Fans on song for this year’s Cowal Gathering’s musical offering

Traditional Scottish music lovers will be flocking to this year’s Cowal Gathering to enjoy some of the most exciting acts currently on the circuit.

Saturday’s legendary Live Music Tent is back for 2024 and promises to once again be one of the Gathering’s main attractions. This year’s line-up includes some old friends as well as new faces and is headlined by last year’s Gig at the Gathering headliners, Beinn Lee.

Beinn Lee are no strangers to Cowal Gathering and never fail to bring the ceilidh to the crowd. The six-piece band are from Uist in the Outer Hebrides and the feeling of the west coast runs through their music.

Supporting Beinn Lee are three other fantastic bands, The Inverhooley Ceilidh Band, Ceòl An Aire and Abigail Pryde.

The afternoon kicks off with our resident Ceilidh band The Inverhooley Ceilidh Band who are making the move to the Live Music Tent this year because they need a bigger dance floor!

Ceòl An Aire are a five-piece band from Oban who are no strangers to the festival scene. As well as playing this year’s Gathering, they are also appearing at the Tiree Music Festival and the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in Oban.

Local lass Abigail Pryde returns to Cowal Gathering this year. Abigail has played the Live Music Tent many times with band Heron Valley, but this year she will be performing with her Abigail Pryde band.

Speaking on behalf of the Cowal Gathering Board Fraser McCowan said he was excited at the wealth of talent on show at this year’s event saying: ‘Music is an essential part of Cowal Gathering and this year’s live music offerings are not to be missed.

‘Remember entry to the Live Music Tent to hear these four outstanding bands, as well as all the other entertainment on the Top Field, is free with your entry ticket.’

This year’s Cowal Gathering runs from Thursday 29– Saturday 31 August.

For information or to book tickets, please visit the Cowal Gathering website at www.cowalgathering.com or contact the event office by emailing info@cowalgathering.com or phoning 01369 703206.


Cowal Gathering welcomes back former Chieftain to celebrate 130th anniversary

One of Scotland’s highest profile actors has been announced as Cowal Gathering’s Honorary Chieftain for 2024.

Greenock-born Martin Compston – who became a household name for his role as DI Steve Arnott in the television show Line of Duty – will oversee this year’s 130th anniversary celebrations.

Martin is no stranger to Cowal Gathering, having been a regular visitor to the event with his family when he was a youngster. He returned to Dunoon Stadium again in 2015, this time to join the ranks of Cowal Gathering’s Honorary Chieftains.

As well as visiting the Live Music Tent, touring the Top Field entertainment and meeting Gathering visitors, Martin will also accept the salute from the massed bands and present the trophies to this year’s World Highland Dancing champions, and the winners of the Cowal Pipe Band Championship, the world’s oldest pipe band championship.

Martin said: ‘I was delighted to have been asked to be Cowal Gathering’s Chieftain in 2015, so you can imagine how honoured I am to be returning across the Clyde again this year as the 2024 Chieftain.

To be invited to take on this role is an absolute privilege, but as this year is the 130th anniversary of Cowal Gathering, it is even more special.

I’m looking forward once again to watching the pipe band, highland dancing and heavy athletics competitions, as well as meeting the thousands of people who will be enjoying one of Scotland’s best days out. I have fond memories of getting the ferry across with my family as a kid to head to the Stadium, and I can’t wait to soak up the atmosphere of this very special event.’

Speaking on behalf of the Cowal Gathering Board Fraser McCowan said he was ‘looking forward’ to welcome Martin back to Dunoon.

‘This is a big year for Cowal Gathering as we celebrate our 130th anniversary and we were thrilled when Martin accepted our invitation.

‘Martin was a fantastic Chieftain in 2015, and he left an indelible mark on the event. Since then, his star has continued to rise, and we have watched his career go from strength to strength. Despite the countless awards he’s won for his work, travelling around the world and living the dream of a successful actor, he has retained his love of his home town and, we’re delighted to say, for Cowal Gathering.

‘We are very much looking forward to what is going to be a Cowal Gathering to remember.’

Crowds have gathered together to celebrate Cowal Gathering since 1894. The 130th Gathering runs from Thursday 29 to Saturday 31 August in Dunoon Stadium.

For more information about the event or to buy tickets, please visit the Gathering’s website at www.cowalgathering.com or contact the event office by emailing info@cowalgathering.com or phoning 01369 703206.

