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The Pitlochry Highland Games 2019

Highland Games - 10 mins walk from The Wellwood Guest House

Pitlochry Highland Games

The Pitlochry Highland Games were one of the first re-established in Scotland, in 1852, as evidenced by an ormolu brooch which is inscribed:

History“Presented by Lady Feilden at the First Pitlochrie Highland Games to Mr Charles Duff of Dunavourdie as the Best Player on the Highland Bagpipes, 10th September 1852”.

A Recreation Ground was formed to the south of the town, on the north bank of the River Tummel. Only the cemetery at Dysart was nearby, otherwise the nearest place was the railway station. It was reached, as the Lady’s Dell is now, by Rie-Achan Road and by traversing the Dell. Where now the waters of Loch Faskally lap on a small beach, there was then a vista of the Recreation Ground, with a centrally-located pavilion, a terraced grass bank, the river and, over to the right, a narrow nine hole Golf Course (which predated the Recreation Ground). By 1900, the Ground was partly laid out for both football and tennis. There was also a path from Ferry Road, to the north of what is now Tummel Crescent and through the wood still shown on maps as lag na bain tighearna (‘the dell of the laird’s lady’) to the east end of the Ground. It was all to be submerged in due course.

When Loch Faskally was formed in 1950, flooding the old Recreation Ground, the Games moved to the new “Rec”, which is surprisingly similar in its topography to the old, a fact reinforced by the removal of the original Pavilion from the old Ground to the new in 1951; the Pavilion was upgraded with modern facilities in 1994.

For a time until 1921, the Games were known as the Pitlochry Athletic Sports and were considered one of only a few genuine meetings where Scottish, British and World records could be registered; some were achieved. A letter in the Oban Times of 29th August 1925 said:

History“Pitlochry Highland Games are fixed to be held early in September, when good money prizes are offered for the confined Heavyweight Championship of Scotland. As this is the only genuine record breaking meeting held in Scotland so far as proven and genuine weights are concerned – more professional records have been established at Pitlochry than at all other Games.”

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