Inaugural Scottish Leader Highland Games and cultural festival

There is a new event on the Gauteng cultural calendar – the Scottish Leader Highland Games SA at Glenburn Lodge in the Cradle of Humankind on Saturday 21 June 2014.  KZN Midlands has been enjoying these Highland Games for seven years now.  It is long overdue that Gauteng residents are also given this privilege.  I am planning to be there, Deo Volente, with a friend who is every bit as excited as I am.


Scottish Leader is a whisky (no “e” for Scotch) from Scotland, the company there now being owned by Distell.  They are sponsoring this event which sounds as if it is going to be a wonderful day out in the winter calendar.

One is invited, even if one is not a Scot, to wear a kilt (and there are dress tips on their website) and one can ponder what is worn under those kilts.  Apparently there is a South African tartan.

The inaugural Scottish Leader Highland Games celebrates Scottish tradition and entertainment. The Scots are known for their unique culinary offerings that include haggis, kippers, bridie and stovies as well as shortbread, oats and “tatties” and these will be available for sale. Tea tents, beer tent and a full Distell bar will be available for quenching one’s thirst.

Scottish dancing and pipers (African Skye, Glen Allen, Kempton Park, National Youth Pipe band and Pretoria Highlanders) will entertain the patrons and for those of us who love border collies, there will be herding demonstrations by these most magnificent of all dogs.

Car lovers will enjoy the Triumph vintage car club display.  It is a family day and children will be well-catered for as they enjoy a jungle gym, jumping castle, slush puppy stand and an ice cream stall.

The Games are “athletic” activities such as Tossing the caber (75kgs), Carrying the Weight (74kgs), Shot Put (26kgs), the ever-popular Tug ‘o War and a kilted mile – a race through the Cradle’s bush veld.


The games will have 10 teams competing on the main field, comprising six civilian teams – including a team from the Lions rugby franchise and four military teams. The only question that remains is if The Bulls will simply let The Lions walk away with the honours unchallenged or if they will join the festivities and give The Lions a run for their money as they turn the Cradle of Humankind into a sporting war zone. Not to be outdone, the Muldersdrift police station is also in training and will be sending a team to compete.

The SANDF will be there for logistical support and the SANDF will have a static display and recruitment team will be on hand to answer any queries regarding careers in the army. The display will hopefully include the Infantry, Artillery, Armour, Combat Engineers Support Services and The Air force.

The official opening of the games at 12pm (gates open at 8am) will see over 200 competitors and pipers on parade. The opening will be hosted by the chairman, The Maclaine of Lochbuie, The Duke of Atholl, Brig Gen Maminze and Col Pat Acutt.


Tickets are available from Computicket and will cost R85 for adults and R30 for scholars and pensioners, while gate sales will be R100 for adults. There is more than enough secure parking for guests who will be enthralled by Scottish tradition and nuances, while those who need more information can log onto, Twitter and Facebook.



About moirads

Clergy person, theatre and music lover, avid reader, foodie. Basically, I write about what I do, where I go and things I love (or hate).
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