Pre Games Event:
Friday evening 24th May, 2019
The installation of our new Chieftain will take place on the Friday evening preceding the Games. It will commence with a march of former Chieftains from Broomfield Place to Meadow Park. Former Chieftains and invited guests will gather at Balbardie pub from 6.30pm, where tea and coffee will be served, and thereafter have a “celebration of Highland Games” event in the marquee.
The route of the parade will start from the Broomfield Place and follow the same route as previous years.
Programme: 24th May 2019
7pm March of the Chieftains
7.30 Introduction – History of the Games
7.35 Band quartet
7.45 Highland dancers
8.05 Junior and Senior choirs
8.15 Light supper
8.30 Hand over of the Chieftains
8.45 -10.00 Ceilidh dancing
10.00 Closing statement from Chair
The Big Day...
Saturday 25th May, 2019
The Park Opens to the public at 9am.
The official opening ceremony, carried-out by the Chieftains, will take place at 10.30am.
Traditional events will commence as shown opposite.* Times for other events and attractions will be added as these are confirmed.
Draft Programme: 25th May 2019
*(may be subject to change)
09.00 Park opens to the public
10:30 Official Opening Ceremony
10.00 Highland Dancing Begins
10.00 Pipe Band presentations begin
12.30 Heavy Athletics
14.30 Veterans Hill Race
Saturday 25th May, 2019
Tickets available on the day:
Children 5-16 £3.00
Children under 5 free
Family (2 adults/2 children) £14
Entry prices will be reduced to ½ price after 3.30pm.
Concessions available for carers
Other Optional Charges
Parking within designated event parking area £5
Event programme £1
Coach parking FREE
Disabled Parking & Access
Available in Showground Area close to entrance with level access.
New format for Pipe band performances
West Lothian Highland Games is introducing a fresh new format for pipe band performances this year.
In place of the traditional pipe band competition, four well-known pipe bands have been invited to perform in both morning and afternoon sessions. Performances will consist of traditional March, Strathspey and Reels and a freestyle performance.
In addition to this, there will also be a performance from New Age Instrumental band, Drumz ‘n’ Roses. This is a modern band with a unique Scottish twist - encouraging audience engagement and participation.
This has been put in place to ensure patrons of West Lothian Highland Games can continue to enjoy quality pipe band music at the event.
Over the last few years, the number of pipe bands entering highland games competitions has been steadily declining.
This has been discussed with the Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA), who has confirmed the decline is part of a national trend. RSPBA are supportive of our move to a performance format, and we hope that a pipe band competition can be re-established in West Lothian in the future.
We hope that piping fans will enjoy the new format and will continue to come along to show their support on the last Saturday in May.
Further details of performing bands will be released once arrangements are finalised.