A bumper crowd of 10,000 plus attended the festivities at Bught Park which saw the popular TruckNess event relocated from Dores to join the Inverness Highland Games and Inverness Gala for a special one off visit.

The weekend started and finished with two unforgettable record breaking moments. The festivities got underway with performances by the Inverness Military Wives and University of Leuven Belgian Choirs and the induction into the Inverness Highland Games Hall of Fame of Games Chairman Angus Dick and Games Scorer John Findlayson.

This was followed by presentation of the Provostís Medal to Inverness Harrier Paul Davidson to mark his success in the International Neurological Athletic Association of Sports European Championships in Ankara, Turkey.

The records then started to fall as the crowd enjoyed the biggest Mass Highland Fling to date as hundreds of delighted spectators ran on to the field to perform for Games Chieftain Provost Helen Carmichael.

After witnessing 120 competitors in the Games Highland Dancing Competitions showing them how it should be done; the laughter from the field and packed grandstand told you everything you needed to know about their enthusiastic efforts.

After an exciting day of fiercely contested competition in the main stadium Sinclair Patience was crowned Champion Heavy after winning the weight over the bar, Scots Hammer and Inverness Stone; before completing the Inverness Stonemasonís Stone Challenge to end his day.

Third time visitor Brad Goldsmith of Virginia USA failed on his first attempt at the Stonemasonís stone becoming only the 6th man in the modern era to complete the daunting 252lb Challenge to the delight of the crowd. Brad also won the Tossing the Caber event while Jamie Gunn from Caithness emerged victorious in the Weight For Distance.

Amongst the many additional attractions on offer over the weekend were a fly past by the Coastguardís helicopter, a Veterans Parade, a Wheelbarrow Grand Prix, an Armed Forces Village, a Shinty Sixes competition and a Boxing Tournament.

The packed programme of activities was the biggest package of entertainment that the Highland Council has ever organised on a single weekend and passed off as planned without incident much to everyone's delight.

Roll on next year

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Our 2016 Inverness Summer Festival Supplement will appear on June 29th.

You are going to love discovering the wide range of great events we have planned for you and your family to enjoy!

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Beer Festival Dates announced 

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We are delighted to announce that TruckNess is moving from Dores to become part of the Inverness Highland Games and Gala Weekend at Bught Park on 16-17 July.
Entries are now being accepted from Truckers wishing to display at this event which will be located on Bught Road on Inverness Highland Games Day Saturday 16th July (all day) and on the morning of Inverness Gala Sunday 17th July. The trucks will be depart at 12:00 in order to make way for the first running of the Inverness Wheelbarrow Grand Prix.

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Cartie Racing is coming to Croy on 14 August

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This yearís Inverness Winter Festival climaxed with an estimated 12,000 spectators attending Scotlandís biggest free Hogmanay Party, The Red Hot Highland Fling in Northern Meeting Park Arena on 31st December.

Comedian Craig Hill hosted the four and a half hour show which featured headliners Capercaillie who were joined by two former winners of the Scottish Trad Music Live Band of the Year Award Breabach and Skerryvore.

Capercaillie featured the peerless voice of co-founder Karen Matheson who demonstrated why she is universally recognised and loved as one of the finest Gaelic singers alive today; and the band had the crowd jigging and reeling along to their set for with obvious delight.

The midnight moment featured a spectacular fireworks display and the traditional singing of Auld Lang Syne.

After the event it was announced that the show taken place without any incidents requiring attention by the Stewards or the Emergency Services personnel in attendance on the night to the delight of all. CLICK ON RELATED LINK BELOW TO SEE FOOTAGE FROM THE SHOW

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