NOTES TO EDITORS

 

Martin Compston is a multi award winning, Scottish actor with almost twenty years in Film and Television. He is well known for his lead role as DS Steve Arnott in Jed Mecurrio's LINE OF DUTY, the best performing returning television drama on UK television. Martin can most recently be seen in THE RIG for Amazon, MAYFLIES for the BBC as well as just finishing filming FEAR for Amazon TV

In Television, Martin is known for his leading roles in IN PLAIN SIGHT for ITV, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actor. He is also known more recently for his leading roles in TRACES for ITV and VIGIL and THE NEST for the BBC. He has featured as guest leads in many other highly successful British drama's, including ITV's, VICTORIA and the BBC's, RIPPER STREET.

Martin won a BAFTA Award for Best Actor In A Feature Film as well as a BIFA Award the Most Promising Newcomer, along with multiple other nominations, for his leading role in Ken Loach's, SWEET SIXTEEN at the beginning of his career in 2002. Since his breakout, he has worked consistently on screen. His performance in A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS lead to him receiving the Best Actor Award (Shared with Shia LaBeouf & Channing Tatum) at the Gijon Film Festival, 2006 and Winner of Best Ensemble Performance, Sundance Film Festival, 2006. His portrayal of Paul in Craig Viveiros', GHOSTED won him the Best Actor Award at the Torino Film Festival in 201. Other notable credits in Film include, FILTH, THE WEE MAN, TRUE NORTH, SOUL BOY, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED, Andrea Arnold's RED ROAD (Nominated for the Best Performance In A Supporting Role Award, British Independent Film Awards) and MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS to name a few.


Torridon to headline Gig at the Gathering

Cowal Gathering organisers have announced that Torridon will headline this year’s flagship Friday night Gig at the Gathering (GATG).

Known as Highland folk rockers, Torridon made their Cowal debut in the Live Music Tent in 2023 and instantly became Gathering favourites.

This year’s GATG is the eighth since it burst onto the scene in 2015. Now regarded as the best way to start the Cowal Gathering weekend, the GATG is renowned for bringing the party, and this year is no exception, as not only is the Gathering celebrating its 130th year but Torridon is also marking their 20th year anniversary.

Joining Torridon on stage are The Laurettes, an all female band who have been ‘giving it laldy since 2010’.  No strangers to the festival scene, they have recently played alongside Skerryvore and Trail West, and while this is the first The Laurettes have played at Cowal Gathering, their Indie Folk Fusion with Celtic Rock is sure to have the GATG tent rocking.

The third band is crowd favourite Reely Jiggered. No strangers to playing at Cowal, this is their debut at the GATG. The band’s festival experience stretches from Scotland’s shores all the way to India, Pakistan, Japan and Mexico.

Speaking on behalf of the Board of Cowal Gathering Fraser McCowan said: ‘We are always excited to announce the GATG bands, but this year, in our 130th year we are especially thrilled at this year’s line up.

‘The GATG is always a great night out, and its appeal crosses generations with something for music lovers of all ages.’

Tickets for the Gig - which will take place on Friday, August 30 in the Gathering’s Live Music Tent go on sale on Monday 4th March for £28.00 on the Cowal Gathering website at www.cowalgathering.com

 The gates will open at 6.30pm with the first band due to kick off half an hour later.  The event will finish at 11.00pm.


Cowal Gathering early bird tickets on sale soon

Tickets for this year’s Cowal Gathering go on sale at midday (UK time), on Monday 19th February, with a special ‘early bird’ Saturday ticket on sale until Monday 4th March.

This year’s ‘early bird’ ticket which will only be available for these two weeks, will see Saturday adult admission tickets available for just £17.50. After which they will return to the 2023 rate of £20.00 for an advance ticket, and £25.00 on the day.

But that’s not all, for the first time Cowal Gathering is offering a special discounted joint ticket for the much-anticipated Friday night Gig at the Gathering, together with a Saturday adult admission ticket for just £45.00. This joint ticket will be launched on Monday 4th March with the announcement of this year’s Gig line-up.

Announcing this year’s ticket release Cowal Gathering Event Manager Laura Toremar said: ‘It may be the end of January, but the last weekend in August is never too far from our thoughts.

‘This year we’re celebrating our 130th anniversary and we wanted to offer as many people as possible the opportunity of getting an admission ticket at a fantastic price. When you buy your adult admission ticket between 19th February and 4th March, you will automatically get an early bird ticket, at the lowest price since before the pandemic.’

