With a twirl of tartan, competitors tearing down the track, the clang of a caber, and the peppering of pipes filling the air, more than 7,000 people enjoyed the Inverness Highland Games 2022.
Visitors from across the globe brushed shoulders with locals to enjoy a packed programme of events and experiences.
Games Chieftain and Provost of Inverness Cllr Glynis Sinclair welcomed the crowds before the Heavies and track and field events began.
The crowd in the grandstand roared their approval and support of the athletes throughout the day – be sure to check out the results here.
Congratulations goes to Poppy Scotland who came in first place in the charity relay – if you can, please support all our charity racers here.
Outwith the Games there was a mini-village filled with vendors and exhibitors highlighting the best of the Highlands.
From Scottish Country Dancing, to the Spirit of the Highlands immersive pod, the Highland Food and Drink Trail and arts and crafts.
A meet and greet with the Stoltman brothers, Tom and Luke – arguably the most prominent and successful strongmen in the world – was, dare we say, the most popular crowd-pleaser of the day.
High Life Highland Events Manager Amy MacLeod said: “In what has been a challenging time for the events sector, we are all absolutely delighted at how successful Saturday’s Games went. “We welcomed over 7,000 people through the gates and without exception, the feedback from the public and vendors has been overwhelmingly positive. “The atmosphere in every area of the park was just incredible and I hope everyone who attended had a great time. “I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our volunteers and staff who helped run the Games and to all of our exhibitors and vendors. “This was the first year High Life Highland has delivered the city’s Highland Games on behalf of the City of Inverness Area Committee Events and Festivals Working Group and the Highland Games Committee and I hope we have delivered an event that made them and the people of Inverness proud.
“We are already looking forward to the 2023 Games and we’re buzzing with ideas.”