Beach Highland Games – A Great Success!
The UK’s only Highland Games to be held on a beach took place in Kirkcaldy on Saturday (15th September 2018). The dry weather brought thousands of spectators down to the Waterfront to enjoy a unique combination of culture, sport and social entertainment from Heavy athletics to Highland dancing.
This is the fourth year that the Games have been hosted by the local Business Improvement District Company, Kirkcaldy4All, with the day getting off to a rousing start with a parade along the waterfront led by Leven and District pipe band …
A full programme of professional Highland dancing, athletic running events and the traditional Heavy events all took place on the beach, with competitors coming from as far as Inverness in the north of Scotland to Kendal in the north of England.
And for the first time, the day included cycle races (our featured image), with the sand proving quite a challenge for the competitors! The Storm Road was lined with stalls from local businesses and charities, and there was plenty to keep the whole family entertained, from balloon-modelling, to kids’ races and guest appearances from the RNLI’s Stormy and Olaf from ‘Frozen’.
Bill Harvey, Manager at Kirkcaldy4All said: ‘This event has been putting Kirkcaldy on the map over the last few years as the ‘UK’s 1st Beach Highland Games’. We had a great crowd … we reckon about 3,000 people came to enjoy the spectacle. We have had some great feedback from the athletes and competitors. For them it’s something different. We are already looking forward to next year!’
On your marks … for 2019!
Interested in being involved in next year’s event? As a competitor or to take one of the trade stalls on the Waterfront?
Please contact Laura Laird in Kirkcaldy4All’s office on 01592 640040.
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