August in Moray, when staying at Blervie House means lots of local events. August as it happens is a beautiful month to see the real Scotland as you have both Aberlour Highland Games and Ballater Highland Games taking place. Two of my favourite Highland towns – make sure you visit them both, and can you get to the Games of at least one of them?
And then there are the Agricultural Shows – we have The Black Isle Show taking place. See Highland Ponies in full stalking harnesses with appropriately dressed handlers and lovely solid Clydesdales next to the Shetlands, and that is before you see the cattle and sheep. Scotland is genuinely proud of its Agricultural Heritage, and the quality and expertise are on full display at these events. Want to know more – there are always friendly folk to help you.
And as this is Scotland Country Sports are always on the agenda regardless of whether you choose to participate. Like it or loathe it, there is the Glorious 12th with the start of the Grouse season, but more importantly Moy Game Fair takes place on the 2nd and 3rd.
Game Fairs are such fun, not least of all because the shopping is outstanding – if you want the best selection of Country Fashion and something special to take home, this is the place to be. You will find it here if you want to see rural Scotland and how it works. Game Fairs are a wonderful place to see excited dogs competing at breakneck speeds; try your hand at Clay Pigeon shooting, casting and generally see something out of the ordinary.
And More August in Moray Events
Just looking at what else is on, you might need to spend longer here – cyclists are participating in the Ride the North challenge, bikers from all over the world are enjoying Thunder in the Glens in Aviemore – the scenery is so spectacular I almost wish I was a biker. Historians can enjoy the Fort George Festival. Woodworkers, artists or any of us can admire the competitors at Carve Carrbridge as they produce an incredible work of art using a chainsaw! And for those who enjoy the arts, why not enjoy an outdoor theatre evening at Logie Steading Outdoor Theatre – pack up your picnic and enjoy the scenery.
If none of these grabs you – don’t forget we still have our distilleries, beaches, castles, scenery, golf courses, Outlander sites etc!
So what activities bring you to Scotland in August?