The verdict is in – West Ardnamurchan holds best show ever

Plenty of activity on view as sheep are prepared for judging at West Ardnamurchan Show last week. NO F30 West Ardnamurchan Show Preparing the sheep for judging
Plenty of activity on view as sheep are prepared for judging at West Ardnamurchan Show last week. NO F30 West Ardnamurchan Show Preparing the sheep for judging

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With this being the first West Ardnamurchan Show since 2019, organisers didn’t know what to expect in terms of numbers, but it turned out to be the best and biggest show.

Rosie Curtis, chairperson of the West Ardnamurchan Show and Sports Committee, commented: ‘Pretty much everyone who lives locally was there, with lots of holiday makers too, and we completely filled two Tobermory ferry crossings with foot passengers from Mull.’

The show at Kilchoan Sports Field on Friday saw strong competition in all the sheep categories with two new classes included for the first time – Cheviot and Rare Breeds.

Overall Best in Show and the Alistair MacKenzie cup went to Angus John Cameron, while Nan Maclachlan swept the board in the Cheviot and Other Breed categories giving her the cup for the ‘Crofter with Most Points’. Megan Curtis beat off strong competition to win in the junior category. The sheep were judged by Ally Nudds of Lochaline.

There were also plenty of outstanding entries in the art, craft and produce competitions, with the children outdoing the adults in terms of the number of entries.

The produce judges, Jess Thompson and Colin Nicholson, particularly enjoyed sampling the children’s baking.

In the Heavy Events, James Campbell of Tobermory triumphed once again; while in the local category there was a new winner this year, Roar Paulsen.

For the third time running, there were also sufficient entries for an exciting women’s competition, with Laura Glasgow taking the women’s prize.

The Junior Heavy Events were hotly contested too, with many younger children taking part for the first time. The overall winners in the junior category were Ewen MacPhail and Isla Ip.

More dogs than ever before were entered into the pet parade, with Jess Thompson’s dog Hamish taking first place.

The children’s races were popular as ever with entrants aged from toddler to teenager, running, sack racing, and egg and spooning up the field.

The overall winner on points this year was, once again, Gillies Law. He also won the boys junior hill race, with Evie Kellet coming in first in the hill race for the girls.

Tobermory High School Pipe Band, and Connie MacLennan, young highland dancer, both gave outstanding performances, keeping the crowd entertained in the breaks between the afternoon events.

Local band, Fras, closed the day with some storming ceilidh music. This was very much enjoyed by the crowd.

Sponsors were Mowi, Watson Seeds, Agrimony Consulting, Harbro, Ardnamurchan Estate, Ardnamurchan Distillery and many more companies and individuals, all of whom gave donations of their money, time, or raffle prizes.

Without their continuing support and the hard work of the committee, this event would not have been possible. Photographs: Ricky Clark.


Junior Sports –

Overall winner on points GM MacMillan Quaich – Gillies Law
Junior Hill Race Boy Junior Hill Race Cup –  Gillies Law
Junior Hill Race Girl Hill Race Cup/First Girl Home – Evie Kellett
Senior Hill Race/Men Glenborrodale Cup – Alex Arnott
Senior Hill Race/Women McConnell Salmon Challenge Cup – Sarah Westland

Heavy Events –

Senior Overall Heavy Events Winner Championship Cup – James Campbell
Women’s Heavy Events Winner – Laura Glasgow
Junior Heavy Events Boys Winner Selkirk Cup – Ewen Mac Phail
Girls Winner Show Cup – Isla Ip

Baking and Gardening Best Baker/ Baking Cup Penny Horner
Best Gardener/Angus Henderson Shield Caroline Broughton
Best Crafter May MacNicol


Pet Parade Jess Thompson and Hamish


Blackface Sheep Home Bred Shearling/ Branault Cup Alan Curtis
Ewe Lamb/Portuairk Cup Angus John Cameron
Champion Sheep/Mingary Cup Angus John Cameron
Reserve Champion’Plocaig Cup – John Alec Cameron
Best Group of Sheep/West Ardnamurchan Shield – Angus John Cameron
Under 18 Best Blackface Junior Cup – Iain and Cathie MacPhail/Megan Curtis
Cross Breed Ewe in milk/JD MacPhail Cup – Nan MacLachlan
Ewe Lambs/Jimmy the Shepherd Memorial Cup – Nan MacLachlan
Tup Lamb/Bob MacWalters Trophy – Nan MacLachlan
Champion Cross Breed/Lord Trent Cup – Nan MacLachlan
Reserve Champion/Alan MacLachlan Cup – Chloe Cameron
Cheviot Champion/Chrissie’s Cup – Nan MacLachlan
Rare Breed Champion/Sanna Cup – Katie Cameron
Overall Sheep Champion Sheep/Alistair MacKenzie Cup – Angus John Cameron
Crofter with most points/West Ardnamurchan Show Cup – Nan Maclachlan



Plenty of activity on view as sheep are prepared for judging at West Ardnamurchan Show last week. NO F30 West Ardnamurchan Show Preparing the sheep for judging


Extra pics:

Tobermory High School Pipe Band provided musical entertainment during the day. NO F30 West Ardnamurchan Show Tobermory High School pipe band

Colin Nicholson and Jess Thompson, from Mingary Castle, had their work cut out as produce judges for the show. NO F30 West Ardnamurchan Show Produce Judges Colin Nicholson and Jess Thompson of Mingary Castle hard at work

Connie MacLennan impresses the judges with her skills in the Highland Dancing competition. NO F30 West Ardnamurchan Show Connie MacLennan demonstrating her dancing skills