For frequently asked questions about the games please refer to list below. For any other queries please use the contact form.


Can we bring our dog?

While we do not stop dogs from attending, it is not encouraged. We would however ask that you clean up behind you dog if you do bring one.


What should dancers wear?

It is preferred that Female dancers wear Aboyne dress for all dances except Hornpipe and Jig. Male dancers must wear the kilt outfit for all dances except Flora MacDonald’s Fancy (trews to be worn), Jig (jig outfit), Hornpipe (hornpipe outfit).

The Margaret Jean Jackson prizes are awarded for the best Aboyne Dress in each age grouping.

Can we compete in the Open Dancing?

Aboyne Highland Games welcomes all dancers to compete, however, please be aware this may affect your standing with the SOBHD rulings. Please check with your instructors.

What is the definition of Local?

Competitors for local prizes must be natives or residents of one year’s standing (at the date of the current Games) in the postcode areas of Aboyne, Ballater, Banchory, Alford and Strathdon (AB34, AB35, AB31, AB33, AB36)

Where do we register for the Children Races?

Children should meet outside the Secretary’s tent just prior to their race times. They will then be escorted to the start line by officials. No pre-entry is required.

Is there somewhere to leave my bag/valuables while competing?

Unfortunately, we cannot be held responsible for bags left unattended. We do not have a secure area to leave bags.

Is there changing facilities?

Separate Ladies and Gents changing facilities are provided out-with the Main Arena. Changing is not permitted at the side of the Arena or within the Secretary’s Tent. Aboyne Highland Games have instructed their security staff that – TENTS, SHELTERS, UMBRELLA-TENTS, MODULES WILL NOT BE PERMITTED AT THE RINGSIDE (Inside or outside).

What is the max number in the Hill Race?

150. Once this number is reached, there will be no more entries accepted.

Do I have to pay to compete at Aboyne?

There is no entry fee, however, competitors are to pay the usual entry at the gate. No refunds will be given to competitors.

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