News and Events

The donation from the Lonach Highland and Friendly Society means Connor has now raised just under half of his £6,500 target…….

Friday, 6th August 2021

The historic Aberdeenshire gathering, which features the unique march of the Lonach Highlanders, considered amongst Scotland’s most iconic traditional summer spectacles, is the latest Highland Games to announce its cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic…..

Tuesday, 6th April 2021

Organisers of the annual Lonach Highland Gathering and Games have partnered with Aberdeen hospitality business The McGinty’s Group and Westhill-based Peace Coaches to provide a return travel package to this month’s event in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire.

Sunday, 9th Aug 2020

Following the cancellation of this year’s gathering due to the coronavirus pandemic, organisers wanted to support the rural shop and called on their help to create the hampers……

Thursday, 25th June 2020

Listen closely at any Highland Games and you will hear many languages. Such is the appeal of these traditional events they attract visitors from around the world. Among them are those from overseas who can trace their family roots back to Scotland.

Thursday, 21st May 2020

Organisers, the Lonach Highland and Friendly Society, took the decision to cancel this year’s event, due to have been held on Saturday, 22 August,

Saturday, 9th May 2020

Cyclists Wheel Into Strathdon And A Lonach Welcome

Hundreds of people cycling from Land’s End to John o’Groats peddled into Strathdon….

Monday, 16th September 2019

Strathdon Gearing Up To Welcome Cyclists

Days after welcoming thousands of visitors to the area for the annual Lonach Highland Gathering and Games, the Aberdeenshire community of Strathdon is gearing up to greet hundreds of cyclists.

Wednesday, 11th September 2019

Local Youngsters Benefit Thanks To Lonach Gathering

Strathdon Primary School Parents Forum received a four-figure grant from the Lonach Highland and Friendly Society to help upgrade part of the school playground

Wednesday, 4th September 2019

Lonach Highlanders marching through Bellabeg, Aberdeenshire to the 178th Lonach Highland Gathering and Games

Monday, 26th August 2019

Lonach Hall set for the 2019 Lonach Highland Ball

Friday, 23rd August 2019

Strathdon Set To Welcome Thousands For Lonach Spectacle

Lonach Pipe Band lead the Lonach Highlands through Bellabeg

Thursday, 22nd August 2019

Elaine Wyllie (back centre) and Jennifer Stewart….

Thursday, 15th August 2019

Through the Generations

Three generations of a Lonach family marched together at Ballater Games yesterday. George Gordon who carries one of the Lonach Standards, his son Charles who is at the front of the Lonach March with a Lochaber Axe and his family – Alanah, Lucy and Cameron – who are all members of the Lonach Pipe Band. We look forward to seeing them all at Lonach on the 24th August 2019.

Friday, 9th August 2019

40 Year Celebration

Tuesday, 6th August 2019

All Highland Games rely on good staff on the day. In 2018 Alison Webster celebrated 40 years working in the Lonach Secretary’s office every Games Day! She’ll be back this year again for her 41st! Alison collates all the results at the end of the day, no easy task sometimes! Well done Alison, and we hope you managed to use the holiday voucher that you received as a small token of our appreciation. Ho Ho Lonach

Alex Buchan (Buster)

It is with great sadness that we announced the passing of Alex Buchan (Buster), a good friend and loyal Honorary Member of the Lonach Highland & Friendly Society. Alex took part in the March of the Lonach Highlanders for many years and was a great supporter of all things Lonach. Alex died yesterday after a short illness at ARI. RIP Buster.

Tuesday, 30th July 2019

Willie Gray

Willie Gray, Honorary Member of the Lonach Society, Poet and Lonach Horseman, RIP 28-6-19.

Friday, 28th June 2019

Lonach Ball 2018

Lonach Ball Celebrates Success Of Annual Games

Tuesday, 9th October 2018

An historic Strathdon venue was recently the setting for an event that celebrated the success of this year’s Lonach Highland Gathering and Games.

Lonach Hall set for the 2018 Lonach Highland Ball_LR

Scenic Strathdon Summer Spectacle Shines

The sights and sounds of one of Scotland’s most iconic Highland Games filled the Aberdeenshire valley of Strathdon on Saturday, 25 August as the annual Lonach Highland Gathering and Games took place.

Sunday, 26th August 2018

Places Remain For Historic Event As Lonach Gets In Step With The Daily Mile

History will be made in Aberdeenshire this weekend when the first ever Daily Mile event is held at a Highland Games, with a number of spaces remaining for children wishing to participate in the event which will be started by The Daily Mile founder Elaine Wyllie.

Tuesday, 21st August 2018

Lonach Highlanders march at the 2017 Lonach Gathering_LR

No Horsing Around As Final Preparations Are Made For Lonach

With final preparations well underway in Strathdon for this weekend’s Lonach Highland Gathering and Games, one of the event’s most popular attractions is receiving a makeover.

Thursday, 23rd August 2018

Socks after a shampoo and brush, and the feathering on his legs dusted with wood flour_LR

Pop Princess And Strictly Stars
- Lonach's Dancing Decade

Later this month, an Aberdeenshire Highland Dancing school whose protégés have appeared on Strictly Come Dancing and performed for a global pop superstar will celebrate a decade of tutoring local youngsters.

Friday, 10th August 2018

Lonach Teams Up With National Kids Initiative To Go The Extra Mile

The Lonach Highland and Friendly Society has teamed up with the founders of a ground-breaking health initiative to bring a new event to this year’s Lonach Highland Gathering and Games.

Wednesday, 27th June 2018

Lonach standards 2017 Gathering

Death Of Long-serving Lonach Society Member

It is with great sadness that the Lonach Highland and Friendly Society, on behalf of his family, announces the death of long-serving member Robert (Rob) Walker of Ballater.


Friday, 1st June 2017

Rob Walker pictured in his workshop

Tickets For Historic Lonach Ball On Sale

Aberdeenshire’s Lonach Highlanders are set to make a mark as they debut at this year’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Wednesday, 14th June 2017

Lonach Highlanders To Make Mark With Tattoo Debut

Aberdeenshire’s Lonach Highlanders are set to make a mark as they debut at this year’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.


Friday, 12th May 2017

Generosity Gets Girls to Gathering

A true display of Scottish hospitality was shown to a pair of international visitors attending this year’s Lonach Highland Gathering and Games in Aberdeenshire……


Saturday, 28th November 2015

Lonach Highlanders On The March To Braemar For Bicentenary Celebrations

Wednesday, 02 September 2015

More than 100 men will retrace the steps of their ancestors on Friday [04 September] as they march from Donside to Royal Deeside to help mark the bicentenary of the society that organises the annual Braemar Gathering…….


Community Marks Jacobite Bridge Tercentenary Ahead of Annual Gathering

Thursday 20th August 2015

An Aberdeenshire community will come together later today to mark the 300th anniversary of a local landmark as it prepares for its biggest day of the year….


Neigh Joke: Horse Trains For Highland Games

Friday,  07 August 2015

A horse is in its final stages of training ahead of its debut performance later this month at one of Scotland’s leading highland games.


Lonach Society Calls For Sponsorship To Boost Event

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

An Aberdeenshire organisation is aiming to make a greater contribution to the local economy as the countdown to its highest profile event reaches 100 days to go [Thursday, 14 May].

Lonach Highlanders Scare Off Viking Invaders At Major Tourism Event

Tuesday, 05 May 2015

Aberdeenshire’s historic Lonach Highlanders helped to welcome hundreds of national and international delegates attending a major travel trade industry event in Aberdeen recently, while also scaring off some Viking invaders…..