4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

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  • Location:Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration:9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Scottish Highland Games Day Trip from Edinburgh

Immerse yourself in the spirit of Scottish revelry with a full-day trip to the Scottish Highland Games from Edinburgh. Enjoy the rugged natural beauty of the highlands as you pass lochs, mountains and sweeping glens en route to the gaming site. Watch men in traditional Highland dress compete in hammer throwing, tug-of-war and tossing the caber. Book early to ensure a place at this popular event!

Highlights

  • Day trip to the Scottish Highlands Games from Edinburgh
  • Scenic drive past lochs, mountains and glens
  • See the tossing of the caber, Highland dancing and piping competitions
  • Experience unique Scottish hospitality

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What You Can Expect

Scottish Highland Games Day Trip from Edinburgh

Scottish Highland Games Day Trip from Edinburgh

Your gaming adventure begins in the morning on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Meet your local guide and board the minivan for the ride to the games site. The site changes throughout the season, with the most popular gathering taking place in Braemer on the first weekend in September. As you travel through the stunning Scottish Highlands, hear fascinating facts about the Highland Games, descended from the 11th-century event held by Malcolm when Scottish Clans went head-to-head in tests strength and stamina. 

When you arrive, spend several hours watching exciting competitions like hammer throwing, wrestling and caber tossing. Enjoy some traditional Scottish music and vibrant dancing before heading back to Edinburgh, where your 9.5-hour tour concludes at the starting point on Royal Mile.

Please Note: Event runs from late-May through September. 

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Customer Reviews

Jenna H United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

How fun!!! I had such an amazing time on this trip! The Queen even came! Dougie was our tour guide and quite awesome. I think the only thing I didn't realize is that you have to pay for seats to sit down close to the action. As a photographer, this frustrated me but it ended up alright! REALLY long day, so be prepared!

Daniela G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Fantastic! the most impressive part: the tour guide! She was amazing! Good mood, great stories and historic details. I loved it all! Wonderful day!

Deborah M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Excellent guide who gave us very good information and interesting. Loved seeing the Highland Games in Scotland as my family had attended the Highland Games in Los Angeles for 30 years. A Must for visiting Scotland to walk around with the locals and enjoy the Games tradition.

Peter O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

We found the day to be perfect even though we had a break down on the way back.
The Games were amazing and there was no tourist theme to them at all - it was just pure Scottish traditional that we were fortunate enough to witness.
Our guide was first class- he was extremely knowledgable and funny

J A H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Great day at the Luss Games. Also stops at several interesting sites on the way to the games. Great driver who was entertaining and informative (Eoghain). Had a slight issue with the bus on the way home, which was handled very professionally and timely. Overall, a great day.

Jennifer P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

This was a fantastic day trip and I would highly recommend it
The weather :)
The games
The Tour Guide - entertaining and informative
Ease of booking and location on Royal Mile (very helpful and friendly staff)

Gilvam

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

I think this is a unique experience and it an attraction to go when you're in Scotland. Also, me and my wife were lucky to have a nice weather (mostly sunny with a shower passing by) and very friendly people. We really enjoyed our time in Edinburgh and I wish we had more time for other attractions and to travel to other areas in Scotland - more to North or West... I mean.. more to the Highlands.
BTW... the Military Tattoo was GREAT!

Macgregor B H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Scott was our guide...outstanding driving,Games , commentary AND added tour of the Wallace Monument. Thanks! Macgregor Hay

ingvill73

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

Loved it!! But we left too early from Alva (event was moved because of rain), so we got there before the Highland games started, and didn't get to see the tossing of the caber...The trip should have started later and ended later. Liked that we also stopped at the monument for Robert the Bruce and the one for William Wallace. Informativ and fun guide.

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

Really enjoyed the Highland Games, it was cool to see all the events. Also I liked the stop we made at Stirling Castle on the way back to see it. There was plenty of free time on our own to enjoy events, explore Loch Lomond, try a local village restaurant, etc on the tour, which was great.
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