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The Braemar Gathering

Address: Braemar AB35 5UH , Scotland
Phone Number: +44 (0) 13397 55377
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Ranked #6 of 8 things to do in Braemar
Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks

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Jurong, Singapore
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50 reviews 50 reviews
41 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This is more community games than traditional Highland games. The traditional events were the highland fling dances, tug-of-war, the cable toss and backward kettle bell toss. For the latter two events, the men participated in their kilts. Other events were the short races (eg. 100-yard dash, the mile run, etc.), hillside cross-country run, the long jump and high jump for... More 

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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

My husband and I thought no trip to Scotland would be complete without going to one of their Highland Games. This particular event held in Braemar each year has the queen as the patron. We were able to see her, Prince Philip, and Prince Charles, but equally entertaining were the bag pipers, highland dancing competitions, the track and field events... More 

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127 reviews 127 reviews
27 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This 'Gathering' is many years old, and clearly never updated in its organisation. Don't pay the advance fee (unless you want a grandstand/stand seat) or the £10 entry fee for the day of the games, because we watched everyone walk into the site with tickets unchecked yesterday. If you pay in advance for a seat - note that space per... More 

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71 reviews 71 reviews
31 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Get your tickets early it would be a shame to miss out. We opted for uncovered Stand B 0256 and it was a great spot to watch everything. Come well prepared with raincoats and umbrellas because for us the weather changed quickly. Parking is easy if you get there early games started at 9:30 and there is so much going... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
24 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

I've been coming to this for years and absolutely adore it. Wonderfully Scottish, wonderfully British and wonderfully athletic all in one! Braemar has a fantastic community feel to it on the day of the Games and the event itself feels like one mini highlands olympics....and Her Majesty too! What more could you want. A very exciting day out

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Jefferson City, Missouri
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

The highlight of a great trip. We planned our tour of the NorthEast highlands around this event, and it did not disappoint. While the games and bands were excellent, the most impressive part of this event was.... the spectators. The people we sat around were fantastic. Very friendly and very sharing with their scotch!! The Scots themselves sold us on... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Had a fantastic evening watching eight wonderful dancers along with their piper and a compere. Piper had lived for 27 years in my own town of Beeston. Compere was delightfully Scottish and the dancers brimmed with confidence and fun

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Banchory, United Kingdom
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85 reviews 85 reviews
14 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

This once a year event is a must for anyone in the area. It is a fantastic day out whatever the weather, and we have seen it all! It is Scotland after all! And you get to see the Queen!

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los angeles
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59 reviews 59 reviews
20 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I don't want to say it was "once in a lifetime" because I hope to attend again one year, but what a thrill of a lifetime it was. We bought seats in the stands, about $50 each, as I recall, and well worth it. I don't remember whether we paid for parking or not; we were directed off the road... More 

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Keighley, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Brilliant atmosphere. Lots going on all day. Visiting Royalty. Book seats in advance better than having to stand all day. Car parking in the ground is £10 bookable in advance but well worth it so you have access to your car for coats,food etc.

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