Speaking on behalf of the Cowal Gathering Board Fraser McCowan added ‘Last year’s Gathering was phenomenal, and we’re excited to be talking about launching tickets so early in 2024. We hope everyone who joined us in 2023 is getting ready to travel to Dunoon to be a part of one of Scotland’s best family-friendly days out.’

This year’s Cowal Highland Gathering runs from Thursday 29 to Saturday 31 August.


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Crowds flock to finale of 2023 Cowal Gathering

Billed as one of Scotland’s best days out the finale of the 2023 Cowal Gathering lived up to its reputation.

Thousands of people from across the world gathered in Dunoon today for the final day of the world’s most spectacular Highland Gathering with competitors, entertainers and spectators joining forces to make sure super Saturday was a day to remember.

Crowds watched as over a thousand competitors fought to secure some Cowal silverware. Dancers, pipers, heavy athletes and wrestlers were joined by entertainers including cyclists, axe throwers and musicians to ensure the Gathering’s crowds were wowed from early morning until the end of the day.

The standard of competition was world class, with every athlete and competitor giving their all to leave the Stadium as a Cowal Gathering winner.

Overseeing the action was the Gathering’s Chieftain, former Sky chairman and Cowal resident Nick Ferguson CBE.

One of the highlights of the Gathering’s final day was, as always, the Cowal Pipe Band Championship.

Section and grade winners in the Cowal Pipe Band champions were:

Novice Juvenile B – Renfrewshire Schools
Novice Juvenile A – Kilbarchan Pipe Band
Grade 3 – Coalburn IOR
Grade 3 MSR – Coalburn IOR
Grade 2 – Coalburn IOR

The champion drum major was Campbell Gillies of Rothesay and District Pipe Band.

Today also saw the Argyllshire Highland Dancing competitions (for dancers who live in Argyll and Bute), with top honours in the 7 and under 12 years Premier category going to Naomi Sim from Helensburgh and the 12 and 13 years Intermediate category awarded to Taylor McMillan from Campbeltown.

Top prize in the 14 and 15 years Premier category went to Grace McGrath from Helensburgh. Linzi Cameron from Campbeltown triumphed in the 16 years and over class.

Then came the biggest Highland Dancing competition in the world – the World Championship finals - with dancers from Australia, Canada and the USA pitting their skills against the best the UK has to offer.

In the end, it was Eilidh Gammons from Helensburgh who emerged victorious in the World Juvenile finals, followed by Maria Monk of Bearsden and Alice Gill of Melbourne.

The trophy for best Scottish Juvenile Dancer went to Eilidh Gammons and the best Overseas Juvenile Dancer was Alice Gill from Melbourne.

In the World Junior championship, Olivia Burke of Nova Scotia held off the challenge of Lily Kelman from Inverness and Lauren Abrahart of Alberta.

The best Scottish Junior Dancer was Lily Kelman of Inverness, and the trophy for the best Overseas Junior Dancer went to Oliva Burke.

The Adult World champion was Rebecca Thow from Belhelvie, followed by Michelle Gordon from Huntly, with Cameron Walker from Denny in third.

Fiona Tolley from Ontario is taking home the Mary McHarg Quaich for best Overseas Adult Dancer. The cup for best Scottish Adult Dancer went to Rebecca Thow.

Throughout the afternoon, some of the world’s hottest traditional music bands entertained the crowds in the now-famous Cowal Live Music Tent sponsored this year by Cove UK.

Leading the pack was one of Cowal Gathering’s favourite bands, Trail West who were joined by two of the hottest names on the traditional music scene – Torridon and Cala. Also on the line-up were Travee, fresh from playing at the Gig at the Gathering last night, where they made a legion of new fans.

While the bands were playing in their marquee behind the stadium, the heavy athletes and wrestlers battled it out for top honours in the stadium itself.

In the International Heavy Athletics Team competition, Team Scotland were victorious with Team Germany coming runners up.

In the overall individual heavy athletics, Craig Winslow from Scotland triumphed in the men’s competition, with Daniel Carlin from Scotland in second and Martin Kuhne from Germany third.

In the women’s event, Mhairi Porterfield from Scotland beat off the challenge of Christina Scheffaur from Austria (2nd) and Rachel Hunter from Scotland (3rd).

Martin Kuhne and Mhairi Porterfield were crowned men’s and women’s caber toss champions respectively.

Of course the Gathering’s reputation for being one of Scotland’s best family-friendly events was cemented with the selection of entertainment for all ages.

