Argyll is a large county, with its people spread over long distances from each other. The Argyllshire Gathering was established in the 19th Century to bring families together and socialise; as was the way of things, also to compete. Today, the Oban Games is still organised by the Argyllshire Gathering’s members, as an event to bring people in Argyll together and as a way to promote highland sport and culture through competition.
Since then every August, Oban is the place to be to enjoy a highland games that is unsurpassed by any other. In the Track and Field events and in the Dancing many of the competitions are for Scottish championship titles and in the solo Piping, the competitions are for World championship titles. These are the pre-eminent piping competitions in the world and the only ones of this standard still to be held in the great outdoors. Anyway the games start at 11 with the march of the steward (cheftains) through Oban and it is either a sweltering hot day or like today the ehavens open and it is a miserable yet proud march to the stadium. At least this afternoon the rain helpd off and the long race up the hill was run in pretty good conditions.