Crowds flock to finale of 2018 Cowal Highland Gathering

Billed as one of Scotland’s best days out the finale of the 2018 Cowal Highland Gathering lived up to its reputation.

Thousands of people from across the world gathered in Dunoon today for the final day of the world’s most spectacular Highland Gathering with competitors, entertainers and spectators joining forces to make sure super Saturday was a day to remember.

Crowds watched as over a thousand competitors fought to secure some Cowal silverware. Dancers, pipers, heavy athletes and runners were joined by entertainers including cyclists, gymnasts and musicians to ensure the Gathering’s crowds were wowed from early morning until the end of the day.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, said: “Congratulations to all the dancers, pipers, heavy athletes and runners who picked up some much coveted Cowal silverware. Once again the organisers have done a great job in delivery a fantastic three days of competitions and entertainment. EventScotland was delighted to continue its support of the Cowal Highland Gathering this year,  a key cultural event for Argyll and Bute that is helping drive Scotland and the regions visitor economy by welcoming competitors and spectators from all over the world to Dunoon each August.”

The standard of competition was world class, with every athlete and competitor giving their all to leave the Stadium as a Cowal Highland Gathering winner.

One of the highlights of the Gathering’s final day – and one of the most fiercely contested – was, as always, the Cowal Pipe Band Championship.

This year, Johnstone Pipe from managed to hold off the challenge of Lomond and Clyde to be crowned winners of the Grade 1 Cowal Pipe Band Championships 2018.

Cowal Highland Gathering chair Ronnie Cairns said this year’s event will go down as the best in recent times and thanked the people of Dunoon and Cowal for their continued support, as well as the Gathering’s sponsors.

“On behalf of the Board of Cowal Highland Gathering, I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this year’s event. Your hard work over, not only the last months, but years has helped ensure Cowal Highland Gathering continue to grow and develop to be an event fit for the 21st century.

“Cowal Highland Gathering belongs to the people of Cowal, we are its custodians and it is our collective responsibility to ensure its history and traditions are honoured until it is time to pass it onto the next generation.

“A huge thank you must also go to the thousands of people who have come out to support the Gathering over the last three days. We’ve welcomed spectators not just from Argyll and Scotland, but from all corners of the UK and, of course our international visitors who have travelled many thousands of miles, just to be with us."

Click here for more information. A full list of results will be posted on the Cowal Highland Gathering website as soon as possible.

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