Inverkeithing Hat & Ribbon Race

Where: Inverkeithing, Fife - Parade from Townhall Street & Race on Hope Street
When: 1st Friday in August
Time: Parade 6.45pm, Race 7pm


Hat & Ribbon

The Hat & Ribbon Race is probably the oldest road race in Scotland with its origins hundreds of years ago in the races between local shepherds to win ribbons for their sweethearts (see article on Carnwath Red Hose Race for another contender!). Local men over 15 years of age are eligible to take part and there are also races for ladies and for children.The prize hat is paraded through town before the race accompanied by a pipe band.It’s part of the towns Lammas Fair held during the first week in August – rides and stalls are set up in The Square on the High Street and there are games and other entertainments over the weekend. The races last for around half-an-hour and there is a very friendly atmosphere with the crowd encouraging the runners up as wells the winners!

Helpful Hints

The road is closed to traffic at either end of the High Street for the funfair and for the races – there’s a handy little carpark on Hope Street just beside where the races are started and it’s outside the restricted area as long as you get there well before the races. Lots of food and drink available on the High Street and at the stalls in the fair.

In 2018 it will be on Friday August 3rd.

Entrants just need to turn up on the day -it’s all very relaxed. The event is organised by the Inverkeithing Community Council – click here for their Facebook page:

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