Thousands attend Skye Highland Games



Teenager Ewen Bradley was the top local athlete at last Wednesday’s Skye Highland Games, keeping alive a long-established Staffin family tradition.

For many years Ewen’s father Deb was the man to beat at the annual games. But the 16-year old followed in his old man’s footsteps when he won the Robertson Memorial Cup as the best all-round athlete.

Ewen also won the Ronnie MacLean Cup for best all-round local jumper, and the MacDonald of Seafield Cup after winning the local eight lap race. He was also winner of the high jump, the long jump and the two lap race.

The top local heavy was Martin Munsie from Bernsidale, while Niall Till from Struan took the hill race trophy. First local female in the hill race was Christina Rankin from Uig, and she was also runner up behind Lorna MacRae in the women’s two lap race.

Both Tug O’ War both titles (a cup and nine bottles of whisky) went to the North End. Kilmuir won the men’s competition, and Staffin the women’s event.

Another familiar name dominated the open heavy events, as London’s Scott Rider emerged as the top all rounder. He won both weight for distance events, as well as the putting the heavy stone. Blair Atholl’s Lorne Colthard, and Pole Lucasz Wenta also featured among the prizewinners.

In the piping competitions this year’s Dunvegan Medal was won by Cameron Drummond. The prestigious honour was among five prizes won by the Edinburgh piper at the Games.

The best all round local piper — senior and under 18 — was Martin MacRae from Conchra. Connor Kellet from Kyle won the quaich for under-18 local piobaireachd, while there were two cups for Rona Nicolson from Torvaig and one for Eoghainn Beaton, Kilmuir. The prize for the most impressive under-18 player was Finlay Cameron of Roy Bridge.

Some 3000 spectators were at Portree’s atmospheric Lump for the the 138th Games which were held in damp, but mercifully not torrential, weather conditions.

For more photographs see this week’s Free Press