Month: May 2015

Time for Mid-Summer Fun in Angus

As summer’s long days provide extra hours to get out and about, there’s lots happening across the county of Angus from dawn to dusk – and beyond! The month of June begins with the Angus Glens Walking Festival 2015, when hundreds of walkers from across the UK will explore the stunning Angus countryside, led by highly-experienced, local mountain leaders. The Angus Glens Walking Festival runs from 4 – 7 June and features a full programme of walks for all levels of fitness. Places are still available on several of the walks, which range from beginner strolls to strenuous all...

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The international games: Gourock starts the Highland Games season in Scotland

Gourock Highland Games, now in its 59th year, once again marked the start of the Highland Games season in Scotland. And the season kicked off with an international theme. The expanded field of heavy athletes proved a highly popular series of events with Icelandic athlete Heisi Geirmundsson scooping the top prize. And on the piping completion, the Pipes and Drums of Basel from Switzerland wowed the crowds on the field and in the streets around Gourock. For, thanks to local coach company McGills, a new open top bus took bands, including the Swiss band, around Gourock playing from the open top deck of the bus. The three pipe bands which made the round trip to perform in Gourock Town Centre were Pipes & Drums of Basel, Tranent & District and Uddingston Strathclyde. With a large cruise ship, MSC Splendida visiting Inverclyde for the first time, many visitors to the Gourock Highland Games came from outside of Scotland. One of the traders in the new food and drink village, The Wee Fudge Company, took to social media site Twitter after the games to highlight the range of nationalities attending the games. They said: “Huge thank you to everyone who came to buy at @GourockHGames - we had a fab day …. fudge off to Australia, USA, Austria, France, Italy, Holland, New Zealand … and Gourock! We had a great day...

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