Gig at the Gathering 2022 Tickets Launched

2022 Gig at the Gathering tickets on sale now!

Tickets are now on sale for Cowal Gathering’s flagship Friday night Gig at the Gathering (GATG) which is back, bigger and better than ever.

After an enforced two-year break due to the pandemic, this will be the sixth Gig at the Gathering. Having first burst onto the scene in 2015 the GATG has become a permanent fixture to the Gathering weekend and has cemented its reputation for bringing some of Scotland’s best-known bands to Dunoon, as well as showcasing some of the area’s newest talent.

And, Gig at the Gathering fans will be excited to hear this year’s headliners are Hò-rò.

Hò-rò are no strangers to Cowal Gathering, having first played to a Cowal audience in the Ceilidh Tent in 2017. With a line-up featuring bagpipes, border pipes, accordion, fiddle and whistles, together with guitar, keyboards, drums and bodhran, Hò-rò offer something for every music lover.

Joining Hò-rò are Kintyre based band Rhuvaal who played the Cowal Gathering Ceilidh Tent for the first time in 2019 and joined us for Cowal’s Virtual Gathering in 2020.

The line-up is completed by The American Rogues who played at the 2018 GATG and Cowal Ceilidh Tent in 2018, as well as joining us online for Cowal’s Virtual Gathering 2020. With members from Canada and the US, the band are regular on the American Highland Games circuit and won a new legion of Cowal Gathering fans in 2018.

Cowal Gathering Chairman Ronnie is excited to welcome GATG crowds back to Cowal Gathering saying: ‘I’m delighted live events are back for this year and can’t wait to welcome music fans back to this year’s GATG.

‘We’ve got a great line-up which will appeal to music lovers of all ages, and we know this year’s bands are excited about returning to the GATG and playing for our Cowal audience.

‘The GATG is a great night out and I expect tickets will be in high demand. I’d recommend buying early to avoid disappointment.’

Tickets for the Gig - which will take place on Friday, August 26 in the Gathering’s Cowal Music Tent are on sale now for £25 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 11pm.

This year’s Cowal Gathering runs from Thursday 25 to Saturday 27 August.


Website and ticket launch

We have a couple of important pieces of information for you today, please read this post and share it with anyone who you think needs to see it.

Over the last few months, we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to bring Cowal Gathering bang up-to-date, both in preparation for this year’s event but also for what we offer online.

So, with that in mind, we’d like to introduce you to our brand new website, which we’ve launched today and has been made possible through Digital Boost funding.

On here you’ll find all the information you need to make your visit to Cowal Gathering the best yet. If you’re a competitor you’ll be able to register for events as well as find the information you need in our dedicated competitor area. And if you’re a spectator you’ll be able to buy your tickets and plan your day to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

And with that in mind, we are delighted to say tickets for this year’s Cowal Gathering will go on sale at 12.00pm UK time, on WEDNESDAY 13 APRIL 2022.

However, it is very important to remember that people who bought tickets in 2020 are able to carry their tickets forward to this year. This means there are fewer seats available and there are NO Grandstand or Enclosure seats available for Cowal Saturday.

The limited number of tickets we have available for sale will be for:

  • Thursday (morning and afternoon) Grandstand and Enclosure.
  • Thursday (morning and afternoon) East Stand.
  • Friday (morning and afternoon) Grandstand and Enclosure.
  • Friday (morning and afternoon) East Stand.
  • Saturday (morning and afternoon) East Stand.

Please visit www.cowalgathering.com where you will find a live link to our Box Office at 12.00pm on Wednesday 13 April 2022.

As always, we value your feedback. Please have a look at the website and let us know what you think of it. We will, of course, be continuing to add to it as we get closer to this year’s event. We’ve even got a few special additions that will be coming your way in the next few weeks.

Thank you for your continued support – we hope you love the website as much as we do”


Cowal Gathering set to return in 2022

They’re the words we’ve all been waiting to hear – Cowal Gathering will return to Dunoon Stadium in 2022.

Nobody could have predicted at the end of the 125th Cowal Gathering in August 2019 that it would another three years before we would experience the sights and sounds of one of Scotland’s best family days out again.

