Thousands of visitors from around the world ensured the 2019 Strathmore Highland Games in the grounds of Glamis Castle was one to remember.
Despite earlier fears the event may fall victim to the elements, the show went ahead as scheduled on Sunday in what has been described as a “phenomenal success”.
The crowds began arriving shortly after 9am to be treated to a spectacular event of heavies and Highland dancers, races and rousing piping competitions.
Simon Patrick, 19th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne and games chieftain, officially opened the event by welcoming all those who had travelled from around the world to his ancestral home.
Visitors from Australia, America, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, France, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and Zimbabwe, to name but a few, mingled with local residents who enjoyed the packed programme of events.
In his address, he said: “As chieftain, and on behalf of everyone involved, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Glamis for the 2019 games.
“I always think it is so fitting this ancient castle, part of our nation’s history, plays host to an event steeped in the traditions of the country.
“The committee, under the guidance of Mr Charlie Murray, work tirelessly to make the games the spectacle we have all come to expect and each year I am sure they will exceed your expectations.”
Committee member Lorna Cochrane was “overwhelmed” by the turnout.
She said: “Everyone is totally relishing this year’s games.
“Our entries are up on the field, the trade stalls are queued to the door.
“We are absolutely delighted to see such a spectacle of Highland games held right on the doorstep of Glamis Castle once again.”