GAMES OF 2024:

We are all looking forward with great anticipation to Saturday 6th July 2024 for the next gathering at Aberdeen.

Having missed several years with COVID you can only but imagine the anticipation and excitement for our next event.

What's On

The Games begin with a parade of bands, clan representatives and others that leads into the Massed Band Salute and Chieftain’s Address that officially opens the day. Throughout the day there will be fun for all the family – there will be Highland and Country Dancing, Pipe Band displays, Strong Man events with the Kilted Warriors to enjoy as well as three-legged races, and the famed Kilted Dash to participate in. A multitude of stores and stands will surround the area selling all manner of Scottish heirlooms and souvenirs, clothing and garb, and food and drink to complete your day.

In the evening there will be a Pipe Band Quintet competition at the Aberdeen RSL Club.

Pipes & Drums

Unique sounds of bagpipes and drums

Highland Dancers

Traditional Highland Dancing

Kilted Warriors

Celtic strongman competition

Novelty Events

Great fun for everyone

Chieftain for 2024 Games

Dr Cameron Collins


Cameron grew up on a cattle and farming property outside the gold mining town of Charters Towers in North Queensland. It was here he learned, (or inherited) a love of horses from his father.

He went to Brisbane to study veterinary science in 1986 and following graduation, worked in mixed animal practice in St George in western Queensland. He arrived in Scone in 1993 with a broken jaw and a kelpie dog called ‘Beetroot’. He was promptly relocated to Denman.

After learning the ropes in the Widden Valley, Cameron alternated equine breeding seasons between Scone and Newmarket in the UK for the next five breeding seasons, before settling in Scone, marrying celebrated equine veterinarian Catherine Chicken, and becoming a partner in the Scone Equine Hospital.

At this time, the practice was developing in line with the advent of Thoroughbred shuttle stallions from the northern hemisphere and an increase in the technology associated with equine veterinary science. This development has culminated 30 years later with the recent opening of the new Scone Equine Hospital, a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital at Bunnan Road in the evolving Scone Equine Precinct.

Over the past 20 years, Cameron has served on the Boards of Equine Veterinarians Australia, the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Scone Horse Festival and Strathearn Village during the development and construction of the new aged care facility on Gundy Road.

Cameron’s Scottish heritage is via his grandmother on mother’s side – Opal Vida McDowall, a fiercely independent daughter of Robert ‘Bob’ McDowall, (a notable rogue in the north Queensland grazing and pastoral fraternity). He also counts expatriate ‘almost’ Scotsman William Patrick ‘Bill’ Howey, (a much more upstanding member of the community) as a friend and influence on his life and veterinary career.

Cameron’s love of all things Scottish-food, drink, games, music, and dress were cultivated during fleeting visits to the Highlands when he was working in the UK. He is honoured and delighted to be the 2024 Chief of the Day of the Aberdeen Highland Games.

ure and the preservation of its history here in Australia.

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