3rd September 2022

"The SHGA is delighted to share this message of support for Highland games from our patron His Royal Highness The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay"

Cancellation of the 2021 Braemar Gathering

In the face of continued concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic, Braemar Royal Highland Charity and the organising committee of the Braemar Gathering have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event.

In line with the vast majority of Highland Games planned in Scotland this year the organisers of the Braemar Gathering feel that the decision to cancel is the best one in the interests and safety of the local community, competitors, spectators and officials, many of whom travel from around the world to the annual gathering in Braemar.

While vaccination programmes are having a huge positive impact on the Covid-19 virus there is still concern over restrictions that may be imposed on major events. Unfortunately considerable event planning decisions and actions have to be taken months ahead of the gathering while such restrictions are still unknowns.

David Geddes President of the Braemar Royal Highland Society said "This has been an extremely difficult decision to make. To cancel a gathering is something which I had hoped I would never have to do in my time as President. Now, to cancel for a second year is heart-breaking. However, there is still uncertainty surrounding the spread of the virus and we must put the wellbeing of our community, visitors and volunteers first.
We know the gathering is a highlight in many people’s year and an event which many make plans for well in advance. We share everyone’s disappointment and offer our hope and thoughts that you stay well and keep safe as the pandemic moves into what we hope is the final phase. As I said last year, like the hills around Braemar, the gathering will be here next year, and we look forward to happier times and to welcoming you back to Braemar on September 3, 2022.”

While the Braemar Junior Highland games, scheduled for July 24 this year, have also been cancelled we hope that the spirit of the games can still be shared with plans in place - restrictions permitting - to open the Highland Games Visitor Centre in Braemar over the coming months, initially for pre-booked parties only with updates at

If you have already bought a ticket for this year’s gathering these will be honoured and valid for 2022 so please keep them, this includes arena car parking and Pavilion tour tickets. If you wish to discuss a refund or donating your order to the charity please contact the bookings secretary at
For any other questions, please contact the Gathering organisers at

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If you have already bought a ticket for this year’s gathering these will be honoured and valid for 2022 so please keep them, this includes arena car parking and Pavilion tour tickets. Likewise, tickets rolled over from 2020 Gathering will still be valid.
The 2022 Gathering will take place on Saturday 3rd September 2022. Tickets for the 2022 Gathering will go on sale 12pm UKT on Monday 6th September 2021. If you would like to be on our mailing list please contact:
If you wish to discuss a refund or donating your order to the charity please contact the bookings secretary at For any other questions, please contact the Gathering organisers at

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The Braemar Gathering, is always held on the first Saturday in September in The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park in Braemar. The event starts at 9.30 a.m. and usually finishes at about 5.00 p.m.

While there have been Gatherings of one sort or another at Braemar since the days of King Malcolm Canmore, nine hundred years ago, the Gathering has been run in its present form since 1832.

During much of that time large crowds have come each year to acclaim their Monarch as Chieftain of the Braemar Gathering.

The organisers of the gathering are the Braemar Royal Highland Society which was initially established as the Braemar Wright Society in July 1815, constituted in 1816 and formal registration in 1817, it remains the oldest surviving Friendly Society in the country. 

In 1826, the name of the Society was changed to the Braemar Highland Society and in 1866, Queen Victoria ordered that the title “Royal” should be added to the name of the Society. Since 1848, The Gathering has been attended regularly by the reigning Monarch and members of the Royal Family.  The foot races at The Gathering are world’s oldest, having been organised on a regular basis by the same body since 1832.


The core functions of the Charity are to;


  • To provide recreational facilities, or to organise recreational facilities, in the interests of social welfare with the objective of improving the conditions of life for the persons for whom the facilities or activities are primarily intended and which are available to members of the public.

  • To foster and promote community development for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Parish of Crathie and Braemar and the surrounding area.

  • To promote the education of the general public about the history, traditions, sports, language, culture and heritage of Scotland.

  • To advance the heritage and culture of Scotland by staging, managing, operating and promoting the Braemar Annual Royal Highland Gathering.

  • To advance public participation in sport through the organisation of professional events and non professional events open to all comers.


We are now proud to showcase our new World Highland Games Centre, located in the games park.  This enables us to display the heritage resources from the accumulated archives, artefacts, trophies and memorabilia relating to the Braemar Gathering.  These heritage items are in the possession of BRHS and date back to the first games which took place under the society auspices in 1832 and a selection are now on display. Our aim is to engage with games organisers worldwide to establish the games centre as a showcase for all aspects of Highland Games heritage and research as a resource for games events worldwide, with interest for Scottish, UK and worldwide audiences.


If this is a project you would like to support or have enjoyed the experience of attending the Gathering and want to help us ensure it is an event which future generations can experience, please help our fundraising efforts by donating a little to our cause. 

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Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park, Braemar


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