The Games started in 1973 as a small fundraising event for local communities.
Fast forward 50 years and it’s now the biggest single day out in East Dunbartonshire. This family orientated event is immensely popular with the local community of Milngavie, Bearsden and the surrounding areas – we also attract visitors from around the world.
The next games will take place on Saturday 10th June 2023 at the West of Scotland Football Club, Glasgow Rd, Milngavie, Glasgow G62 6AQ. Throughout the day, we have all the traditional highland games events; from wrestling, pipe bands, heavies, arm wrestling to Scottish dancing. The games also play host to the World Haggis Hurling Championship and everyone is encouraged to have a go! There’s also fairground rides and shows, great food and drinks venues, craft and trade stalls, as well as exhibitors and displays.
The Bearsden & Milngavie Highland Games are organised by volunteers who give up their time free of charge to make the event a fun-filled day out for all who come.
If you are interested in supporting this year’s games, you’ll find more information here.
If you would like to take a trade stall at this year’s games, click here.
Jennifer Reoch – TV and Radio presenter, and former Miss Scotland is our chieftain and master of ceremonies for 2023.
We are delighted to welcome Jennifer as our Chieftain for our 50th Anniversary. Jennifer presents Heart Radio Scotland’s drive-time show every week day from 4-7pm.
You may also have seen her on The One Show, This Morning or The Riverside Show, or you might recognise her as the face of The Scottish Children’s Lottery.
Those with longer memories might remember Jennifer was our Chieftain once before, and we are delighted to have her back for this our 50th year since the B&M Games began. Keep your eyes peeled on Saturday for a few of our other past Chieftains too!
Join us for a great day out!
Events and activities run throughout the day. The timetable below is typical of the events we run each year. You can also listen out for announcements on the day.
We are very proud to be the home of the World Haggis Hurling Championship. Each year we encourage everyone to have a go – even the Chieftain!
What a turnout for the 2022 Haggis Hurling World Championship. We had entrants from all over the world taking part: Ukraine, France, Germany, Spain, USA, Hong Kong, Australia, South Africa, Nepal, Brazil – the list was endless!!
Back to defend his 2019 title was Garry McClay (pictured accepting his trophy from the games chieftain Alan Rough) and once again he retained it with an immense hurl at 187.5ft! Closely followed by Connor from Gullane (on the right) for his second year in second place – we know who’ll be in training for next year! Third place this year goes to our very own, hardworking volunteer Matt Howick (on the left)!!
Well done everyone – we all had a blast!!
The present world record for haggis hurling was set at 217 feet (66 metres) by Lorne Coltart at the games on 11th June 2011, beating Allan Pettigrew’s 180-foot (55-metre) record which had stood for over twenty years. Could 2023 be your year?
The official Highland Games car park is a short to moderate walk away from the venue and is well sign-posted, there is disabled parking close to the event.