Welcome to the Argyllshire Gathering Oban Games
A TRADITIONAL HIGHLAND GAMES
Thursday 24 August 2023
Dancers, Pipe Bands, Solo Pipers & Athletes
A day of Highland dancing, athletics, heavy field events and solo piping competitions, the Argyllshire Gathering's Oban Games is a highlight of the summer for the people of Oban, Argyll and visitors from around the world. As hammers are thrown, cabers are tossed and runners race for the line, the skirl of the pipes fills the air and the flash of clan colours on kilts come in to view.
A great family day out
Highlights include the March of the Stewards led by competing world class pipers, cheering on the runners in the Hill Race, hearing Oban High School Pipe Band entertain the crowds, watching teams fight it out in the Tug of War, fun races for all ages and enjoying tasty local food and drink.
A traditional gathering of the clans
The Argyllshire Gathering, formed in 1871, was originally set up to bring together the families of Argyll – a county that covered a vast area. Rivalries existed between clans and a Gathering with traditional sports managed to keep a sense of unity and peace.
The Gathering today is a celebration of Highland heritage and tradition with dances, pipe tunes and athletic events dating back centuries. It's a day of fierce competition and friendly rivalry, a day to renew old acquaintances and make new friends.
Whether you are local to Oban, a visitor, a kinsman or a competitor, The Argyllshire Gathering warmly welcomes you to join them for the spectacular Oban Games.