Highland Field Sports Fair
Date: 1st-2nd August
Location: Moy Hall, Moy, Tomatin, Inverness, IV13 7YQ
The Highland Field Sports Fair is Northern Scotland’s premier Field Sports Fair event. Uniquely for Country Fairs, the Game Fair is a non-profit making event and surplus funds are distributed to charities and highly deserving causes, so this very worthy Fair is not just fun, but fun-d raising!
The Game and Country Fair offers diverse entertainments and activities for all of the family, from falconry to archery and beyond; there are so many things to do! The emphasis is on field sports activities with competitions in fly casting, gun dog handling and clay pigeon shooting. Take your pets for the day and children can enter them into the children's pet fair parade or, if you have a terrier, try out the terrier races. Activities in the main ring include gun dog or fly-casting demonstrations, pipe bands, sculptures, and so much more.
What is happening?
Each year there are a wide variety of events held in the main ring. From year to year the events do change but you can look forward to interesting, informative and entertaining activities and displays such as Clay Shooting (where you can win a cool £100!) Gundog Scurries, a variety of Casting Competitions and a breath-taking Falconry display!
Why is it such a special event?
- Novice Dog Tests are for dogs that have not won a competition before. Tests are held in June for Spaniels and Retrievers to select dogs that you will see competing at the event.
- There are two types of Gundog Scurry open to dogs of any breed which are used or being trained as gundogs. Entries will be taken at the Scurry Tent. In the first, the dog will be required to jump a fence and retrieve dummies from scrub and water. A shot will be fired. Judging is on the time taken to deliver both dummies to hand. In the second a "Three Bird (Dummy) Pick Up", the dog is required to retrieve three "Blind" dummies in any order.
- In the Scottish Communications 4 bird Pick Up, the dog is required to collect 4 hidden dummies against the clock. Competitors are allowed only one entry per dog. Competition to be held on both days.
- Terrier Racing provides a light-hearted contrast to the more serious working gundog tests. Terriers of any breed will be eligible to race after a moving dummy over a short course.
- There will also be Gun Dog Handling Demonstrations.
The field events are all on the perimeter of the fair and you are welcome to come and join in or just to watch.
The Highland Field Sports Fair features a fantastic range of clay shooting competitions.
- 30 target Sporting Competition. 1st Prize £100 plus various other prizes.
- 25 target Down The Line Competition. 1st Prize £100 plus various other prizes including Bruichladdich Botantis Gin.
- Sporting High Gun (aggregate over two days). £100 prize money.
- Down The Line High Gun (aggregate over two days). £100 prize money.
- All prize winners (excluding Juniors) will be entered into a draw for one nights accommodation at Bruichladdich Distiller House on Islay and a VIP tasting tour
There is also a novice stand for beginners. This allows anyone to have a go at clay target shooting at the game fair under expert supervision, regardless of age.
Small Bore Rifle Shooting
- Daily competitions on Friday and Saturday for three groups - Junior, Ladies and Men, with a trophy for the highest returned score each day in each group. The A.M. MacArthur Trophy is awarded to the shooter with the highest combined score over two days.
Anglers Corner features the best in fishing and angling with:
- Fly Casting Demonstration and Tuition
- Angling Advisory Centre and Exhibition
- Fly Tying
The Country fair is about families, and to that end we provide as much entertainment for children as we can. There are normally a variety of events and kids activities suitable for children of all ages including the madcap fun of Bubbles the Clown who will be on hand to help you laugh your way around the fair. There are pony rides for the young; and for the slightly older, they can challenge their friends to a game of Lazer Tag or the towering rock climbing wall. Plus, the Children's Pet Parade is always loved by kids and dogs alike!
What can we do there?
Children are welcome to try out all of the sports, as long as they are big enough, then we provide people to ensure that everything is done correctly and safely. No child will be without an adult supervisor if they visit any of the activities sections such as:
- Musket Shooting
- Air Rifles and Catapults
- Casting Competitions
- Companion Dog Show (Dog fairs on Saturday only)
- Wood Turning
- Celtic Knot work
- Spinning and Weaving
- Willow Basket Making
- Hand Made Sweets
- Ornamental Stonework
- Hand Thrown Porcelain
- Stained and Leaded Glass
Where it’s at!?
The fair is open from 10am to 6pm both days. Tickets are purchased at the gate on the day.
2014 Admission Prices:
Children go free (under 16)