The community is invited to gather around the Assynt Highland Games


The future of Assynt Highland Games is “unsustainable and uncertain” without more help and support from the community, organizers said.

An open event is being held at Lochinver Village Hall on Friday evening in hopes of raising awareness of the need to support popular games.

The dance competition is a favorite of the Assynt Highland Games.

The public event will be followed by the AGM of the games. The games are expected to take place this year.

Known as the “Friendly Games”, the event is traditionally held at Culag Park, Lochinver on the second Friday in August.

A unique aspect of the Assynt Games is that the leader arrives by boat at the port of Lochinver.

Tonight’s meeting is an opportunity to discuss the help and support needed to organize the games, which last took place in 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A spokesperson said assistants and committee members were needed to make the games sustainable.

However, it was emphasized that it would not be necessary for volunteers to attend the AGM of the games or join the management committee.

Organizers say there are a wide variety of opportunities and areas people can get involved in both before and on the day.

These range from field set-up, social media administration, press officer, secretary, first aiders, check-in and records and administration to future planning, to history and tradition.

Refreshments will be offered at the meeting and AGM on Friday, which is scheduled to take place from 6-8 p.m.

Organizers of the Helmsdale Highland Games are also calling on volunteers to help with the event which celebrates its 40th anniversary on Saturday August 20.

Help is needed in Helmsdale with the raffle and merchandising, adult hill climb, park stewards and races.

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