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Written by on 17/01/2012

Cowal Highland Gathering have been nominated for a prestige Noea Award to be announced at

the NOEA Awards Dinner to be held at the Birmingham International Airport Hotel on Thursday 22nd March.

The Cowal Highland Gathering are up against the Royal Highland Show in their category


The National Outdoor Events Association is the UK’s leading outdoor events trade association.
The association is dedicated to enhancing professionalism in the outdoor events industry through education, networking, lobbying, advice and creating business opportunities.
The NOEA membership is comprised of event suppliers, event production professionals, event and festival organisers, entertainment agencies, local authority events departments, venues, universities and freelancers.                                                                                                                                       Cowal Highland Gathering have released the following press release…………………………………. 

Cowal Highland Gathering Nominated in Top National Awards

News Release  16th January 2012

The Cowal Highland Gathering, the largest highland gathering in Scotland, is delighted to announce that it has reached the final two in the prestigious National Outdoor Events Association’s NOEA Scotland Award.

The National Outdoor Events Association is the trade association specialising in the outdoor event industry. Each year they hold an awards ceremony recognising the events and individuals in the event industry that have excelled in the previous year. It is the Oscars of the Events Industry.

Categories in the awards include “Event Innovation of the Year”, “Small Event of the Year”, “Event Organiser of the Year” and the NOEA Scotland Award for the Scottish Event of the Year.  It is in this category that the Cowal Gathering has reached the final two.

Cowal Gathering Event Manager, Malcolm Barclay, said “I am delighted that the Cowal Highland Gathering has been recognised in this way by our industry peers, it is amazing recognition of the outstanding work done by our small team of volunteers, conveners, suppliers, competitors, sponsors and the local council who are all so important to the success of the event. It is also recognition of the efforts Dunoon and it’s people make to accommodate the event and the thousands of people who attend. To win the award would be an honour, but just reaching the final two against such tough competition feels amazing.”

The winners will be announced at the National Outdoor Events Association Awards Ceremony in Birmingham on the 22nd March.

For further information visit or contact Malcolm Barclay, Event Manager, on 01369 703206.

Cowal Highland Gathering is the largest highland gathering in Scotland and this year takes place in Dunoon Stadium, Dunoon on the 23rd, 24th and 25th August 2012 from 9am – 6pm daily.

More information is available on or by contacting the Cowal office on 01369 703206


For More information please contact

Malcolm Barclay

Event Manager

Cowal Highland Gathering


01369 703206

Notes to editors:

For all media accreditation enquiries please contact Malcolm Barclay, Event Manager on 01369 703206 or

About Cowal Highland Gathering:

•           Since the very first gathering on 11th August 1894, Cowal Highland Gathering has become a world famous institution and has gone from strength to strength.  For decades, Cowal has been a major promoter of highland games, music, dance, tradition and remains a key date in the Highland Dancing and Piping competition calendar.

•           The event attracts 3500 competitors from all over the world with many from Scottish communities-in-exile as far flung as Canada and New Zealand.

The event is host to the World Highland Dancing Championships, the Cowal Pipe Band Championships, international heavy athletics and traditional wrestling competitions, the ceilidh tent (featuring headliners Bags of Rock), a childrens entertainment tent with puppet shows, magicians and bubble factory and a food court featuring Food from Argyll, a collection of local producers of the freshest, tastiest foods around.

  • This year’s event starts on Thursday 23rd August, continuing on the 24th August and the main day is Saturday 25th August.