The Cowal Highland Gathering has named Taggart star Blythe Duff as its Chieftain for this year’s event.
Ms Duff will attend Scotland’s largest highland gathering at the end of August and will present the prizes to the winners in the world highland dancing championships and the Cowal Pipe Band Championships. The STV star will also receive the salute during the spectacular massed bands which close the gathering.
Ms Duff said "I am so delighted to be asked to be Honorary Chieftain of the Cowal Highland Gathering 2011. I am aware of the incredible amount of effort that goes into producing the games, so I look forward to experiencing all they have to offer.
"Having family in Ardentinny and a holiday home on the Isle of Bute, I know how important they are to Argyll and Bute and to Scotland. I look forward to catching up with the competitors and would like to take this opportunity to wish them all the best for the event."
Cowal Gathering event manager Malcolm Barclay said: "We are delighted that Blythe Duff has agreed to be our Honorary Chieftain this year and look forward to welcoming her to Dunoon.
"Blythe is well known for her stage and TV acting career but she is also a keen supporter of Scottish culture and the arts. We are sure she will enjoy her day with us, particularly taking the salute from the massed bands, which is breathtaking."
The Cowal Highland Gathering takes place in Dunoon Stadium, Dunoon on August 25, 26 and 27 from 9am to 6pm daily. More information and tickets are available on www.cowalgathering.com or by contacting 01369 703206.