Your Guide to the Highland Games in Scotland in 2014
With a bit of planning and co-ordination you could spend your entire holiday attending Highland Games in Scotland in 2014. In the summer months there’s an event happening most weekend somewhere in Scotland and the spectacle is worth a visit at least once on your holiday. Highland Games are a great family event celebrating the culture of Scotland with sport, music and dance. The event can vary in size from a small village gathering to the famous Braemar Highland Gathering which attracts visitors and competitors from all over the world and last year attracted an attendance of around 16,000 people. That’s not bad for a village with around 900 inhabitants the rest of the year, but clearly the attendance of the Royal Family is a big draw.
The traditional view of a kilted man up-ending an enormous tree trunk or Tossing the Kayber can be seen at the games. Inverness holds a unique place in Highland Games history as the Northern Meeting Games of 1822 featured stone lifting – a world first at any Games. From 12th to 14th September the Highland Strongman Show will return to the Northern Meeting Park and feature the original stone lifting challenge of lifting a 252 pound stone over a 5 foot bar. This is in addition to the annual Inverness Highland Games on 19th July.
Piping and Dancing
The Games are as much about music and dancing as they are about sports. The impressive sight of competing marching pipe bands can be seen today as well as demonstations of traditional Highland dancing. Originally clan chieftains would have pitted their pipers against those of other clans and the prestige that cam from success was considerable. The competitve element is a major attraction in its own right but when combined with the spectacle of Highland dancers and pipers, and the colour and grandour of the scenery which forms the backdrop, attendance of a Highland games becomes a must on any visitor’s Scotland itinerary.
For the full schedule of Highland Games in Scotland in 2014 click for dates and ticket information.