Thousands enjoy Skye Highland Games

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Around 4,000 spectators gathered throughout the day at The Lump in Portree on Wednesday August 7, for the annual Isle of Skye Highland Games.

The weather held up on the day, despite some showers early in the morning, and visitors were treated to a fine day of competition and Highland celebrations.

The highest number of entrants in recent years took part in the Games last Wednesday.

There were nine heavies entries, with the best all round heavy athlete being Vlad Tulacek from the Czech Republic. The ground record for 56lb weight over the bar was broken by Colin Dunbar from California with a new record of 16’6”. This year had the best turnout dancing competitors for years, which delighted the committee.

The Isle of Skye Pipe Band get the Games under way.

As the dust settled after a busy day, the committee said: ‘We can’t thank everyone enough for making our 2019 Isle of Skye Highland Games – such a success. Thanks to everyone that took part of all ages from athletics, dancing, piping and heavy events. Both Local and Open participants, you all put on a great show. Hugest thanks must go to the thousands of spectators though who clapped, cheered and “oohhed” all day. You are what the Games are for and you are what makes the Games.


Spectators watch with bated breath as the caber toss gets underway. NO F33 Skye Games 01

The Isle of Skye Pipe Band get the Games underway. NO F33 Skye Games 03

The highest numbner of entrants in recent years took part in the Games last Wednesday. NO F33 Skye Games 04