10 things I like about Ashbourne #7 Highland Gathering

Unfortunately this year’s event was cancelled again – hopefully this isn’t the end of a recent Ashbourne institution.

Let’s face it, its madness. Hundreds of pipers, tug-of-war, strongman competition and the fell race…all in Ashbourne. I would love to have seen the original pitch for the event but someone had a clear vision and created something new for the town to be proud of. A huge amount of organisation goes into it to make it a slick and successful day.

Its also great fun. Another chance to recognise local heroes as Chieftain and a big day out on the Rec. The amount of tourism it brings to the Town is phenomenal and the cancellation due to weather in the past was a huge shame.

If you’ve not been before, take a picnic to eat in the park. Watch the pipers practising and meeting old friends and then go and wander round the activities before settling down on the main arena. There are lots of stalls and activities away from the main action but for something completely different its unbeatable. End the day with the main parade and the mace tossing over the Green Man sign!

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