Innerleithen Cleikum Ceremony & St Ronans Border Games

Where: Innerleithen, Borders at the Memorial Hall, Leithen Crescent and Victoria Park
When: Friday & Saturday of 3rd week in July
Time: From 7pm on Friday ; all day Saturday from 11


The Cleikum Ceremony is part of the St Ronans Games at Innerleithen and is held on the Friday evening of the third week in July. St Ronan is said to have engaged the Devil in combat and the Cleikum Ceremony is a play which re-enacts this event; a local boy represents the saint, who hooks the Devil with his staff and drives him out of town, followed by a short ceremony at the Wells at 8.30 and a Masonic Ceremony by the Cross near the church. A flower parade is held in the morning at 11 and a costumed pageant processes around town on Saturday from 1.45 at Leithen Crescent with pipe bands. This is  followed by the Games themselves at 2pm in Victoria Park, featuring events such as hill races and tug-of-war. In the evening a torchlit procession forms at Leithen Crescent at 10pm; this culminates with the Burnin’ the De’il and a fireworks display on Caerlee Hill. It’s a packed weekend with other events leading up to it (see website for details) and something for everyone, except perhaps the Devil….

Helpful Hints

In 2017 the Cleikum Ceremony takes place on Friday 14th July with the whole festival running from 8th to 15th July.

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