Highland Gathering Activites
Pipe Band Competitions
Featuring some of WA's award winning Pipe Bands, the Pipe Band competitions will take place on Frog Hollow (next to Minnawarra Park).
Come the end of the day, the Pipe Bands display a powerful tribute to its Scottish ties by presenting the Massed Pipe Band procession.
Artisans, Blacksmiths, Knights and Ladies all await your visit into the Medieval Fair as you are transported back in time and into this hive of activity. A fine display of skill in the medieval arts and crafts, watch as the knights battle in the arena or visit the armory for your chance of some excitement.
There is plenty of food at the Highland Gathering. From traditional haggis and square sausage to fudge tablet and black pudding - you can try a variety of Scottish delicacies.
If these don't peak your interest we have more including, sausage sizzle, multi-cultural foods, churros, icecream and the list goes on
Free Children Activities
The kids can try their hands with some Scottish fun as well with loads of activities throughout the day including free boffer sword fighting, face painting and mini golf.
Take part in the HIGHLANDER QUEST lead by our Clan leaders to win a sweet Scottish treat! Pick up your activity book at the Information Tent.
Highland Dancing Competitions
A competitive solo dance, Highland Dancing is one of the most vibrant events at the Gathering, where dancers of various ages dance at beginner, intermediate and premier levels.
Be sure to come and watch these accomplished competitors as they dance towards their victory.
This years Highland Dancing competitions are being held by the WA Metropolitan Regional Committee of Highland Dancing Incorporate (WAMRCHDI). For more information about the WAMRCHDI please visit their website here.
Clans Village and Market Stalls
For all things Scottish (and for fun) we have a rowdy village full of clans and craft stalls.
If you have some Scottish heritage but haven't joined your ancestors clan, come and connect with your kinship.
Do you want your families Coats of Arms, Scottish novelty souvenirs, tartans, jewelry, pet treats and more, than this is the place to be.
Live entertainment of the Scottish variety will captivate audiences throughout the Armadale Highland Gathering event, including performances from highland dancers, fiddlers, and popular local band, the Jarrah Celts with their music of Celtic, Irish and Scottish descent. Take a seat down the front, you don’t want to miss a minute.
The Heavy Events showcase the athletic skills of our tartan warriors as they compete in a traditional strongman competition. Visitors will bear witness to astounding strength and determination as competitors battle in the following events:
8am: Warm up
9am: Weight for distance
10am: Cumberland wrestling
10.15am: Putting the stone
11am: Stones of strength - Women only
11.30am: Weight for height
1pm: Overhead heave - Women only
1.30pm: Armadale stones
2pm: Caber toss
*Please note: these are approximate times depending on entry numbers.
For each competition you can have a chance at winning 1st place ($100), 2nd place ($50) and 3rd place ($25), and have your name engraved on the City's Heavy Events trophy's.
For your chance to be a part of the Heavy Events, please contact Jay Waller through their Facebook group.
Meet & Greet Scottish Dogs
Scottish doggies of many sizes and colours will be joining the festivities, they and their owners look forward to meeting you just across the bridge in Minnawarra Park!
Wee Archibald the Mascot of the Armadale Highland Gathering will be back and can't wait to meet you all.
Dog Agility Demonstrations will be held at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Always a popular display at this event, you will treated to a sporting display of experienced dogs and a few new rookies, perform a variety of skills in the arena.
West Highland Terriers, Scottish Terries, Cairn Terries, Border Collines, Rough Collies, Shetland Sheep Dogs and Scottish Deerhounds are only some of the dogs visiting the Highland Gathering this year.
Owners are happy for you to come and enjoy their friendly doggies and find our more about these amazing breeds and how to look after them.