THE Loch Lomond Highland Games attracted thousands of visitors to Balloch on Saturday.

The Moss O’Balloch Park event featured competitions including cycling, running, hammer throwing, heavy weights and the traditional tossing of the caber and tug-of-war.

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A 42-piece symphonic wind band from Belgium and Basque athletes performing stone lifting and wood cutting also entertained the crowds.

Dancers thrilled the audience by performing traditional highland dances and music came from Helensburgh and Clan Colquhoun and Tulliallan Pipe Bands.

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The popular games welcomed visitors from America, Italy, France, Belgium, China and Canada who travelled to Scotland to enjoy the event.

West Dunbartonshire Provost William Hendrie, said: "Well done to all the competitors for putting on such a great show and thanks to the spectators for supporting the high quality sport on offer. It’s been lovely to meet so many people who have travelled here to enjoy this great event.

"The Loch Lomond Highland Games has always been a great family day out offering something for everyone to enjoy. I am proud of our Scottish heritage and the Games are a great way for tourists and visitors to get a true taste of Scotland. Well done to both the Games’ committee and West Dunbartonshire Leisure on organizing yet another hugely successful event.”

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The Chieftain of the Loch Lomond Highland Games, Major James Macrae said: "Once again I am delighted with this year’s event which has been a great success and has been very well attended. It is great testament to everyone involved in organising the Games, which attracts contestants and spectators from home and abroad every year. I would like to thank everyone who played their part in making this year’s games a huge success. On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank our contestants and sponsors, in particular West Dunbartonshire Council, for their continued support."

For a full round up of results please visit Loch Lomond High Games website at