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Case Study Lochcarron Highland Games Attadale Estate
Case Study Lochcarron Highland Games Attadale Estate on the western shore of Lochcarron has been a focus for community life for many decades. The Estate has also been the venue for the Lochcarron Highland Games for most of the last 40 years. Known locally as the ‘Friendly Games’ 2018 is their Ruby Anniversary and it continues to uphold its tradition as a community endeavour. The Games are organised and managed independently by the Lochcarron Highland Games Association.

Lochcarron Highland Games is always held on the third Saturday in July. It begins at midday when the Chieftain of the Games, Mr Ewen Macpherson marches on in front of the Ullapool & District Junior Pipe Band and the Lochalsh Junior Pipe Band before opening the Games officially with a brief and uplifting speech.

The Games Field is prepared early for the occasion, being cleared of stock a month in advance of the event. This allows the games field to be in tip top condition for the event (weather permitting of course!) A building nearby provides permanent on-site storage facilities for all Games material and equipment. The estate deer larder also provides the chilling facilities to store provisions, both before and during, the Games.

Over the past five years, Attadale Estates’ support has ensured that the marketing of the Games has moved up a gear and improvements to the printed programme has increased income for local good causes from higher levels of advertising. In addition, Lochcarron Games’ website has been redesigned and revenue through sponsorship sales to relevant businesses has also significantly increased. Overall, revenues raised by the Games have grown by around £5000, ensuring more money is directly available to plough back into a range of local amenity groups including Lochcarron Playgroup, the Howard Doris Centre (care home), Lochcarron Shinty Club, Lochcarron Village Hall, Lochcarron Amateur Dramatic Society, Lochcarron Highland Dancing group, the Sailing Club and Coastal Rowing Association, local Schools and many other local groups. In addition, a number of these local groups and charities such as the support group for the Highland Hospice are encouraged to raise funds on their own account during the day. The Chairman of the Loch Carron Coastal Rowing Association, Mr Steven Proudfoot noted the ‘essential role’ that Attadale Estate plays in the management and hosting of the Games and that the Estate is also at the heart of the Highland Games Committee which supports his association and many other local organisations.

This is the major annual event in Lochcarron providing an attraction both for tourists and local people. It also provides some huge incentive family members to return home to the area for that weekend. They can also enjoy a pre-Games dance held in the Village Hall to raise even more funds for the Shinty team.

On the day of the Games, Attadale Gardens remain open throughout, but no charge is made for visiting the gardens offering an added incentive to visiting.
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