The crowds that assembled for Saturday’s Glenfinnan Highland Gathering were all champions, not least for braving the rain.
In a day of inclement weather, changing from sunshine to wind and showers within moments, more than 1,000 people went through the gate at the annual gathering.
Organisers said they were happy with the day and the numbers of people taking part.
Traditional musician Fergie MacDonald donned his famous red socks as chieftain.
Mr MacDonald praised the crowd, and said it was an “absolute privilege” to be the chieftain at such an important gathering.
He said: “It was a good day and the weather didn’t dampen spirits. It was so good to see so many friendly faces.”
Angus MacPhail, founding member of traditional music group Skipinnish, put down his accordion for the day to compete in the men’s heavyweight events.
Mr MacPhail said: “It was my first games as a heavyweight competitor in a few years and I’m delighted to get a cup for winning the heavy hammer.
“A few other firsts, a couple of seconds and even a last – in the dreaded shot putt. Came second overall and had a great day. ”
From bus drivers to policemen, there were a huge number of competitors taking part in the piping and Highland dancing competitions.
Large numbers took part in the events – set only a stone’s throw of where Harry Potter’s Tri-Wizard Tournament was filmed.
Visitor Linda Barnes, from Seattle, said she thought the whole day looked “magical”.
She added: “I cannot believe that Highland games really exist. It is so nice to meet so many lovely Scottish men in one place.”
At nighttime, three up-and-coming traditional music super stars, Michael MacLeod on button accordion, Hannah MacRae on fiddle and Lauren Byrne on guitar and voice were in fine form, as The Lochy Ceilidh band wowed games survivors with a good mix of fine dance tunes alongside outstanding singing.
A group of Americans who had made their way to Glenfinnan to join in with the games were delighted to learn the Boston Two Step, The Gay Gordons, the Military Two Step and the Virginia Reel – taught by some very enthusiastic locals.
Results in full
- Piobaireachd: Sandy Cameron
- Marches: Jason Craig
- Strathspey and Reel: Dan Lyden.
- Under 17 marches: Laura Robertson
- Under 17 Strathspey and Reel: Ronnie MacIntosh
- Cameron-Head Scholarship: Laura Robertson
- Fling, Strathspey and Reel, Sean Truibhas Schottishe, Jig: Laura Smith
- Hornpipe: Laura Boyle and Laura Smith
- Strathspey and Reel: Darra Wood, Swords: Dara Wood
- 12-15 -Fling, Strathspey and Reel, Sean Truibhas: Innes MacKenzie
- 12-15 – Swords and Flora: Megan Playle
- 8-11 Fling, Strathspey and Reel, Swords: Eilidh Smith
- 8-11 Sean Truibhas and Flora: Zoe Gibbs
- MacKellaig Cup: Laura Smith
- Adult Swords trophy: Darra Wood
- Glenfinnan House trophy: Innes MacKenzie
- MacGuire Cup: Eilidh Smith.
- 100 yards, half mile: David Farrington
- 200 yards, one mile, hop step leap: Matt Waterston
- Hill Race: Keir Robinson
- 16llb hammer, 22lb hammer, 28lb weight for distance: Angus MacPhail
- 16lb ball, long jump: M Waterston
- Caber, 56lb weight over bar: A Davidson
- High jump: Donald MacDonald.
- 12 -16 100 yards: Ray Husain
- 12 -16 long jump, hill race: Jamie Langley
- 12 -16 high jump: Connor Everett.
- Under 12 high jump: Sam Sheasby
- Under 12 long jump: Freddie Langley
- Under 12 boys/girls race: Alex Calver
- Under 12 half mile: Luca Barricella.
- Peto cup: Alasdair Davidson
- MacLeod Cup: Angus MacPhail
- MacMillan Cup: Matt Waterston
- Conaglen Trophy: Glenfinnan Tug O’ War Team
- Lang Trophy: Alasdair Davidson.