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The end of the day: Crieff Highland Gathering at Market Park
Photo credit: Blue Noun

It’s the Cutural Event of the Year!

Hello again friends of Blue Noun English Language School!

In today’s blog, I’m sharing with you a recent event our Language School enjoyed – Crieff Highland Gathering.

Highland Gatherings are massively important cultural events – particularly in rural Scotland: they keep traditions alive and communities united.

This year, the Crieff Highland Gathering had a particularly international flavour, which we loved.

Crieff Highland Gathering is widely known as “Scotland’s Premier Highland Games.”

Read on for an introduction to this year’s Crieff Highland Gathering and some of our photos.

Just one more reason for learning English in Scotland!

 

 

There can be little doubt that traditional Games of agility and strength have been practised in the Highlands from very early times. Formalisation and annual gatherings began around 1820 as part of the revival of Tartan and Highland Culture encouraged by Sir Walter Scott.”

Crieff Highland Gathering  Website

A Fantastic Introduction

We absolutely love this film montage of this year’s Crieff Highland Gathering. It’s a very good introduction to our celebrations. 

 

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Learning English in Scotland Crieff Highland Gathering Pipe band
Learning English in Scotland Crieff Highland Gathering Pipe Band
Learning English in Scotland Crieff Highland Gathering pipe band
Parade of Pipe bands, Crieff Highland Gathering
Photo credit: Blue Noun

A Century and a Half of Tradition

It’s an event that dates back nearly 150 years.

The Crieff Highland Gathering celebrates traditional Scottish customs with traditional Highland games competitions; including the sports Running, Youth Running, Cycling, Heavyweights, Light Field and Tug o War

As well, enjoy Pipe Band parades and Highland Dancing.

Learning English in Scotland Crieff Highland Gathering athletics
Sporting events at Crieff Highland Gathering
Photo credit: Blue Noun

A Community United

Athletes and musicians train the whole year to participate in the games season across Scotland.

It’s the one day a year the agricultural community leave their farms to mix with townsfolk.

Learning English in Scotland Crieff Highland Gathering athletics
Learning English in Scotland Crieff Highland Gathering audience
Learning English in Scotland Crieff Highland Gathering audience
Cultural events like the Crieff Highland Gathering unite our community in many ways. 
Photo credit: Blue Noun

 

The first Crieff Highland Gathering was in 1870 and has occurred every year since with the two exceptions of 1914-18 and 1939-49 when no gatherings took place.

Crieff Highland Gathering  Website

It’s a fabulous day out for the whole community – including those learning English in Scotland with Blue Noun English Language School!

Learning English in Scotland Crieff Highland Gathering visitors

 

“Borrowing” an idea from our sister games in Ohio, where they have more of a Celtic music feel throughout the day, the idea of a mini music festival alongside the Games was discussed. Well received by locals and visitors alike this area goes from strength to strength, showcasing some of the top acts in Scotland such as Skerryvore, Skipinnish, Braebach and Clanadonia, as well as introducing an international flavour with top vocalist Charlie Zahm all the way from the USA”.

Crieff Highland Gathering  Website

“Remember to bring your dancing shoes, you’re going to need them!”

Special mention to Drums and Roses who got the field dancing with their drum and bagpipe covers of rock and Scottish pop covers! 

Learning English in Scotland Crieff Highland Gathering Drums and Roses
Learning English in Scotland Crieff Highland Gathering The Glenturret
Drums and ROses and the Festival music stage.
Photo credit: Blue Noun

A Good Reason for Learning English in Scotland! 

Thank you for reading our English language School blog.

I hope to have shown you an amazing cultural event and a good reason for learning English in Scotland! 

 

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Want to read more about Crieff Highland Gathering. Find the official website here.

Love the sound of Drums and Roses? Visit their website here. 

A quick note from the author

We began the Blue Noun blog back in 2019, when we called ourselves a ‘language school’ (we now call ourselves a language hub) and we were building up our business completely from scratch.

Our first few months were spent making friends in the community, researching homestay hosts for our language guests and finding out about all the good local places and activities to take our language learning guests.

In 2021 we moved the Blue Noun website to a different platform. We had the option of deleting these old blogs – they are very different form our current, more pedagogic style of posting, but I think they are quite charming to see how our young business grew, turning from a language school run by an artist – into a language hub which really began to focus on coaching artists in English by immersing them in creative environments.