Taynuilt Highland Games

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Date(s) - 21/07/2018
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Taynuilt Sports Ground


July 1 Update: Some tickets remain, to be sold on a first come, first served basis at the registration desk at Argyllshire Gathering Halls starting midday, Monday 16th July, cash only (no cards, no cheques).

Entrance to the Games is included in Registration for the Gathering. The shuttle bus from Oban to Taynuilt and back requires registration for the separate shuttle bus event.

The Taynuilt Highland Games are one of the oldest in the world. They are the essence of the games, combining competitions in athletics, piping, and Highland dancing with an annual meeting of family and friends. They begin at 12 noon with a parade down Main Street to the Games field and there are many activities for children. Unlike Highland games in the United States, there are no clan representations.

However, in 2018 we will have a large MacIntyre tent at the Taynuilt Games. There will be many activities at our tent, which will also provide shade from the sun (we hope). We also hope there are some MacIntyres interested in competing in Highland dance or the running races. There will be piping and possibly singing at our tent along with information and discussion about all aspects of MacIntyre history and culture.

The MacIntyre Gathering will be attending the Taynuilt Highland Games on Saturday, 21 July 2018, as the special guests of the Games (as we were in 2008). This promises to be another highly successful collaboration between the MacIntyre Gathering and the Taynuilt Games Society. In 2008, three hundred MacIntyres marched onto the sportsground, representing their respective countries and participating in several activities, events, and races.

For the past several years, The Clan MacIntyre Trust has sponsored a MacIntyre Shield, which is awarded to the most improved Gaelic student. The award ceremony takes place at the Taynuilt Highland Games and is a special event.

The MacIntyre tent at the Taynuilt Highland Games will be open to the public attending the Games. The marquee will feature displays of MacIntyre genealogy and artifacts, and it will offer books and other MacIntyre publications for sale. It is also very possible that we will have the honour of borrowing the Faery Pipes of Kinlochmoidart from the West Highland Museum. Archie McIntyre, the Chairman of the Clan MacIntyre Trust, may be able to present a piping demonstration with these ancient, magical pipes.  

While the MacIntyre-specific activities are of special interest to us, the Games themselves are a great outing. Combine the athletic and dancing competitions with the setting in the hills of Argyll and you have an incredibly unique atmosphere.

Taynuilt Highland Games website http://www.taynuilthighlandgames.com/ 

Entrance to the Games is included in Registration for the Gathering, but please still register below so that we know how many are attending. The shuttle bus from Oban to Taynuilt and back requires registration for the separate shuttle bus event. We encourage even those folks with cars to use the shuttle bus, thereby reducing strain on the infrastructure of the Games; parking in the small town of Taynuilt the day of the Games is always problematic, even more so when descended upon by a horde of MacIntyres. Additionally, the shuttle bus allows everyone the freedom for a wee tipple while still arriving home safely.

You can buy event tickets only if you have already registered for the Gathering. Please ensure you have done this before trying to buy tickets. Your username and password were emailed when you created a user account after registering.


These activities are still “proposed” until we have sufficient registrations to cover costs of running each event or activity. We will do our very best to provide activities as listed; however, they may be cancelled or modified due to bad weather, lack of attendance, changes in availability of transport, or any other factors beyond our control.

If a tour is undersubscribed and is cancelled, we will work with you to find a replacement activity or tour.

Please read the event descriptions carefully and use your own good judgment as to whether an activity is within or outside your physical ability. If you feel it might be beyond your ability please tell us as soon as possible. We will do everything in our power to provide modifications or assistance, but in some cases it won’t be possible or feasible for some people to take part in some activities.


Bookings are closed for this event.

2 thoughts on “Taynuilt Highland Games

  1. if we bought tickets for the shuttle, do you still want a ‘booking’ above?

    We are coming from California, and were Happily surprised that we will be in Oban for the weekend events at least!

    Very Excited! My wife’s Mom was a McIntire, [with the 2nd i] and she has been doing some of the ancestry work but not quite back to Scotland, but we knew we had to go to Oban. and the spirit timed it well for this event!

    1. I see that you’re booked for the Games, David. Excellent!

      Counting the days!

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