The most traditional Scottish Summer Occassion each town holds a Highland Games with their own unique events, but all include Pipe Bands, Highland Dancing and the Heavy events such as Tossing The Caber.
If you want to see swinging kilts, hear bag pipes playing and drummers drumming this is the event you should not miss.
First Saturday in September.
This popular and colourful event always has a memeber of the Royal Family as the Chieftan.
Second Thursday in August in Monaltrie Park.
Many famous athletes and champions compete at Ballater and the events form part of the Glenfiddich Heavy Events Championship.
The Pipe Bands Beat Retreat around 7pm on the Ballater Church Green.
Last Saturday in August.
A very friendly local gathering with the extra colour of a farm show.
Third Friday in August.
A small gathering held on the banks of the River Isla.
First Sunday in September.
A large event that includes cycling and track events and fairgroud rides and stalls.
Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our holiday at the Dower House – the children in particular loved playing by the river and between us we managed to cover most possible activities – Munros were climbed, fish pursued, pools and waterfalls jumped into, tennis played, tracks walked and birds, stoats and voles watched with interest. We were very comfortable – appreciated the fire on a couple of nights.Emily Malcolm