Crowds set to flock to Burntisland for Highland Games

Burntisland Highland Games takes place on the Links on Monday.  Pic by Walter Neilson
Burntisland Highland Games takes place on the Links on Monday. Pic by Walter Neilson
  • Burntisland to host 363rd Highland Games
  • Healthy entry of competitors expected
  • Games officially open at noon

Fingers are crossed in Burntisland that the sun will shine on Monday for the town’s annual Highland Games.

The Links will be bustling as residents and visitors alike gather for the popular event, which will feature all the usual games events and stalls, providing a great day out for the whole family.

Highland dancing is of course set to take place at Burntisland Games again this year.  Pic by Walter Neilson.

Highland dancing is of course set to take place at Burntisland Games again this year. Pic by Walter Neilson.

This year’s event is the 363rd Burntisland Highland Games and organisers are expecting a healthy entry of competitors for the dancing, athletics, heavy events and the popular Binn Hill Race.

And dancers from across Scotland, as well as further afield are set to show off their talents.

There are also a number of athletes and cyclists who have signed up for the many track and field events.

Janice Jeffrey, Burntisland Games treasurer and wife of president and chieftan David, told the Press: “The preparations are going well.

We just have to hope it stays dry.

Janice Jeffrey

“Our programme is finished and it’s looking lovely, although there are a few things that are still to be done.

“Then on Sunday morning we will be down at the arena setting things up for Monday.

“We have a lot of people that help which is really appreciated.

“We just have to hope it stays dry.”

Picture by Fife Photo Agency

Picture by Fife Photo Agency

And for 2015 visitors can expect to see a few changes around the Links for the event.

Janice explained: “This year we’ve got local businesses to have banners around the arena fencing, which will just make things a little more colourful.

“We had thought about doing it before, but we’ve now got 16 or 17 businesses involved.”

On Monday events will be running throughout the day with the pitch and putt beginning at 9.30am.

The annual Exiles Reception for those who are returning to the town for the big event will take place in the Burgh Chambers at 11am before the parade leaves the chambers in the High Street and makes its way to the Games arena on the Links at around 11.45am.

Children’s races will take place just after noon and the dancing runs from 11am.

The track and field events will begin after the official opening which takes place at noon.

Members of the public travelling to Burntisland for the day are asked to consider taking public transport on Monday as parking may be difficult with the number of visitors expected.