As much as we know you love spending time relaxing on our beautiful site, there’s lots to see and do in and around Ayrshire. That’s why we wanted to tell you about one of our favourite annual events, the Ardrossan Highland Games.

The games are always on the second Sunday in June, which means that this year they’ll be held on 12th June at the Memorial Playing Fields in Ardrossan.

For those of you who have been before, all of your favourite events will be taking place. If you’ve never been to a Highland Games, you’re in for a real treat. The first thing most people think of when we mention the games is the famous caber tossing, which is part of the ‘heavy events’ competition, alongside the hammer throwing and shot put. There are sure to be some impressive muscles on display! Given its name, it might surprise you to know that the distance thrown in the caber toss isn’t important. Competitors are judged according to whether they manage to throw the caber precisely in the 12 o’clock position and get it to turn end over end.

Pipes, Drums & Highland Dancing

For those of you who are fans of the pipes and drums, this year’s games will have a pipe band competition as well as prizes for the best solo juvenile piper.

The Highland Dancing competition is always really popular with an impressive range of dances including flings, hornpipes, an Irish jig and the famous sword dancing. Most of the competitors will have been dancing since they were tiny and it’s amazing to see how quickly and nimbly those feet can move.

So much to see & do!

If you want to spend some time away from the competitions and have a wander around, there’s plenty to do. There’s a craft tent that usually has a wide variety of different stalls, everything from glassware, bags, children’s toys and clothes through to delicious homemade fudge and tablet. You’ll have a friend for life if you bring some back for us! There are usually stalls for local organisations and charities too.

We find that the organisers always make the effort to have other attractions alongside the games themselves. Previous events have had displays from the wonderfully named Drakes of Hazard, a sheepdog display where they herd ducks instead of sheep and the fantastic Owl Magic with their beautiful birds of prey. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Trust also came to the games in 2013, the year they were formed. They are a team of volunteers dedicated to preserving and restoring vintage fire engines, uniforms and other equipment. Their displays have included appliances pulled by shire horses, which was certainly an impressive sight.

We hope we’ve inspired you to visit the games whilst you’re with us, it’s an excellent day out and an experience you’ll never forget!

The Crosbie Towers Family

The Crosbie Towers Family