Highland Gathering


Update 11th July

Just over a week to go, and we're getting excited!  Keep your eyes peeled here and on our Facebook page for regular updates next week.  Just to give you a sneaky peak of what is in store, here is the most up to date running order for the event:


Update 3rd July

Have you seen the signs?

Matt, our Facilities Officer, has been busy this week putting up the banners and signs ahead of the Highland Gathering, which is just over 2 weeks away!

We would love to hear from you if you would like to volunteer, either for setting up or during the event - please contact Caroline by emailing pc@sfctrust.org.uk if you can spare a couple of hours to help.


Update 13th June

There has been a lot going on this week behind the scenes in preparation for this year's Gathering including work on the site and marquee layouts, discussions with Cromarty Firth Wireless Network about Broadband provision, finalising support from Moray Coast Vet Group for the Pedigree categories for the dog show and final proofing of the Highland Gathering newsletter special, which is now available to read online here!  Printed copies will be arriving at all houses we have addresses for - please hold onto them as you will need to bring it with you to the Gathering to collect your tokens for your burger or cakes!

There are still spaces available at Christiane's Willow Weaving workshops - you can book your place by emailing Christiane at info@inspiration-scotland.com.


Update 6th June

The Hill Race is back!

The course is 3.5 miles in length, with an ascent of 700ft. It is open to anyone over the age of 15; please collect your registration form from the kid’s corner on arrival! The race starts at 1pm in the main ring.

We are still on the lookout for volunteers so if you can help set up prior to the event or can spare a couple of hours during the event please contact Caroline by emailing pc@sfctrust.org.uk.


Update 28th May

We are excited to welcome back the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Service, the local Scottish Fire & Rescue Service and the Neil Mackenzie Trust to this year’s Gathering and for the first time we will have the Water Safety Team from the Loch Ness Lifeboat Station in Drumnadrochit.  They will be on hand to offer safety advice, from the latest Float to Live campaign, open water swimming, kayaking / canoeing / paddleboarding, boating etc. Learn how to check and maintain your life jacket, and be able to tell if it is fit for purpose. Try your hand at using a throw line. If you want to learn more about what they do, then why not follow their Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/LochNessLifeboatRNLI 
















We need your help! 

Can you spare some time before, during or after the Highland Gathering. We are looking for volunteers who can help with the set up of the event, marshalling and other general tasks throughout the day, and help with take down and clear up after the event. This opportunity is open anyone aged 14+ who wants to get involved! Please contact pc@sfctrust.org.uk if you can help. 


Update 17th May

The Companion Dog Show is back in 2024! Bring along your favourite pooch to the Highland Gathering on the 20th July at Corriegarth Estate and enter them at the designated gazebo next to the Dog Show ring! Entries from 12 noon with judging commencing by 1pm! Don’t miss out on this fantastic event!

All funds raised at the dog show will be donated to Munlochy Animal Aid.





















Update 16th May 2024

We are pleased to be supporting RSABI as our chosen charity for this year's Silent Auction.  You can read more about the fantastic work they do here - SFCT supports RSABI

We will share more news on the Silent Auction soon - if you would like to donate a prize to help raise funds for this amzing charity, please get in touch with Caroline by emailing pc@sfctrust.org.uk.


Update 9th May 2024

We have a fantastic array of crafters joining us this year to sell their wares, including:

Flowers By the Loch 

Jinty's Jams

Carol’s Sew Good Creations

Earthgems Jewellery

Floral beauty by design

Leah Grace Creations

Mabel & Millie Candle Co.

Beadelicious Jewellery

By Sea By Land

And KindNess Glass to name a few!

Come along and support these fabulous, local businesses!

We're also pleased that Christiane Morley will also be joining us to run a willow weaving workshop!  If you would like to book a space in one of the sesssions, please get in touch direct by emailing info@inspiration-scotland.com


Update 2nd May 2024

This year the focus for our competitions are gardening and baking, so get your thinking caps on and your seeds planted!


Update 28th March 2024

Would you like a market stand at this year's Highland Gathering?  We have a number of local businesses confirmed already, selling hand-made products such as textiles, jams and jellies, planters, candles, jewellery and much much more! We still have 3 stalls available – please contact Caroline by emailing pc@sfctrust.org.uk if you would like to join us!


Update 21st March 2024

We already have some fantastic activities confirmed for this summer’s Highland Gathering! Come and join us for willow weaving, ferret racing and pull the tractor!  You can get your face painted at the Kids’ corner, take part in the races (we have something for all ages…), and you can even bring your four-legged friends to the dog show!  This is just a taster of what will be going on - we will be posting regular updates on this page, and you can also keep up to date with news on the event by following the dedicated Facebook page - Highland Gathering 2024


Update 7th March 2024

We are very pleased to let you know that The Highland Gathering will be returning to Corriegarth this summer, so please block off Saturday 20th July in your diaries!  We will post regular updates here and on the Facebook event page, but we already have lots of exciting activities planned, which we are looking forward to sharing with you very soon.




Update 6th July 2023


Out of respect to the Johnston family and all at Corriegarth Estate at this very difficult time, the decision has been taken not to hold the Highland Gathering on Saturday 22nd July. 

We will be in touch with all community groups, businesses and other involved parties with further information over the coming days. 

