Visit the Isle of Arran and experience the 2024 Brodick Highland Games

23 Jan 2024

On Saturday, August 10th, 2024, Ormidale Park on the Isle of Arran will once again come alive with the sights and sounds of the annual Brodick Highland Games. Traditional Highland Games are a celebration of Scottish identity and cultural pride. The Brodick offering, which has been held every year since 1886, save for a World War or a pandemic here and there, gives Arran locals and visitors alike a taste of traditional Scottish sporting events and festivities.

Arriving on the Isle of Arran is an adventure in itself, as visitors are treated to breathtaking views of rugged mountains, verdant valleys, and pristine coastlines from the deck of the CalMac ferry. When you arrive at Brodick Ferry Terminal it is a short walk or drive to Ormidale Park where the Games are held. 

On the Isle of Arran there's no shortage of activities to enjoy. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the island's network of hiking trails including Goatfell and Glen Rosa, cycle along picturesque coastal routes, or tee off at one of Arran's seven renowned golf courses. History buffs can delve into the island's rich heritage, visiting ancient castles at Brodick and Lochranza, the Machrie Moor standing stones and the Arran Heritage Museum

Amongst all the natural beauty and historic attractions, you’ll also find our Lagg Distillery, the 2023 Distillery of the Year, on the south end of the island. Visitors to Lagg can immerse themselves in the artistry of whisky-making by booking a guided tour of the distillery. Led by knowledgeable guides, these tours offer a behind-the-scenes look at the peated whisky production process, from mashing and fermentation to distillation and maturation. If you book the Arran Water tour, you’ll be regaled with stories of the island’s illicit distilling in the 19th Century. After their tour experience, our guests are welcome to enjoy a few drams from our core range of peated single malt whiskies.

For those seeking a more relaxed experience, Lagg Distillery also boasts a charming café within its visitor centre, where guests can savour delicious local cuisine. Upstairs in the whisky bar you can enjoy a selection of grazing boards paired with LAGG whiskies while enjoying the view over the sea to Ailsa Craig. 

Snack on a grazing board in Lagg distillery's whisky bar whilst enjoying the view to Ailsa Craig.

Chatting to our visitors over the years has given us insight into the many reasons you’d choose the Isle of Arran as your holiday destination. and the Brodick Highland Games is certainly an annual highlight. The games showcase traditional Scottish sports such as caber tossing, hammer throwing, and tug-of-war, alongside captivating displays of Highland dancing and piping competitions. As the skirl of the bagpipes fills the air and athletes test their strength and skill, you'll find yourself swept up in the excitement and camaraderie of this quintessentially Scottish event. You might even spot our distillery groundskeeper, Andrew, competing in the Games!

Lagg Distillery groundskeeper Andrew competing at Brodick Highland Games

And while you're at the games, be sure to sample some of Arran's finest fare from the various local business stalls. From hearty Scottish classics like haggis, neeps, and tatties to locally caught seafood and artisanal cheeses, there's no shortage of delicious treats to tantalise your taste buds.

So if you’re planning a trip across to the Isle of Arran for the 2024 Brodick Highland Games, be sure to set some time aside to visit us at Lagg Distillery. We’ll be waiting with a warm welcome and a dram in hand.