Scotland is in the full swing of the Highland Games season, so it seemed natural for us to visit a games taking place for a blog review. The weather last weekend (Saturday 8th June) was absolutely glorious and with the sun splitting the pavement we decided to head to the Bearsden and Milngavie Highland Games. The real bonus of these games was that it was free entry which was a lovely idea to attract the crowds. There was however, a donations scheme which gave all proceeds to the local charity, Funding Neuro.
The BBC’s One Show contacted the Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games Committee, and will now be filming at the Highland Games on Saturday 4th June.On the day three lucky people will have their hair cut and styled by World famous Celebrity hair stylist Michael Douglas. The BBC have said the Games will be shown on the programme with up to 15 million viewers tuning in.Local Helensburgh TV Company URTV,and popular local radio station Your Radio will also be there to cover this years Games.
The town has an interesting history going back as far as 1494, when it is recorded that James IV sailed from the shore at Gourock to quell the rebellious Highland clans. Two hundred years later William and Mary granted a Charter in favour of Stewart of Castlemilk which raised Gourock to a Burgh of Barony. In 1784 the lands of Gourock were purchased by Duncan Darroch, a former merchant in Jamaica. He built Gourock House near the site of the castle in what the family eventually gifted to the town as Darroch Park, later renamed by the council as Gourock Park.