International Heavyweights to Descend on Balloch
An international field of heavyweights will descend on Balloch this week as the competitors for the 2015 Loch Lomond Highland Games start to assemble.
The annual event at Moss O’Balloch, which takes place on Saturday 18 July from 9am until 5pm, is one of the top competitions in Scotland with a prize fund of £15,000 up for grabs.
Events will include wrestling, cycling, tossing the caber, and tug-of-war, but perhaps the most eagerly anticipated competition of the day will be the Scottish Highland Games Association World Heavyweight Championship.
With “heavies” from Poland, America and Iceland it is set to be an exciting and closely contested event.
The schedule also includes the nation's only Highland Games Triathlon and the 80 metre Scottish Sprint Championship.
Spectators will be entertained throughout the day with track and field events including running, jumping, cycling, wrestling, the heavyweight events of ball, hammer, weight and caber, plus the highland dancing and pipe band competitions.
West Dunbartonshire Provost Douglas McAllister said: “The Loch Lomond Highland Games really is an excellent family day out. There is something for everyone, with great competitors everywhere you look and a fun fair as well to keep the children entertained. We always look forward to welcoming visitors from far and wide to West Dunbartonshire for this excellent event and if the sun shines then we will be in for a real treat. I would encourage people to get along early and not miss out on any of the action.”
The Chieftain of the Loch Lomond Highland Games, Major James Macrae said: “The Loch Lomond Highland Games has become one of the top Games in Scotland and every year it seems to get better and better. The World Heavyweight Championship is a truly international field and these guys are real top performers so it will be great to watch. I always enjoy watching the locals taking part in some of the events and making the most of the day. If people have never been to a Highland Games before then I’m sure they will find the whole spectacle quite fascinating. We thank our sponsors, in particular West Dunbartonshire Council, for their continued support, and we look forward to welcoming a big crowd at the Moss o' Balloch once again."
Outside the main arena, spectators will find a wide variety of trade stalls selling a range of modern and traditional goods and food and drink.
The event will close with a mass Pipe band march through the main street in Balloch offering a dramatic end to what promises to be a wonderful event.
Visitors should adhere to parking restrictions in and around the venue in Balloch and follow advice from the stewards.
Tickets cost £5 for adults, £3 for children and over 60s, with a family ticket costing £13 (2 adults and up to 3 children).
West Dunbartonshire Council serves 89,810 residents and a lively business community in an area stretching from the banks of Loch Lomond to the shores of the Clyde. The region is one of great diversity and natural beauty, just half an hour from the heart of Glasgow, and includes the towns of Clydebank, Dumbarton and Alexandria.
It has a rich past, shaped by its world-famous shipyards, and boasts many attractions, ranging from the rugged beauty of Dumbarton Rock to historic whisky warehouses. The Council has big ambitions to deliver first class services, grow the local economy, revitalise the region’s town centres and waterfront, and provide a modern education service for future generations.