The event will be held from Thursday 25th – Saturday 27th August and will feature a full programme including the World Highland Dancing Championships, the Cowal Pipe Band Championship and the Cowal International Heavy Athletics Championship.

Live music fans will be well catered for as The Gig at the Gathering returns to rock the Stadium on Cowal Gathering Friday night, before some of Scotland’s best-known traditional bands return on Cowal Gathering Saturday to the Live Music Tent.

Cowal Gathering Chair Ronnie Cairns spoke of his excitement that the 128-year-old Gathering will be live this year saying: ‘This is the best possible news and I can’t wait to welcome competitors and spectators from across the world through the gates of Dunoon Stadium this August.

‘While Cowal’s Virtual Gathering entertained thousands of Gathering fans across the globe in 2020 and 2021, there is nothing that compares to the atmosphere of games day.

‘We’ve waited for three years to gather together again and this year we’re going to make sure we celebrate in style.’

Full details of this year’s programme, competition entry and ticket sales will be available over the coming months.

Cowal Gathering will be held in Dunoon Stadium from Thursday 25 – Saturday 27 August 2022. For more details visit www.cowalgathering.com or email info@cowalgathering.com


Virtual gathering e-book now live!

Our e-book Only At Cowal is available to download FREE from our website at https://www.cowalgathering.com/images/onlyatcowal.pdf

Thank you to everyone who took part and shared their favourite memories and took the time to write poems. You are all absolutely amazing, thank you so much for being part of our Virtual Gathering.


Cowal's virtual gathering celebrates second online event success

The sights and sounds of Cowal Highland Gathering (CHG) entertained a global audience as Cowal’s Virtual Gathering beamed a three-day programme packed full of piping, highland dancing and heavy athletics across the world.

Lovers of highland games had been left disappointed as events were cancelled for a second year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As Cowal’s Virtual Gathering 2020 had been such a resounding success, organisers took the decision to host another virtual three-day event for 2021.

This was a celebration of what we have to look forward to. While world champion highland dancers spoke candidly about the challenges of online lessons in a series of interviews, they also shared their top tips for staying motivated and focussed. An exclusive dance, choreographed by Rachel McLagan and performed by some of the world’s top highland dancers, was unveiled to huge acclaim and will surely inspire a whole new generation of future CHG competitors.

Donald MacPhee, one of the world’s finest solo pipers spoke passionately about his own career in piping and gave an insight into how the marriage of highland dancing and piping can be a lifelong love affair.

Fans of heavy athletics weren’t forgotten either as a special feature-length competition, filmed under COVID-19 restrictions, brought some of CHG’s best known competitors to Cowal’s Virtual Gathering where they showed how ready they are to get back into the Stadium to compete.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a highland gathering without a ceilidh and Inverhooley Ceilidh Band were online to entertain Gathering fans whether they were having a garden party or simply a lover of great traditional music.

Cowal Highland Gathering Chair Ronnie Cairns thanked everyone who joined Cowal’s Virtual Gathering saying: ‘When we signed off in August 2020 following the first virtual gathering we could not have predicted we would be back as a virtual event again this year.

‘However, I want to thank everyone who has so generously given their time, their photos, shared their memories and taken part in this year’s event. The CHG audience is like no other. They have the ability to lift competitors with their cheers and for the last two years they have lifted our virtual gathering organisers to put together a programme which is worthy of CHG.

‘Cowal Highland Gathering is a historic event for so many different reasons. It holds the world’s oldest pipe band trophies, it is the home of the World Highland Dancing Championships and it hosts Scotland’s only international heavy athletics championship.

‘In August 2020 we said Cowal’s Virtual Highland Gathering was now itself a historic event, when it became the world’s first three-day virtual Highland Gathering. We hope this year we’ll be consigning it to the history books.

‘If you joined us online we thank you from the bottom of hearts and we hope we can meet you in person in August 2022 when we can once again gather in Dunoon Stadium.”

If you missed any of Cowal’s Virtual Gathering you can catch up on Cowal Highland Gathering’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. The 2022 Cowal Highland Gathering will be held in Dunoon Stadium from Thursday 25 – Saturday 27 August 2022. For more details visit www.cowalgathering.com or email info@cowalgathering.com