One of the most popular draws was the return of the Clan Stunt Team who wowed the crowds with their gravity defying two wheeled flips and jumps.

Among the other biggest attractions were the Braveheart Axe Throwing Team, Mountain Biking track, the Cowal Ceilidh Tent with the Inverhooley Ceilidh Band and legendary children’s favourite, Artie’s Singing Kettle featuring veteran entertainer Artie Trezise, who has entertained generations of children with his songs and stories.

Speaking on behalf of the Cowal Gathering Board Fraser McCowan said this year’s event will go down as the best in recent times and thanked the people of Dunoon and Cowal for their continued support, as well as the Gathering’s sponsors.

‘On behalf of the Board of Cowal Gathering, I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this year’s event. Your hard work over, not only the last months, but years has helped ensure Cowal Gathering continue to grow and develop to be an event fit for the 21st century.

‘A huge thank you must also go to the thousands of people who have come out to support the Gathering over the last three days. We’ve welcomed spectators not just from Argyll and Scotland, but from all corners of the UK and, of course our international visitors who have travelled many thousands of miles, just to be with us.

‘As well as our visitors here in the Stadium I’d like to also thank the thousands of people who joined us online through our livestream. We hope you enjoyed the competitions from wherever part of the world you were watching from.

‘To our wonderful competitors, Cowal Gathering could not be what it is without you. This year’s levels of performance have been simply breathtaking.

While the events in the Stadium are over for another year, there is still the Western Ferries’ fireworks to look forward to. These mark the official end of this year’s event and will take place from the Coal Pier at 9.00pm this evening’

‘Thank you to everyone involved once again, I look forward to welcoming you back to the 2024 Cowal Gathering.”

Ian Laister, Managing Director at Bakkafrost Scotland, headline sponsor of the event said:

“True to form, this special community event has brought fun and a fair bit of competition to Argyll! It has been our pleasure to support the Cowal Gathering team and we would like to extend congratulations to all of this year’s entrants and of course winners.

“Thank you to the organisers who put so much effort into planning a successful event not only for the local community to enjoy, but for visitors to experience the best of what Scottish tradition has to offer.”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “I am delighted that EventScotland supported Cowal Highland Gathering through its National Funding Programme in 2023. It has been fantastic to see Dunoon offer such a warm welcome to visitors, providing the perfect stage for competitors, participants and audiences alike.”

Cowal Highland Gathering is supported through EventScotland’s International Events Programme.

A full list of the results of all today’s action will be posted on the website (www.cowalgathering.com) as soon as possible.

Cowal Highland Gathering is supported through EventScotland’s International Events Programme.


Cowal Highland Gathering crowds enjoy spectacular day

It’s billed as the world’s most spectacular Highland Gathering and today thousands of spectators were treated to another day of fantastic competition on day two of Cowal Gathering.

With Highland Dancing, piping and heavy athletics on the menu, today was feast of world class competition.

And the day isn’t over yet as 1,200 people are getting ready to head back to the show ground for the Gig at the Gathering which starts at 7.00pm.

From the first competitions of the morning, there was never a dull moment as hundreds of dancers, athletes and pipers did battle to win coveted Cowal honours.

Those who arrived early were spoiled for choice, with the Scottish Highland Dancing Championships and junior solo piping competitions all taking place before lunch.

 The Scottish Championships are one of three major dancing competitions being held during the Gathering. The others are the Argyllshire Championship and the World Championship, which both take place on Saturday.

The Local Juvenile Solo Piping competition took place in the morning, as did the Burgh Cup Competition for solo piping.

 Among the winners in the Scottish National Championships, the main results were:

 Murron Putka from Leven in the 14 years section.

Eilidh Gammons from Helensburgh in the 15 years section.

Amelia Leishman from Edinburgh in the 16 years section.

In the junior solo piping section, Camron Macphail from Kilmartin picked up the Burgh Cup. Grant Gibson from Dunoon was second, picking up The Inglis Trophy and Scott Wilson from Argyll took third, picking up The Campbell Birnie Trophy. The Best Dressed Playing Piper: Juvenile was Arran Green from Stirling.

At lunch time, the popular Classic Car Display in the Alexandra Parade car park in the town proved a hit with locals and visitors alike.

Speaking on behalf of the Cowal Gathering Board Fraser McCowan said he was very happy with the way the event is progressing.

