hard to beat for sheer spectacle and is always well attended.  The  Gathering patron is Sir James Forbes whose ancestors founded the Lonach Friendly Society.   Sir James is shown in the slideshow donning his feathered cap to commence The March.

The March is headed by Lonach Pipe Band, followed by Clansmen who carry pikes. Everyone calls in for a dram of Scottish whisky at various patrons during the march.   The marchers call in for a Scotch at the houses of several patrons.

The procession is always traditionally followed by a horse and cart ready to carry anything needed during The Lonach March.  A replacement carthorse was used in 2013 as Rosa the normal horse was injured.   After some initial spooking; at being part of a public event; Wull the new carthorse soon settled into his role.