A virtual Highland Games event has been hailed as a success by organisers.
With visitors missing out on annual Highland Games events across Scotland and around the world, organisers of the Braemar Gathering hosted a socially distanced and behind closed doors competition last month.
It saw the Braemar Gathering’s Facebook page broadcast events in a day of scheduled content.
Producers Braemar Media used recent footage of the Hill Race and Tug of War competitions to pull together a programme which gave a virtual audience from across the world a taste of a day out at a Highland Games.
President of the Braemar Royal Highland Society David Geddes said: “This was a great team effort and I have to commend and thank those who came together at short notice to work towards Saturday’s event.
“Plans were only hatched in July when we came out of lockdown, and there were a number of times we weren’t sure if we would be allowed to film at the end of August due to rule changes.
“However our luck held out and we had a great day of filming with everyone very conscious of being socially distanced.
“I must admit it was a very strange atmosphere in the grounds where normally we would expect more than 16,000 on a games day, the stands were empty and the silence very noticeable.
“We are extremely grateful for all the support we have had from the competitors and athletes involved and from our Kindred Gatherings of Aboyne, Ballater and Lonach.
“They, along with the SHGA and the other partners, have helped to push this event out across the country and informed people that we are still here, and that visitors should consider adding a visit to one or two of the games that go on across Scotland to their plans for 2021.”