‘We’ve had a marvellous two days. As always, the atmosphere has been brilliant, and the crowds have been wowed by some incredible competition,’ he said.

‘And while our traditional events may be over for the day, we’re getting ready for the next fixture, the Gig at the Gathering later this evening.

‘The Gig is a fantastic way to kick off your Cowal Gathering weekend. Those lucky enough to have got a ticket can look forward to an excellent evening of music headlined by Beinn Lee. Those people who weren’t so fortunate can look forward to tomorrow’s Live Music Tent, sponsored by Cove UK when we welcome back one of this evening’s bands, Rhuvaal together with Cala Torridon and headliners Trail West.

‘If you haven’t already bought your ticket, I would urge you to come to the Stadium tomorrow for a fantastic day out with something for the whole family.’

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “Congratulations to the winners so far in such a competitive field and well done to all who have taken part. Cowal Highland Gathering is a fantastic showcase for our country’s traditions and talent and Dunoon provides the perfect stage for this uniquely Scottish event.”

A full list of the results of all today’s action will be posted on the Gathering website as soon as possible.

Cowal Highland Gathering is supported through EventScotland’s International Events Programme.

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

For information or to book tickets for the rest of the event, please visit the website or contact the event office by emailing info@cowalgathering.com or phoning 01369 703206.


Dunoon welcomes crowds for day one of Cowal Gathering 2023

Dunoon welcomed thousands of people today as the world’s most spectacular Highland Games finally kicked off.

Visitors from the four corners of the globe have been pouring into the town and surrounding area over the last few days in the run-up to what is one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the Scottish calendar.

The action began early when the Scottish National Highland Dancing Championships kicked off at 08.30am.

Today’s competitions – which included the qualifiers for Saturday’s World Highland Dancing Championships - saw 436dancers in 10 categories battle it out for some coveted Cowal silverware.

Among the winners were: Aisla Gocan-Wright from Ontario, Canada who won the premier category for dancers aged 11 years, picking up the Elkington Challenge Trophy and this year there was a three way tie between Sophie Strachan from Forfar, Alexa Bianconcini from Glenrothes and Eilidh Gammons from Helensburgh who all ended the day on the same points to win the May Falconer Memorial Trophy for the best Scottish Dancer (resident) in Events 8 to 15.

It wasn’t all about dancing today, because the entertainment kept going into the evening with the ever-popular 5K Cowal Run taking place from the Crazy Golf course at West Bay at 7.15pm.

More than 90 athletes signed up to take part and were cheered on by spectators lining the route.

Speaking on behalf of the Cowal Gathering Board Fraser McCowan said he was delighted by how the event’s first day had gone.

‘The eyes of the Highland dancing world are once again on Dunoon,’ he said.

‘Highland dancing fans from all corners of the globe are watching the action not only in the Stadium, but also online as the Gathering broadcasts all the dancing competitions by live stream.

‘The feedback from our online audience is already very positive and the excitement is just going to be heightened over the next couple of days as we get nearer to crowing our new world champions.’

‘Even a bit of wet weather failed to dampen the spirits of competitors and spectators, most of whom come prepared for rain at some stage of the proceedings!,’ he added.

‘We’ve got a packed schedule for tomorrow and Saturday with something for everyone to enjoy, from Highland Dancing, pipe bands, solo piping, heavy athletics and ceilidh music to stunt bikes, axe throwing, kids’ entertainment or any of the other many attractions the Gathering now boasts.

‘I’m delighted with how the first day has gone, and we very much look forward to welcoming everyone back again tomorrow for another day of spectacular entertainment.”

Ian Laister, Managing Director at Bakkafrost Scotland, said:

“We’re back again in full swing, and as the headline sponsor of the Cowal Gathering, we are honoured to take part and provide our support to such a significant event for both the local community and visitors who travel to attend an event that celebrates Scottish culture and tradition.

“Best of luck to everyone who is taking part and thank you to everyone who came and made the event so much fun.”

A full list of the results of all today’s action will be posted on the Gathering website – www.cowalgathering.com - as soon as possible.


Countdown to Cowal Gathering 2023 – one week to go!

With just days to go until the 2023 Cowal Gathering, organisers are looking forward to welcoming visitors from around the globe back to Dunoon to take part in world-class competitions.

Cowal Gathering’s invitation to ‘See All of Scotland in One Weekend’, may be ambitious, but with the stellar line-up of competitions and entertainment planned, it’s going to be difficult to argue with.

