The 2021 Games have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. A traditional Highland Games with 3 Championship Events - British 90m, 200m foot race & Scottish 22lb Shot Putt, Heavy Events, Athletics, Highland Dancing, Wrestling, Hill Run, Pipe Bands, over 30 Trade/food stands and traditional beer tent
Entry prices:- Adults £6, Children 15 & under £3. Consessions £3
The Games in Helensburgh first took place at Larchfield Park (behind where this years Games will be held) in 1898, the Games continued until 1905 and didn't take place again until 1924 , the next Games were not held until 1949 this time at Camis Eskan Farm with 15,000 attending on the day, we are not sure if Games were held in 1950 or 1951, the 1952 Games at Camis Eskan attracted 14,000, this was the last real Highland Games to be held in Helensburgh until 2008, when the present Games committee brought the Games back to the town for the first time in 56 years with over 3,500 attending on the day, The aim of our Games Committee is to provide a Highland Games worthy of attracting crowds as big as they were at the 1949 and 1952 Games, with the help of visitors from home and abroad this can and will be achieved.
Clan MacAulay, who once owned the land (Ardencaple) in ancient times where the Games are now held, including the once magnificent Ardencaple Castle (see our website for further historical information). The Clan Colquhoun later bought the land's and their present Clan Chief, Sir Malcolm Colquhoun of Luss is the Patron and Chieftain of the Games, With three championships having been awarded to the Games, the British 90m, 200m foot races and the Scottish Shot Putt, the 2019 Games will have more athletic events than in 2008 with Primary school relays and Inter-club relays we include the local schools and clubs. The Hill Run is a 7.7km run rising 354 metres to the top of Tom na h-Airidh which can be seen from the Games arena.
Our Heavy Events will be even bigger with up to 10 giants taking to the arena hoping to win the overall championship. .
With over 40 stalls, there is surely something for everyone to eat, drink and buy, There is a beer garden for those who wish refreshments.
Entry Prices are - Adults £6, Children 15 & under £3, Concessions £3. Put the date of the Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games in your diary.
Helensburgh can be reached by the A82 from Glasgow and proceeding to Loch Lomond then at the Arden Round-a-bout take the 1st left on to the B831 at the small round-a-bout 1st left B832 which takes you to Helensburgh. Alternatively after the Bowling round-a-bout take the A814 slip road Marked Helensburgh and proceed straight through Dumbarton to Helensburgh. There are AA signs pointing directions to Helensburgh Highland Games after Bowling Round-a-bout. We run a FREE shuttle bus service from the towns pier car park the 'stop' is near the clock tower on the entry road into the car park. and it is advisable to use this as there are road restrictions in place around the venue for the 3rd June.
Getting there by railway:- From Glasgow Queen Street Station (Lower Level Platform 8) trains run every half hour approx 5min to and 25 min past the hour direct to Helensburgh Central station. It is then just a short 2 min walk to the Clock tower where there is a FREE shuttle bus servive to the Games venue.
Getting there by aeroplane:- Glasgow airport is approximately 20 miles from Helensburgh, there are taxis available at the airport which will take you to Helensburgh and the Games site, if driving follow directions for the Erskine Bridge, Dumbarton and the A814 which leads to Helensburgh via Dumbarton, follow the road to Cardross and signs for Helensburgh, on entry to the town go along East Clyde Street to West Clyde Street and follow the road to Rhu Road Higher (G84 8JZ) where the Games site is situated. Be warned parking is restricted in the immediate are for public safety it is advisable to use the Free schuttle bus service from the Pier Car Park (on the entry road into the Car park near the clock tower )