Lairg Gala Week

Submitted by Owen McCafferty on Tue, 2009-12-15

The Lairg Gala Week is normally held during second week of July events for the whole family to enjoy. It is in the village of Lairg which hosts the main sheep sales for the Highlands during August. Gala week is in July and the local areas have their own Gala or Highland Games during the Summer.

Treasure Hunt
The annual car treasure hunt run by the Gala Week take place on July with a good turnout of participants.

Gala Sports
The Gala children’s sports at Ferrycroft also held on this local Gala Week afternoon with a good crowd attending and fortunately dry and sunny weather.

Wild Trout Challenge
The “Clynelish” Highland Wild Trout Challenge also take place on Loch Shin on this week of July to coincide with the start of Lairg Gala week.

Rowing Races
The annual night of water sports fun on Little Loch Shin also held on Monday evening after the children’s sports, bouncy castle fun, knockout team games and golf on the field with spectators sheltering under assorted umbrellas and others squeezing into the beer tent. The rowing done in teams of three, with each crew setting off separately. One member of the team was transported by car round to the jetty on the village side of the water, while the other two rowed across the loch from Ferrycroft, picked up their passenger and rowed them back to the starting point. A fair number of teams take part, despite the weather, and this activity lasted till about 10pm.

The Gala Week whist drive also take place on this gala week in the community centre, where at least the players were assured of keeping dry.

Community Cafe
A community cafe will be opened in the community centre conservatory on this week. They will serve fresh snacks such as paninis, toasties, sandwiches served with a home-grown salad, as well as home-made soup of the day, home-made cakes, scones and hot and cold beverages. The community cafe is being run by the Lairg and District Community Initiative, who are determined to create jobs and halt the social and economic decline of the village.

Kyle of Sutherland Gala Week
For one week in August, the villages of Ardgay, Bonar Bridge, Invershin and Rosehall play host to our annual Gala Week.

Packed full of fun events for young and old, the Gala is presided over by the Salmon Queen, chosen from local lassies at the Queen Dance in May. She is helped by our very friendly Gala Bunny, who brightens up our fundraising events throughout the year.

Each year, the Gala holds a wide range of enjoyable competitions including the Kyle Raft Race, an adults’ fancy-dress wheelbarrow race, children’s sports, pub quiz and treasure hunts, as well as flower and veg show, baby show, pet show, family bingo, mountain bike day and much, much more! Look forward to seeing you next year.

Lairg Music Festival also held in mid-June is open to local competitors.

On Little Loch Shin is a small island on which you will see the Broons (of Sunday Post fame) Bun ‘n Ben. This was part of a float in the local Gala Week (held in July) and shortly afterwards it mysteriously appeared on the island.

It has since undergone “improvements” with the addition of a conservatory. It has also been up for sale when a For Sale sign disappeared from a local house and re-appeared on the island!

Lairg Gala 2008: The original Gala Queen!

The Lairg Crofters Show
The Lairg Crofters Show is held on the third Saturday in August. The Lairg Crofters Show is held annually on the Showfield, Main Street, Lairg. It is the last mainland crofters show and is an excellent day out with something for all the family. There are opportunities to take part in lots of exciting events, watch demonstrations and main ring attractions. For Scottish tweeds, visit the Sutherland Sporting Company. If you want to make this area your base, rent yourselves one of the Cairnmuir Caravans. For Crofters Show in August – Telephone the Countryside Centre for more information: Tel: +44 (0) 1549 402163 or visit:

There are many golf courses close by and fishing in the Loch is available. The Gallery was built in 1868 was once the main sorting office for the Highlands, it was divided into two dwellings at the turn of the century and was converted into the lovely character cottage it is today in recent years. Lairg has the biggest 1 day lamb sales in Europe with over 40,000 lambs for sale. It is in the village of Lairg which hosts the main sheep sales for the Highlands during August. Gala week is in July and the local areas have their own Gala or Highland Games during the Summer.

Contact: Lairg Gala Week

Tel: +44 (0) 1549 402288

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