Blackford Highland Games

Saturday 28th May 2022


About Us

The famous Blackford Highland Games have been held since 1870 on the park, an area of land loaned to the community by the landowner. A condition of the loan is that the Highland Games are held there annually in May. In 2020 we celebrate 150 years of Highland tradition. We welcome visitors from all over the world to our Games with a full list of events including throwing the hammer, tossing the caber, putting the shot, tug o’ war, athletics, track and field events, Highland dancing, trade and refreshment stands.

150 years of tradition

We at Blackford Highland Games pride ourselves in our historic roots and our respect for the traditions of the Highland games. Our heavyweight and athletic competitions are regulated by the Scottish Highland Games Association of which Blackford is a founder member. Our gathering attracts some of the best heavy athletes in Europe and our track and cycling is equally well attended. Cycling at Blackford continues to go from strength to strength with a record number of competitors at the 2019 meeting.

The village

 Blackford is a very flat village (on Moray St.) and the pavements are wide. Dis-abled parking is available in the park on a first come first served basis. The stewards will help you park. Please bear in mind though, the games park is mainly grass with un-tarmacked roads. Conditions underfoot depend on the weather. Disabled toilets are available. E-mail us if you have any other questions.

Local bus services are provided by Dochertys Midland Scottish and rail services by Scotrail-

The Highland Games Park, Blackford, Perthshire, PH4 1QF
Grid Ref, NN 89532 08833
Lat 56.259106 Lon -3.7848356


Blackford Highland Games, 150 years of tradition

Ceres in Fife claim to have the oldest Highland Games. They began under a charter awarded by Robert the Bruce (above) in recognition of the villagers' support at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. The "modern" Highland Games we know today is largely a Victorian creation. Produced at the the height of Queen Victoria's obsession with all things Scottish, most date from this period. Blackford is among the originals dating from 1870.