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Aberdeen's Highland Games

Sunday 18 June 2017
10.00am - 5.30pm
Hazlehead Park, Hazlehead Avenue, Aberdeen AB15 8BJ aberdeenHG2010heavies

10 facts about Aberdeen's Highland Games

1. The date of the games always coincides with Father's Day making it a great day out for all the family and easy to remember!

2. Save 10% by buying your tickets before 31 May from Eventbrite. We're pleased to be able to keep prices the same as recent years. See prices below.    

3. Every year we vary the children's activities to offer a different experience every year. For 2017 the following activities are all included in the ticket price, (included in ticket price), we have a children's stage show 'Highland Fling' by Funbox segways, trampolines, climbing wall, come and try bikes, workshops with Aberdeen Science Centre, Aberdeen Festivals and how to build a boat.

4. Cheer on competitors in the traditional events such as tossing the caber, track and field events, plus we are the hosts of the 725kg Scottish TOW championship for Scottish Highland Games Association. Don't miss the fine displays of highland dancing too.

5. Enjoy the rousing sound of the pipes in both the solo piping competition and see the impressive gathering of all the pipe bands as they play and march around the arena. Don't forget your camera!

6. Browse the trade and charity stalls selling gifts, arts and crafts and clothing. Plus the Scottish Culture and Traditions musicians and the birds of prey have been popular attractions in recent years.

7. A range of food and drink from catering units will be available to purchase. Fingers crossed the sun will shine so you have the perfect excuse to treat yourself to an ice cream. And for the over 18's there's a beer tent.

8. Dogs are welcome but please keep them on a short lead at all times. Bring along their bowl as owners are welcome to use the water tap available on site for their four legged friends.

9. There's ample FREE car parking. A local charity provides the car park stewards who will have collecting buckets if you can spare some small change.

10. The Number 11 bus orange line operated by First (see 11 route and timetable) and the X17 bus (see X17 route and timetable) operated by Stagecoach, both pass near Hazlehead Park.

Ticket prices

Early Bird tickets have now finished but look out for 10% discount codes in our Press and Journal adverts, on City Events Facebook page and Twitter
Buy your Highland Games tickets

 Ticket type

10% off with discount codes

On the day 10am-12noon

On the day after 12 noon 





Child 6 years old +




Child 0-5 years old




Family (2 adults & up to 3 children)





Taking part in events at the games

  • The Aberdeen Highland Games are an integral part of the Grampian Games circuit and are delivered under the auspices of the Scottish Highland Games Association.
  • Entries to the Heavy Events, Track & Field and Tug-o-war Competitions
    are made via the Scottish Highland Games Association. Visit their website for full details and registration form.
  • Dancing Entry Form 2017 - complete and return in advance or on the day
  • Piping Entry Form 2017 - complete and return in advance or on the day


Competitors' ProgrammeHighland Games Competitors Programme cover

Our Highland Games Competitors' Programme 2017 contains essential details for competitors including:

  • solo piping, pipe band and drum major competition timetables
  • highland dancing competition timetables
  • heavy, light and athletic events competition timetables
  • rules and regulations
  • map of the games field  


P&J Supplement Supplement front cover

The 4 page P&J Supplement with list of activities and event times contains:

  • Articles and photos on some of the main attractions - children's stage show 'Highland Fling' by Funbox, Medieval Realm and Aberdeen Festivals tent.
  • timetable of events
  • map of the games field


  • If you are planning on staying in Aberdeen whilst the Games take place, please visit the City and Shire Hotel Association where you will be able to locate accommodation to meet your requirements.

Get in touch

Should you require any further information please contact:

  • Daniel Parrott, Events Officer, Aberdeen City Council, 1st Floor, Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen AB10 1AQ
  • Tel: 01224 523842
  • Email: