The Games begin with a parade of bands, clan representatives and others that leads into the Massed Band Salute and Chieftain's Address that officially opens the day. Throughout the day there will be fun for all the family - there will be Highland and Country Dancing, Pipe Band displays, Strong Man events with the Tartan Warriors to enjoy as well as tug-of-war, three-legged races, and the famed Kilted Dash to participate in. A multitude of stores and stands will surround the area selling all manner of Scottish heirlooms and souvenirs, clothing and garb, and food and drink to complete your day.
“There is nothing quite like the sound of the massed pipes & drums marching towards you! The hair stands up on the back of your neck, the fighting spirit in you comes to the fore and don't be surprised to see a few tears running down cheeks. This the moment the crowd has come to see” - Charles Cooke, President of the Aberdeen Highland Games.