The Inverness Highland Games are back for 2022 and featuring at our Community Gallery.

Taking place on July 16 at Bught Park, tickets are available now – visit www.invernesshighlandgames.com

The Games, returning after a two year break due to the pandemic, will showcase traditional competitive events and displays including the magnificent heavies, track and field athletics, pipes and drums, Highland Dancing and much more. The world’s strongest brothers – Tom and Luke Stoltman – will be making a special guest appearance on the day, marking their first public appearance since Tom was crowned World’s Strongest Man.

As we look forward to this year’s event, join us in looking back at the Games of yesteryear with pictures from the High Life Highland Archive Service.

The Highland Games in Inverness date back to 1947 – though they have been running in different forms in the city dating back to 1837.

It was 1837 when the ‘first official’ Games, organised by the Northern Meeting, were held on the Longman and open to the public.

Events included heavy and field, wrestling, wheelbarrow and sack races with the main event a musket shooting at a 36” target at 100 yards.

Such was the success with residents and visitors that the Games quickly evolved to include pony races, hurdles and a steeplechase.

In 1848, a year after a royal visit from Prince Albert, the Games moved to the Inverness Royal Academy school yard in Academy Street and in 1863 moved to Bell’s Park – now the bus station.

A year later, in 1864, the Games moved to a purpose-built arena, the Northern Meeting Park in Ardross Street following an argument with Academy directors over rent money.

The Games would continue and still hold their popularity until the 1930s when their popularity waned and eventually, they stopped.

The Inverness Highland Games returned in 1947, a fresh creation by the North of Scotland Amateur Athletic Association, allowing anyone to take part.

In the intervening years, the Games have been run by the Inverness Amenities Association, Inverness District Council, Highland Council and now High Life Highland.

We look forward to seeing you at Bught Park on Saturday 16th July for a fun-filled day out for all the family.

To see the full gallery, please visit our Community Gallery.