Once again Scotland’s premier family-friendly Highland Gathering will feature its traditional finale with the news that Western Ferries will continue in its role as one of the event’s main sponsors.

This support which is part of Western Ferries’ long-standing and wide-reaching local sponsorship programme, is good news for the legions of Gathering goers of all ages who gather on Dunoon’s Coal Pier on Cowal Gathering Saturday night to enjoy the spectacular display.

Western Ferries has sponsored the fireworks display for many years and the Gathering’s organisers welcomed today’s announcement.

Speaking on behalf of the Cowal Gathering Board Fraser McCowan said: ‘We are very grateful to Western Ferries for their continued sponsorship of Cowal Gathering.

‘Western Ferries are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2023, and as well as being one of the area’s most respected businesses, they also support numerous local events, festivals and organisations throughout the area.

‘Of course, their support to Cowal Gathering goes well beyond sponsoring our firework finale. During the event, they lay on extra sailings between Hunter’s Quay and McInroy’s Point allowing competitors, spectators, exhibitors, and entertainers to get to and from the Gathering with minimal delay.

Western Ferries Managing Director Gordon Ross said, ‘This is a big year for Western Ferries as we celebrate our 50th birthday. And, of course, no party would be complete without the Cowal Gathering festivities at the end of August.

‘We have been delighted to be part of Cowal Gathering for a number of years and are once again looking forward to working alongside the Gathering team.

‘This is one of our favourite weekends in the calendar, giving us the opportunity to celebrate Highland culture, and showcase Dunoon and Cowal as a year-round tourism destination.

‘The Western Ferries’ fireworks finale is a fitting way to round off three days of world-class competition which is enjoyed by locals, visitors and competitors.’

This year’s Cowal Highland Gathering runs from Thursday 24 to Saturday 26 August.