President's Welcome

Welcome to Invercharron Games, the last Traditional Highland Games of the season in Scotland.  The Invercharron Highland Games has been organised by our Games committee made up entirely of volunteers and I thank them for all of their fantastic work and efforts during the year.   

The Invercharron Games began in 1888 and were revived in 1981 and have been running annually since, with 1 exception.   The Invercharron Games’ opening ceremony, includes the performance of the ‘Beating of the Targe’.  The origin of the Targe has been lost in the mists of time, but history records it being used in Greek battles.  Scottish history relates it being used at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 by Robert the Bruce and his clansmen and it was also used at the Battle of Culloden in 1745.  The warrior Targe had a boss to which was attached a metal spike of about 6 to 8 inches long making it a formidable weapon in hand-to-hand combat.  Many clans have their own design on their Targe, which was originally beaten to call the clansmen to discussions on how to benefit the lives of each member, as well as a call to arms to safeguard the land, its people and all of the clansmen’s belongings.  The Invercharron Targe is made from wood, covered in deerskin and was studded in 1981 by one of the committee members.   The sword used in our ceremony was presented by a past president, Ian Brinklow. 

Our athletes look forward to these Games in a relaxed and informal environment, although the competition is extremely keen and well contested.  This is the second year of the newly formed Highland League competition for Heavy Sports with Invercharron hosting the finals.  We look forward to welcoming many heavy athletes and witnessing highly expert and entertaining competition.  Good luck to all. We will also be hosting the National Scottish Finals of the 110 stone Tug O War Competition and anticipate a great battle.  

Last year we welcomed visitors from over 24 countries including Taiwan, Australia; USA; Canada; Finland; Austria; Switzerland; Slovenia; Denmark; France; Germany; Lithuania; Netherlands; Alaska; Norway; Spain; Japan; China and many more.  This year we look forward to once again welcoming many more local, national and international visitors and hope that you all have a fun filled, action-packed day.     

We hope you all enjoy the wide range of sports, athletic performances, displays of strength and the amazing piping and dancing you will be treated to.  The annual Children’s Art competition entries will be on show in the Catering Tent so please do make sure you persue what is always a wonderful exhibition

We always have a wide range of trade stands, catering, children's entertainment, laser clays and much more.  Please take time to also seek out Magician Mr Clive who will be wandering the crowd enthralling all or visit him in the Craft tent.      

Build some wonderful memories and join us at the games on 16th September 2017.

A hundred thousand welcomes –Ceud Mile Failté  Andrew Shaw, President

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