The Kilted Mile

The Kilted Mile is a traditional event in Scottish Games as an alternative to the Heavy Events for the more fleet-footed.

Starting on the racetrack competitors will race over a mile, completing different obstacles/challenges along the course, looping back around to finish in front of the enthusiastic crowd. Challenges include eating the famous Hororata Pie, delicately consuming the traditional drink, and completing a few fun obstacles before going over the line in front of a huge crowd.

The winner will be the first person, in a kilt, over the line. If you don’t own a kilt, please borrow one or find some form of tartan attire to fit the theme of the day.

Competitors will run a mile lap on the famous Hororata Race Track at the Hororata Domain as a feature event of the Games programme. Three categories – men, women, and teens.


  • Adult 18+ years Lad
  • Adult 18 + years Lassie
  • Junior 14 – 17 years – lad or lassie

Time: 2.45pm

The Kilted Mile Race has a tradition dating to the reign of King Malcolm III. He decreed that a foot race be held, beginning at the current site of Braemar Castle, and finishing at the top of grim and forbidding Creag Choinnich.

According to tradition, young MacGregor was late starting the race, but sped like a deer and climbed the crag without a stumble. As he overtook the leaders, his elder brother tried to hold him back by grabbing his kilt. Knowing his brother’s strength, and being himself uninhibited, he slipped off his kilt, and so gained the victory.

Enter on the day at the event information building by 1.30 pm.

Entry Fees:

$5 per entry

$5 Kilt hire

A trophy will be awarded to the first kilted miler over the line, with silver and bronze medals for place getters in each category

  • Adult 18+ years Lad 
  • Adult 18 + years Lassie 
  • Youth Under 18 

Entry Dates

  • Enter on the day.

Entry fee

Enter fee is $5 + $5 kilt hire if required. Enter on the day.