Cowal Highland Gathering Thursday 25 - Saturday 27 August 2022 Dunoon Stadium

Cowal Highland Gathering 2021 cancelled

The board of Cowal Highland Gathering (CHG) has today, (16th March 2021), taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event, as a result of the continuing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please see the full statment below.

Tickets already purchased for this year’s event will be valid for 2022, but if anyone has any questions please contact the CHG office at

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We can't wait to welcome you back to the Cowal Gathering this year.

Thursday 25th August - Is the Scottish Open Highland Dancing Championships and the qualifiers for the World Highland Dancing Championships.

Friday 26th August - Is the Scottish National Highland Dancing Championships. There is also a juvenile solo piping competition and the male heavy athletes compete in the afternoon.

Friday 26th August - Gig at the Gathering - 7pm to 11pm - This is a very popular stand alone music event held in the Music Tent on the Friday night. This year's headliners are the fantastic Ho Ro who last played Cowal in 2018. Also playing are Rhuvaal and The American Rogues.  (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)

Saturday 27th August - The Pre-Premier and Argyllshire (confined) highland dancing competitions take place in the morning followed by the finals of the World Highland Dancing Championships in the afternoon.

The Cowal Pipe Band Championship takes place all day and the heavy athletics and traditional wrestling competitions take place in the afternoon.

The afternoon is also when all the family entertainment takes place including the live music tent, being headlined by Tide Lines, the Drakes of Hazard, the Vander Double Wheel of Death, Arties Singing Kettle and a host of other family entertainment that is all included in the cost of your ticket.

Draft Highland Dancing Running Order 2022

Please Note:

1 - This is a draft running order at this time. Exact running order and timings will be confirmed once final competitor numbers are known.

2 - The running order has been changed to reflect the fact that dancers will be 2 years older than they were when the tickets were purchased in 2020. This means some age groups will not be dancing on the platforms that they would usually be on. The dancers should be dancing where they would have danced in 2020 in order to ensure the stand tickets they have are still valid. This will be for this year only and is a result of the last two years having to be cancelled.

Thursday 25th August - Scottish Open and World Highland Dancing Championships Qualifiers.

AM - East Stand - Event 10 (10yrs); Event 11 (11yrs); Event 12 (12yrs); Event 13 (13yrs)

AM - Main Platform - Event 8 (8yrs); Event 9 (9yrs); Event 56 (18yrs +)


PM - East Stand - Event 14 (14yrs); Event 15 (15yrs)

PM - Main Platform - Event 55 (16 & 17yrs)

Friday 26th August - Scottish National Highland Dancing Championships

AM - East Stand - Event C (10yrs); Event D (11yrs); Event E (12yrs); Event F (13yrs)

AM - Main Platform - Event K (18,19 & 20 yrs); Event L (21+yrs)


PM - East Platform - Event G (14yrs); Event H (15yrs); Event I (16yrs)

PM - Main Platform - Event J (17yrs); Event A (8yrs); Event B (9yrs)

Saturday 27th August - World Highland Dancing Championships Finals. Argyllshire Championships and Confined Pre-Premier Competition.

AM - East Stand -  Confined Pre-Premier Competition

AM - Main Platform - Argyllshire Championships


PM - Main Platform - World Championships Final

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Dunoon Stadium - Dunoon, PA23 7RL

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