Cowal Highland Games offers free drumming workshops and invites mass participation in Cowal Hill Race

Stephen Creighton, lead drummer with the renowned and on-song St Laurence O’Toole Grade 1 Pipe Band, is hosting two free snare drum workshops next Friday, 30th August 30, as part of the programme for the 2013 Cowal Highland Gathering.

The workshops are open to anyone of school age.

  • The morning session, from 11am-12.30pm, is geared towards those who have no previous experience.
  • The afternoon session, from 2-3.30pm, is open to young drummers who would like to hone their existing skills.

Cowal Highland Gathering chair Ronnie Cairns says that Stephen is ‘…excited about introducing youngsters to the instrument who have never drummed before. He’s passionate about what he does, and is indisputably one of the world’s top drummers as his countless awards confirm. As far as he’s concerned, the more young people who catch the drumming bug, the better.

‘There are still some places available at these workshops, which are limited to 20 people per session and are being allocated on a first come, first served basis. So I would urge anyone interested to sign up today.’

Application forms are available:

  • from the Cowal Highland Gathering office on Hillfoot Street in Dunoon
  • by email from
  • or by calling 01369 703206.

Then there’s The Camel’s Hump

Local runners are under pressure to show visiting runners a receding image as they scorch over The Camel’s Hump in the 2013 inaugural Cowal Hill Race on the following day -  Saturday 31st August.

The 5km race will set off from the town centre at 1.30pm before hauling itself over The Camel’s Hump and finishing in the stadium.


From 11.30am, local ceilidh band Canned Haggis entertains runners and competitors in the Argyll Gardens- and the communal ceilidh dancing will rock Dunoon.

A pipe band will play from 1pm in the Argyll Gardens and will then play the runners along the street to the start line by the Burgh Hall.

Ronnie Cairns is hoping to see a large posse of competitive and larky locals on the starting line, so anyone who hasn’t already registered should take up the challenge, add to the communal fun and sign up.

Runners wishing to enter should go to this page of the Cowal Gathering website and click on the entry link. Alternatively, visit the Gathering office on Hillfoot Street in Dunoon or call 01369 703206.

Tickets can also be bought at these locations.

The 2013 Cowal Highland Gathering runs from Thursday 29th to Saturday 31st August.

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2 Responses to Cowal Highland Games offers free drumming workshops and invites mass participation in Cowal Hill Race

  1. Would loved to have had the chance to have a go at the drumming in my youth. As for the rest of the entertainment is looks like a real and genuine effort to drive the new creation of next years games. I would bet that if the fun element gets reinstalled to the games then we might not have as many bands back but far more families.

    Nice to see imagination arriving back to the Cowal shore. Keep it up

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    • I echo your sentiment MB, although I don’t think the imagination has just appeared, I fear it was suppressed by the demands of the pipeband association wanting to be centre stage to the detriment of everything else. Fingers crossed for a fine weather day to attract the day trippers down the water for a day to remember

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