INVERKEITHING Highland Games is set to power back into action this summer.

After a two-year absence because of the coronavirus pandemic, organisers have confirmed their plans to bring the popular event back to Ballast Bank on August 6.

Backed by EventScotland's National Events Programme, competitors from across the globe are expected to take part.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s director of events, said they were delighted to be supporting the Games.

"It joins an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events taking place across the country this year as part of the wider recovery of tourism and events in Scotland," he said.

“Events play an important role in our communities, enabling us all to connect, enjoy and share memorable experiences. Having them in our calendar further strengthens Scotland’s outlook and position as a world-leading events destination and reinforces Scotland’s place as the perfect stage for events.”

A £3,000 grant has been awarded to the event with the aim of attracting more visitors from across the UK and abroad.

American, Canadian and English visitors are regulars at Inverkeithing and the records from the Chieftain’s Tent also reveal that individuals from Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand have already attended past Games.

The grant is also aimed at ensuring all waste arising from these Games will be dealt with in an environmentally-friendly way, with maximum recycling taking place.

Attractions will include the popular heavyweight contest, Highland Dancing – which is expected to attract 200 competitors, and track cycle racing, with three separate Scottish Championships at stake.

Track athletics, children's races and pipe bands will also form part of the schedule, while an array of craft and food stalls will also be on offer.