Thank you for your understanding.


Update 28th June 2023

Highland Gathering Special Newsletter 2023

Read all about this year's Highland Gathering including the Main Ring Schedule, what's happening and who will be there to make it a fun filled day for all the family!  This special edition will be posted through your letterboxes next week so keep an eye out for the big white envelope addressed 'to the householder'.   This newsletter also contains your token for a free burger/hotdog or tea/coffee and cake so make sure you bring it along with you on the day!


Read all about it here!









Update 24th June 2023















Update 16th June 2023

Keep an eye out for all the snippets of information on The Highland Gathering Facebook Event page here.


Update 7th June 2023

The kids races have been announced!  And the all important adults 100m dash!  The adults Hill race will also be running again this year, keep an eye for more information dropping soon!




















Update 1st June 2023

Check out this year's competition offering at the Highland Gathering!  Get those miniature gardens prepared and bring them along on the day!  Prizes to be won for each category!




















Update 25th May 2023

Would you like to work at the Highland Gathering?  We are looking for a team of people to work during the Highland Gathering to help support the event.  This would suit someone looking for a summer job and extra pocket money.

If you are available on the 21st – 23rd July please send you CV and covering letter to admin@sfctrust.org.uk with Gathering Team in the subject heading.


Activities for the role will include;

-Setting up and taking down the Highland Gathering.

-Directing people on the day to the event, help with parking, vouchers, prizes and supporting volunteers/stall holders.

-Communicating activities on the day.

-Helping make the event an enjoyable day for everyone.


Update 9th May 2023

Unveiling our poster!


Update 27th April 2023

Market stall availability at this summer’s Highland Gathering!

Are you a local crafter or business with products you would like to sell?  This year’s event is on the 22nd July at Corriegarth Estate, and we still have a couple of market stalls available!  If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Caroline by emailing pc@sfctrust.org.uk.


Update- 4th April 2023

Marquee Booked!

Marquee specialists based on the Black Isle will be erecting  a huge marquee with special flooring mat for the event.  Hopefully this will reduce the amount of gazebos and tents blowing away this year!



Update- 7th February 2023

Update- 2022

Back by popluar demand!

We have now taken your feedback from the 2022 event, and we can now confirm that we will hold the second The Highland Gathering on the 22nd of July 2023!  If you would like to be part of the team, please email Caroline at pc@sfctrust.org.uk.


We look forward to seeing you at our first community Highland Gathering at Corriegarth Estate on Saturday 23rd July!  On this page we will keep you up to date with how you can get involved; whether by volunteering to help a community group, becoming a marshall, or hosting your own stand, or taking part in one of the competitive elements of the day - we will have baking, jam making and flower arranging competitions for all ages and an art competition for children, as well as a dog show for our four-legged friends!  There will be something here for everyone, and we hope you can join us.

You can also get up to date information on our Event page on Facebook by clicking here - please remember to 'like' the page for automatic updates.



Thank you to everyone who was involved in making our first Highland Gathering a success!  We will share some photos and other news on this page very soon.

Winners of our Grand raffle, silent auction and competitions can be found here - Highland Gathering prize winners | 26 July 2022 | Stratherrick & Foyers Community Trust (stratherrickcommunity.org.uk)



Can you spare a couple of hours next week to help us set up?  Please come along to our meeting this evening (Tuesday 12th July), at Wildside - 6pm, so that we can allocate tasks.



We are pleased that a number of our community groups are involved in the event - please come along for a chat and learn more about what they have to offer:

Boleskine Community Care

Cairngorms Mountain Rescue Team

Foyers Fire Brigade

Loch Ness Rural Communities

Soup to Go

South Loch Ness Heritage Group

Spin & Chatter

Stratherrick & Foyers Community Trust

Stratherrick Gun Club

Stratherrick Primary School Parent Council

Strathnairn Farmers Association

Wildside Toddler Group



We would like to thank the local businesses who have already shown their support, with more to be confirmed:

Aaba Bouncy Castles

Calum Martin Production Services

Cheryl Heggie School of Highland Dancing

D-Lish Bags

Funky Faces face painting

Huntly Falconry

Jinty's Jams

Kate's Woody Wonders

Kindness Glass

Lyne Mhor Croft

Miele's ice cream

The Neil Mackenzie Trust



Do you have any old/ unused wellies lying around?  We are happy to take them off you to use in our Welly wanging competition.  If you do, please get in touch with Caroline by emailing pc@sfctrust.org.uk and she will arrange collection.



Even the dogs can take part!  We are hosting a companion dog show, with categories for all breeds (pedigree and non-pedigree), ages and sizes.  Register your entries from 12 noon on the field, with judging starting at 1pm.  It is £1 to enter and proceeds are going to Munlochy Animal Aid.

Please see below for the schedule.




Below you will find details of the competitions that we will be running on the day.  This is your opportunity to show us your creative side!  We are also looking for your wellies - more details on this to follow soon.



We are looking for strong and willing volunteers to help prepare the Highland Gathering site from 16th to 19th July for the event on 23rd July and to help with take down later or next day. If you can spare a few hours that would be great. Putting up marquees, moving hay bales, tables, chairs etc. The more the merrier! If you have the time and want to help with this community event please email me at tony-ceo@sfctrust.org.uk - thank you in advance.

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