Markinch Competitions

The Markinch Competitions


The Markinch monthly Highland Dancing competitions are something of an institution, having been running for forty years. They are always held on the fourth Saturday of the month (even if there are five) in January, February, October and November.  There are two annual competitions, one in April and the Autumn Festival held in September.

There will be no April annual competition this year (2018) as the hall is unavailable.

For the monthlies you can enter before the event or simply turn up and enter on the day if you like. Entries for the annual must be pre-paid and received by the preceding Thursday (no phone or email entries). To pre-enter, simply download the relevant entry form (see below) from this page, print it, fill it in and send it in with your entry money. (It’s slightly cheaper that way!) Competing fees are £1.50 per dance for pre-paid entries and £2 per dance for late entries (annual) or entries paid on the day (monthly).

Note that entries for the Markinch Monthlies by email are much preferred to telephone entries, and should include the dancer''s name, age (at the date of competition), which section (Primary, Beginner, etc.), your home town and the name of your dance school. Also, if you''re not entering for all dances in the section, indicate which ones you are entering for.

At the monthlies dancing starts at 12:30pm and we’re usually done by around 4:00pm. At the annual in April and September, dancing starts with Primary, Beginner and Novice grades at 10:30am, and they are usually done by around 1:00pm. For Intermediate and Premier, dancing commences around 1:00pm (once the other grades are done) and is usually complete by about 4:30pm.

Parking is a bit limited, being mainly street parking, although there is a small school car park just opposite, which is open for free public parking at weekends. The address is Markinch Town Hall, Betson Street, Markinch, KY7 6AA.

We run a small shop where you can buy light refreshments, cakes, biscuits, cold drinks, tea, coffee, etc., staffed by our stalwart band of willing volunteer helpers, to whom we shall be eternally grateful.

At the door you will usually be greeted by Nancy Stewart, who will gladly sell you your entry ticket. Entry at the door is £2.00 for adults and £1.50 for OAPs and non-competing children.

Entry Forms

Here you can download entry forms for the Markinch Monthly competitions, the Annual Festival held in April and the Autumn Festival held in September at the same venue.



To download a form, right-click the form''s link on this page and choose [Save Target As…] (Internet Explorer) or [Save Link As…] (Firefox) and save the file to your desktop. From there the form can be viewed and printed with Adobe Reader. Most computers have this program already. If you don''t you can download it free from the Adobe site.