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Welcome to our virtual programme

The Stirling Highland Games committee is looking forward to warmly welcoming you all to this year’s virtual event called
The Best of Stirling with Stirling Highland Games.

Stirling Highland Games plays a key role in the Stirling events calendar and although we have had to cancel the actual event this year due to Covid-19, the committee was really keen to try and keep the momentum going that we have built up over 7 years. With the support from Friends of Stirling Highland Games, we are delighted to bring viewers a flavour of what visiting Stirling and our event is like.

We hope you tune in and enjoy but also consider visiting our wonderful city at some point in the future.

 

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The Best of Stirling

Bannockburn House

Step back in time…. and see where Bonnie Prince Charlie once slept; see the home of the 1st baronet of Bannockburn; embrace the amazing Victorian architecture.

Wallace Monument

This is a place where history is something you can touch and feel, as you follow the story of Sir William Wallace, patriot, martyr, and Guardian of Scotland.

Heritage Tours

Our Heritage Tours are usually on-site but this year sit back and relax while we take you on our virtual Heritage Tour taking in St Ninians Well, City Wall, Tolbooth, Kirk Holy Rude, Chapel Royal, Cowans Hospital, Mars Wark, Ladies Rock, Kings Knot, Mote Hill and Stirling Bridge.

Shotting the Put

Fling It At Home Competition

Are you bored at home? If your looking for a bit of fun then check out our #FlingItAtHome competition where you can submit your clips of giving some of the Heavies events a go. You might just win with your clip featuring in the virtual programme.

The Bruce Challenge

The Stirling Highland Games committee are delighted to launch our new event, The Bruce Challenge. Could you pick up and walk the furthest holding a Scottish Whin and Scottish Granite boulder weighing in at 164.5kg? The Bruce Champion can!

Stirling, at the Heart of Scotland

Stirling old town is drenched in Scotland’s history but the city also offers a contemporary feel with its cafes, themed bars and boutique shops.

The city is open for business, with social distancing in place as per Scottish Government guidelines, and with the Stirling Highland Games event boosting the local economy by over £400,000 annually, we wanted to continue supporting the local economic recovery by streaming our new virtual programme that will give viewers a taste of the event as well as the Stirling area.

We are a huge supporter of shop local as well as encouraging international visitors to Dream Now, Visit later.

Other Things to Virtually See and Do around Stirling

You may want to check out the Geo Tourist Outlander Trail as there are plenty of OL locations around Stirling – and the Geo Tourist app can be done from home (or on location).

Stirling is also a hot spot for movie locations so why not experience Stirling’s Movie Map from the comfort of your home and then maybe plan an actual visit at some point in the future when safe to do so.

Did you know that Braveheart is 25 years old! You can check out Visit Scotland’s latest Tour Guide Tales podcasts with features including the National Wallace Monument and Braveheart plus Outlander Tours with Mary’s Meanders.

10 things to do over our highland games weekend

in Stirling

The Stirling Highland Games Committee got together to discuss what you can do when you visit Stirling.

Breakfast at Toast

It’s no surprise this makes the list as The Stirling Highland Games President and Secretary are here regularily. Toast serve great coffee, fantastic full breaksfasts as well as a selection of other options. What better way to start the day!

Dumyat Hill Walk

Its a good idea to check the weather forecast first and that you have brought your walking boots but once you get to the top you will be rewarded with some amazing views over the Forth Valley.

Back Walk Trails

The back walk trails are based around the foot of the rock that Stirling Castle sits on. A great place to start is at the side of the Municiple Buildings where the Stirling Wolf Carving sits with several more carvings located throughout the walk.

Stirling Castle

We think its Scotland’s best Castle. Located on the top of a dormant volcano it sits proud over the city and carse land. You can understand why it was such an important part of history. He who holds Stirling, holds Scotland.

Safari Park

Families are well catered for at Blairdrummond, just outside of Stirling. A great day awaits you with lots of animals to see as well as things to do.

The Guildry of Stirling

The Merchant Guildry of Stirling cannot trace its exact origins. The Guilds of Europe stem from the establishment of city life after the end of the Roman Empire. The guildry is based in Cowanes Hospital next to the Kirk Holy Rude.

Mote Hill

Mote Hill to the north of the city, overlooking Old Stirling Bridge and Stevensons Bridge which span the River Forth. The location of the vitrification remains of a dwealling place as well as the beheading stone. 

Stirling Smith Art Gallery

Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum celebrates the rich history of Stirling. For a great day out, make sure you visit this free Stirling tourist attraction.

National Wallace Monument

Having just celebrated the monuments 150 year anniversary in 2019, the National Wallace Monument looks over the Stirling Highland Games events field, the battle of Stirling Bridge and the meandering River Forth.

Stirling Highland Games

It won’t surprise you that the Stirling Highland Games Committee have put the event at the top of the list. We think it’s a must-visit event in central Scotland and it’s only going to get better.

Since the current committee took over the event in 2013 they have worked hard to bring back this leading cultural sporting event, connect with the local community and showcase the city as a destination around the globe.

Being part of the bigger transformational tourism project, delivered by Ceangail CIC, only adds to the benefits of why buying a ticket to the event sits so well with overseas visitors. 47% of our 2019 event visitors were from all over the world.

The Best of Stirling

Virtual Programme Schedule for Sat 15th August

 Check out some of our features we will be including in the Best of Stirling with Stirling Highland Games.

Balaklava pipes and drums

The Balaklava Pipes and Drums band of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Association are based in Stirling, Scotland and the SHG Committee welcome the band and look forward to showcasing them playing.

The band is affiliated to the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Association based at Stirling Castle.

Fling It At Home Heavies Competition

Do you want to join in the Stirling Highland Games 2020 event? Well, you can!

Take a look at our #FlingItAtHome competition we are running up until 2nd August. You can check out our video clips on how to throw at each event and then give it a go yourself. You might need to get creative but its more about taking part rather than having the proper kit. Maybe you could have someone film you throwing your favourite cuddly toy over your Dad…. and you could then enter our Weight over the Bar event!

Of course, if you do have the proper kit then we would welcome your clips too.

Weight Over The Bar

Check out our Weight Over The Bar clip to see what to do. [Suggestion: Throw your favourite cuddly toy up and over your dad’s head]

Putting The Shot

Check out our Putting The Shot clip to see what to do. [Suggestion: Putt one of your beanbags as far as you can]

Scot’s Hammer

Check out our Scot’s Hammer clip to see what to do. [Suggestion: Turn around slowly once and throw a small branch as far as you can]

Tossing The Caber 

Check out our Caber Toss clip to see what to do. [Suggestion: Use a small fallen tree branch and see if you can flip it over like Kyle]

the bruce challenge stones

The Bruce Challenge

 

The Bruce Challenge, an open event, combines strength, endurance and agility.

The Bruce Challenge is for only the strongest of the Clan who can show endurance as well as strength. Like Robert The Bruce’s warriors of old, only the best were selected to represent their Clan following highland games challenges like this, so take the challenge and be crowned The Bruce Champion at Stirling Highland Games!

theh bruce challenge stones

happy anniversary

Here are some message from some of our previous chieftains and other VIPs