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.

 

The Dinnie Stones

 

The Dinnie Stones

The Dinnie Stones are located outside the Potarch Hotel between Aboyne & Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.     Together they weigh approximately 8 cwt.

Legendary, world famous Scottish strongman Donald Dinnie was born at Birse by Aboyne in 1837, the son of a stonemason.     Donald Dinnie was the worlds first sporting superstar and achieved international fame from his exploits in America, Canada and Australia.
Potarch hotel is currently closed and scheduled for redevolopment. The Dinnie Stones could be stored elsewhere

The Dinnie stones are 2 giant rocks.  In the 1830’s huge iron rings were attached to the stones so that they could act as counterweights; for scaffolding; during the pointing of Potarch Bridge.

Ordinary folk would struggle to lift even the smallest Dinnie Stone.  Donald Dinnie carried them both across the width of Potarch Bridge, and back  – a distance of 4-5 yards.

Several people have successfully lifted both Dinnie Stones, but walking with them is completely different !

The photo shows both Dinnie Stones being lifted by Aboyne strongman and Highland Games Heavies participant Tommy Fyvie. 
Potarch Bridge spans the beautiful River Dee, on Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

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Tommy Fyvie takes the strain and the pain as he lifts both Dinnie Stones.

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Mark Felix attempts to lift both Dinnie Stones and walk with them

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)

 

 

Braemar Gathering

 

Braemar Gathering

Braemar Gathering takes place on the first Saturday in September. The Gathering is held at  at The Princess Royal & Duke of  Fife Memorial Park in the centre of Braemar.   The patron of The Games is Her Majesty The Queen whose Scottish residence is nearby Balmoral Castle.   Events start at 9.30 a.m.

The photo shows The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh; arriving in their Bentley; at Braemar Gathering. The Royal couple are accompanied by Prince Charles.

Parking facilities are on the fields on the edge of the village. The grassy banks of The Memorial Park form a great natural vantage point.  You can also buy grandstand tickets in advance (recommended).

You are advised to arrive early to avoid traffic congestion.     If you are coming over Glenshee watch out for red deer.   The best chance of spotting red deer in summer is in the evenings.   Remember if one runs across the road it’s likely to be immediately followed by several others.

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The Queen arrives at Braemar Gathering & Highland GamesScotland, accompanied by Prince Charles & The Duke of Edinburgh (Bill Bagshaw www.dsider.co.uk)

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Photography by  Bill Bagshaw Photography Courses / Tips

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Banchory Show

 

Banchory Show

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Banchory Show events include horse events for Hunters, Ponies & Clydesdales, plus of course cattle and sheep events.

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Banchory show is an annual event and family fun day. Uniquely Banchory show is held right in the town centre handy for all the shops. The show includes trade stands, highland dancing, a pipe band, a tug o war and a livestock parade.

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 (Martin Williams)

Echt Show

 

Echt Show celebrated its 160th Anniversary on July 13th 2013

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The show always has a great turnout., and has a featured main display event.

There are livestock shows, a funfair, horseshoe making demonstration,  parades, clydesdale horses, vintage tractors, highland dancing and much more.

Kintore pipe band piped in the 2013 160th anniversary event.  See an Antique thrashing machine made in Aberdeen on the  slideshow page.

Echt Show. 2013 was the 160th anniversary of The Echt Show. Lady blacksmith making horse shoes at Echt show. copyright Bill Bagshaw photography www.dsider.co.uk online magazine, photo courses (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, dsider.co.uk)