Helensburgh Highland Games date back to 1889, but the more modern version was started in 2007. Although still in its infancy, it is proving to be a popular event for both local people and visitors to the area. In 2011 it even featured on the BBC's flagship evening programme The One Show.
Traditionally Games are linked to a Scottish Clan but Helensburgh is unique as it is linked to two local Clans; the Colquhoun's and MacAulay's (whose tartan adorns the bottom of this website). The Clan Chiefs alternate the duties of Games Chieftain. Included in the games are the Heavies competition with events such as Tossing the Caber. The Heavies competition is now becoming a regular for the best Heavies in the UK and abroad. There are also Highland Dancing and Athletics races. The wonderful part is that both young and old alike can take part and because of the handicapping system for some races, different age groups can race against each other. The main events are open to all and have prize money for those taking part.
Sir Malcolm Colquhoun Of Luss Bt