Each summer the North-West Highland fishing village of Lochinver hosts the Assynt Highland Games. Also known as the 'Friendly Games', these take place in Culag Park on the second Friday in August, and provides a fun day for all the family.
You can visit the Craft & Produce tent or make your way around the field and watch the athletic events as well as various other displays and competitions including Piping, Fly-casting and Highland Dancing.
The Hill Race and Tug-of-War mark the end of the day's events on the Games Field but Games Day would not be complete without the Dance held on Games Night at Lochinver Village Hall.
Surrounded by stunning scenery – unspoilt beaches and iconic mountains such as Quinag and Suilven – there is so much more to do while you spend time with us in Assynt. But be sure to make a note in your diary for Friday 11th August 2017.
Chieftain - 2017
William Maclean Smith - better known as Bill - has been selected as Assynt's Highland Games Chieftain for 2017. Although an 'East-coaster' - Bill's long-standing love of Assynt stretches back over 45 years. He first visited in 1972, and has been infatuated with the area ever since. So much so, he created his own Scottish paradise - Clachtoll Cottage and Croft on the shore of Clachtoll Bay, north of Lochinver.
Bill was born and educated in Dundee, studying Art and Design at Duncan of Jordanstone. For 36 years, until his retirement in 2009, Bill was Head of Art and Design Education at Ellon Academy. During this time he was also in charge of the school's outdoor education and extra-curricular cultural trips. Through the Ellon Academy West Coast Adventure Camp, Bill has introduced thousands of pupils and their parents to the delights of this area.
Not one to accept retirement gracefully, Bill continues to lead an active lifestyle. As a highly experienced first aid instructor, he's a familiar figure on the ski slopes of Glenshee and the Alps. He is also an Approved Antarctic Polar Guide. At least twice year, Bill spends time in the North or South Polar Regions. In the Arctic he’s licensed to carry a pistol and rifle to protect groups against the real danger of marauding polar bears. He’s also renowned for appearing, on occasion in sub-zero temperatures, bare-chested in a kilt and yellow wellies.
Organiser of countless fund-raising events, to date Bill has helped raise over £500,000 for charity. These events have included windsurfing from Peterhead to the Claymore oil production platform in the North Sea - a distance of 120 miles - and organising the annual Charity Raft Race on the Ythan River at Ellon.
Closer to home, Bill is an Honorary Member of the Assynt Crofters’ Trust and current President of the Assynt Highland Games Committee. Bill declares: “I am delighted, and slightly bemused, to be honoured with the Assynt Highlands Games Chieftain title for 2017. I’ll endeavour to fulfil the role in a manner befitting such a great honour.”
We hope that you will join us in congratulating Bill on his selection, and acceptance as The Assynt Highland Games 2017 Chieftain.
Win a £100 Highland Stoneware Voucher
Look out for souvenir programmes for the 2017 Assynt Games on sale at local shops during the weeks leading up to the Games and at the gate on Games Day. Each programme is numbered and a draw will take place during the afternoon of Games Day. The holder of the winning programme will need to be on the field during the draw to claim their prize - a £100 Highland Stoneware Voucher.............. Good Luck.