Highland Games

Tossing the Caber Highland Games
Tossing the Caber at the Cornhill Highland Games.

 

The Highland Games are one of the most traditional and popular events to take place in different towns all over Scotland during the summer months. Many of the Games are held against a backdrop of some marvellous scenery, including Inveraray Castle, the seat of the Clan Campbell where Downton Abbey was filmed in Christmas 2013.

The Games take place between May and September, These events range from small community events to larger events, for example in Braemar with over 10,000 spectators which is attended by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Some Games are relative newcomers while many of the events have traditionally been held for well over 100 years.

These events range from the heavy events (hammer throwing, tossing the caber, (a tree trunk) throwing the hammer, the shot) through to the light events (running, cycling, tug o war, highland dancing, solo piping). Each event has a jury and the results are given at the end of the day

At the games there are many stalls selling Clan goods, whisky, and Scottish souvenirs, food and drink around the arena which makes for a great family day out.

 

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