The Cowal Gathering: The World’s Largest Highland Games
The largest Highland Games in the world is returning to Dunoon this August (25th - 27th) and you don’t want to miss it!
The Cowal Gathering (or the Cowal Games) is a magnificent celebration of Scottish culture. These celebrations come in the form of competitive drumming, dancing, bagpiping and Scottish heavy athletics. Each year, The Cowal Gathering attracts over 3,500 competitors! It makes for a wonderful few days of enjoying all things Scottish - a great day out for wee ones and adults alike.
Even if heavily competition-focused, the Cowal Games have a range of other events happening simultaneously - including live music…
This year, playing at The Cowal Gathering is a lineup of incredibly talented musicians who keep Scotland close to their hearts. The lineup is headed by one of Scotland’s most popular bands, Tide Lines, supported by Hò-rò, Rhuvaal, The American Rogues and Eabhal - catch them in the Cowal Music Tent.
It wouldn’t be the Highland Games without a little bit of competition now, would it? Marvel at the traditional Scottish athletic events including tossing the caber and shot-putting the famous 34lbs-Cowal Stone! The Cowal Gathering will also play host to a flurry of talented bagpipers and dancers. From solo bagpiping competitions to traditional ceilidh dancing competitions, this event is bustling with talent and entertainment.
Where to Stay
The Cowal Gathering welcomes 23,000 people every year, so nearby places to stay can soon get booked up. Lucky for you, here at Argyll Holidays we have a number of holiday parks both in and close to Dunoon and an even wider variety of accommodation.
Being in Dunoon, Hunters Quay is our closest holiday park to the annual Cowal Gathering. Unfortunately, it’s all filled up for this year's event, however, you should definitely keep it in mind for next year's celebrations. You won’t find a more convenient and scenic place to stay!
Our New Forest Pods at Stratheck (Coming Soon)
These elegant lodges will be brand new at Stratheck Holiday Park in Dunoon. With an innovative and stylish design - and enough room to sleep four - these pods will be the perfect place to settle down after a long day's celebration. Take a look.
Drimsynie Estate Holiday Village
A little further afield, Drimsynie Estate is only a 50-minute drive from the action - an incredibly scenic drive too! There’s a huge choice of accommodation to suit your party, from luxurious hotel rooms to spacious hot tub lodges and fantastic value caravans. You can also enjoy some first-class on-site facilities, including a spa, gym, golf course, pool, funhouse and many outdoor activities to keep you busy throughout your holiday.
If you want to celebrate all things Scottish, get yourself to Dunoon this summer to experience a wealth of Scottish traditions and culture, and be a part of the world’s largest Highland Games.