Message from the Chairman 2019 – Douglas Lyle

Greetings from Buteful Bute!!!

Thank you for logging on to our Highland Games website.

Last year, due to circumstances outwith our control, we were obliged to switch the date of our event, but I am delighted that we have now been able to revert to the traditional date for Bute Highland Games, which is the second last weekend during August: Therefore, this year’s spectacular event will take place on Saturday, 24th August at the Public Stadium, Rothesay.

I am both honoured and humbled to be the Chairman of Bute Highland Games. It is indeed a privilege to serve our community by working to help fulfil this tremendously important feature in the local calendar of Bute.

Our Games organising committee were especially pleased this year to welcome Samantha Embury as our Honorary Chieftain. Samantha is the granddaughter of the Sixth Marquess of Bute, who sadly passed away in 1993. She heads the Bute Family Charitable Trust, which gives tremendous support to a host of worthy causes locally.

Her grandfather was a keen supporter of Bute Highland Games and I know he would have been immensely proud of Samantha as she takes her place as our Honorary Chieftain on Games day. I am sure he would also have been delighted by the selfless charitable work which she carries out through the Charitable Trust set up by him during 1981.

This year, our Games will be packed with a host of events for the entertainment of our visitors – Pipe Band competitions, Bute Championship Highland Dancing, traditional-style Wrestling, a superb 10K Road Race and a tremendous Heavy Events Championship.

In addition, we will have trade stalls, kiddies’ attractions, on-field catering and refreshments.

Modern Highland Games began on Bute during 1947. There were earlier Games but their history is unclear. Our event is now the highlight of Bute’s summer programme.

There is an army of extremely dedicated volunteers, who give so much of their time and energy to make such a successful event. There has been a great deal of hard work to bring you our Highland Games, but a great deal of fun also!

I very much hope that you may decide to join us on the 24th August and I look forward to meeting you there.

With very best wishes,

Douglas Lyle
Bute Highland Games