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26 May 2012 - 27 May 2012 (TBC)
25 May 2013 - 26 May 2013 (TBC)
24 May 2014 - 25 May 2014 (TBC)

Atholl Highlanders' Parade & Highland Games, Blair Atholl. Courtesy of Blair Castle
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The Atholl Gathering marks one of the season's first Highland Games. The festival starts with the annual Parade of the Atholl Highlanders - Britain's only legitimate private army. Highlights include highland dancing, piping, races, competitive feats of strength and tossing the caber.

The festival always takes place over the last full weekend of May with the parade on the Saturday and the games on the Sunday. The Atholl Highlanders were first formed by the fourth Duke of Atholl in 1778, who intended the 1000 men to fight in the American War of Independence.

However, in later years Queen Victoria presented the Highlanders with two colours in recognition of their services while she stayed at Blair Castle in 1844. Those colours are still at the heart of the spectacular parade.

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