Kirkcaldy Highland Games back on beach for 2016

Last year's event was a great success. Pic: FPA
Last year's event was a great success. Pic: FPA

Kirkcaldy’s hugely successful Beach Highland Games which was held as a trial last summer could be set to become an official fixture on the calendar.

Organisers will meet with officials from the Highland Games circuit in January to discuss plans to make the Kirkcaldy event an annual one, and say it looks certain to take place on the shoreline again this summer.

Last year’s event included sprints, Highland dancing and heavy events including tossing the caber.

Bill Harvey, manager of Kirkcaldy4All, which promotes Kirkcaldy town centre, said the inaugural event had attracted lots of positive comments from both competitors and spectators.

“We have had an initial meeting, and there is another planning meeting taking place in January when we will be discussing having the Kirkcaldy Beach Highland Games properly included in the official Highland Games circuit,” he said.

“It is dependent on the dates for the other Highland Games which are already on the calendar and fitting our event in around those, and it will also be dependent on the tide times, so if there is an early high tide we would have to have it later in the day and vice versa.

“It was a good event last year, helped by the great weather, and we will be looking to build on that through word of mouth from the competitors who enjoyed it, particularly in the heavy events.”