And as with every year, every spectator who comes through the gates can choose to see or take part in as many of the attractions as they want – all included in their entry ticket.

Cowal Gathering has something for every member of the family in the Top Field entertainment area. From axe throwing and stunt bikes through to stories from Artie’s Singing Kettle, giant games, crazy golf, the come-and-try mountain bike track, clowns and magic tricks, you would be hard pressed to not find something to keep you entertained.

But that’s not all on offer. Also included in the admission ticket is entry to the famous Cowal Live Music Tent featuring the world class traditional Scottish music that Cowal Gathering is famous for. And once again the Cowal Live Music Tent is set to rock the stadium with a fantastic line-up of talent headed up by Cowal favourites Trail West.

Trail West will be supported by Cowal Gathering first timers, Torridon and Cala. They’re joined by Travee who are returning to the Cowal Music Tent fresh from playing the Friday night Gig at the Gathering.

It’s difficult to attend Cowal Gathering’s Top Field and not dance so, Cowal Gathering regulars the Inverhooley Ceilidh Band return to the Ceilidh Tent to encourage visitors to ‘take their partners’ for a Strip the Willow or Dashing White Sergeant, in between wandering round all the other attractions.

Of course, all this entertainment is in addition to the traditional events which are the cornerstone of Cowal Gathering – from piping and highland dancing to heavy athletics and wrestling.

Speaking on behalf of the Cowal Gathering Board Fraser McCowan said he is looking forward to welcoming the crowds back saying: ‘Cowal Gathering is such a special event and we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to make sure everyone has a good time, whether they’re four or 94.

‘We’ve put together a package of entertainment to appeal to all age groups. We’re welcoming back some old favourites as well as some new acts.

‘We’re just one week away until we throw open the gates and welcome guests from around the world back to enjoy one of Scotland’s best family-friendly days out.

Cowal Highland Gathering is supported through EventScotland’s International Funding Programme.

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


Teams prepare to compete for international glory

One of Cowal Gathering’s most fiercely contested competitions returns this year as Scotland, Germany and Austria get ready to battle to be crowned Cowal International Heavy Athletic Champions.
 
Introduced to the Gathering in 2016, the Cowal International Heavy Athletics Championship remains the only international heavy athletics championship to be held in Scotland.
 
Teams consist of three athletes – two men and one woman – all of whom take part in the Gathering’s individual contests. The points scored by each person then go towards the team total, and at the end of the Gathering on Saturday (26 August) the team with the highest total will be crowned Cowal International Heavy Athletics Champions and presented with the coveted trophy.
 
Speaking on behalf of the Cowal Gathering Board Fraser McCowan said he was looking forward to another fiercely fought competition on the Stadium.
 
‘From the moment we introduced the Cowal International Heavy Athletics Championship it became one of the Gathering’s most popular attractions.
 
‘Every year these athletes give it their all, putting on a fantastic show for the crowds who flock to see them. Their strength and determination are incredible.
 
‘Add in the element of international rivalry and the athletes always seem to find something else in the tank. The teams all look pretty evenly matched, so it’s virtually impossible to predict who will win victorious. With Team Scotland picking up the trophy in 2019 and 2022 it would be something special for them to take the hat-trick and I’m sure the Cowal crowd will be in fine voice to support the home team.’
 
Cowal Gathering’s headline sponsor again this year is Bakkafrost Scotland, which also sponsors the heavy athletics competitions.
 
Ian Laister, managing director at Bakkafrost Scotland, said:
 
‘We are delighted to extend our support for the Cowal Highland Gathering for the tenth year, especially with the much anticipated return of the heavy athletics competition. The event is a highlight, not only for the local community but for people from around the globe who will be travelling to Dunoon to see for themselves a competition which is rich in history and tradition.
 
‘We look forward to welcoming the athletes, performers and spectators at the event and wish everyone involved the best of luck. The organising team at the Games have once again pulled out all the stops to present an international event that highlights Scottish culture at its best.’
 
This year’s Cowal Highland Gathering runs from Thursday 24 – Saturday 26 August. Cowal Highland Gathering is supported through EventScotland’s International Events Programme.
 
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “We are proud to support Cowal Gathering as part of EventScotland’s International Events Programme. This unique international Heavy Athletics Championship will be an intense battle for contenders and a gripping spectacle for locals and visitors alike. Uniquely Scottish events, such as Cowal Gathering, showcase our country’s assets and further strengthen our reputation as the perfect stage for events.”