The countdown has begun for this year’s Isle of Skye Highland Games.

Once again thousands of visitors are expected for the big event which will take place over Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 August.

Although the Skye Games in their present form were inaugurated in 1877, the tradition which they represent goes back hundreds of years before that, with clan celebrations that included fiercely-constested feats of strength and endurace, together with piping and other forms of entertainment similar to those that can be enjoyed at the games today.

On Tuesday there will be the piping competitions with admission costing Adults £4, Children £2.

Then on Wednesday there is the usual packed programmed with an all day ticket giving access to not only the Games but also to the remaining piping competitions. It costs Adults £8, Children £4 and tickets can only be purchased at the entrance to venues on the day.

The Skye games also includes a sailing race for "The Vice Admiral's Cup". The race is normally held on Tuesday, the day before the Games.

However the final decision on when the race will be held will be made by the Skye Sailing Club committee.

For full details about the programme and the various events then follow the link here