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Highland Games



Be all you Clan Be

Scotland has a very long tradition and history when it comes to the Highland Games.

It is believed that the games originated from Scottish Clans, having a much-anticipated ding-dong against each other in various competitive sporting events.

Weaklings aside, the Clan Chiefs were always keen to select the best men for the job. It is thought that it was a clans chieftains way of assuring that he had the best bodyguards, and the best fighters. Contenders ready!

If you were strong, fast, fit and considered entertaining, the likelihood would’ve been you’d be the first name on the team sheet.

There are thought to be in the region of 500 clan and family associations registered around the world, with clan gatherings popular to those passionate about their Scottish heritage.

Despite ascertaining the power of dedicated warriors and flexing the muscles, a healthy dose of indulging entertainment has always added flavour to already colourful proceedings. Music, dancing, and poetry responsible for bringing a pleasurable balance.

What remains fascinating about the games today, is that some events still bring an element of authenticity, by using original everyday items. Rounded stones from river beds and branches stripped from Scottish pine trees provide shot putt and caber material respectively.

It is understood that the formalisation of the games and its subsequent addition to the annual calendar, dates back to around the 1820’s.

Hammer throwing, toss the caber, shot putt, all powerhouse events with lighter natured goings on coming in the form of tug of war, cycling, highland dancing and solo piping.

If you fancy the thrill of a kilted warrior chucking an extremely large log of wood in the air, or wish to adorn your favourite tartan and jig to the delightful tones of talented pipers, the Highland Games is calling your name.

Considered one of the most popular events in the Scottish calendar with no shortage of locations committed to celebrating the historical cultural gathering. Gourock, Atholl, Bridge of Allan, Dufftown, St Andrews, Inverness, Aberdeen and Arisaig to name but a few, are all proud annual hosts.

Shorn the pines, wrestle a boulder, rattle the drum or recite a poem in celebration of another one of Scotland’s proud heritage offerings.