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 or email

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