The Highland Games are one of Scotland’s great traditions, which take place across the country between May and September each year.
Games and Clan Gatherings are a unique mix of sporting, cultural and social events. They usually consist of a programme of pipe band displays, field and track events including 'heavy events' like the tug-o-war, hammer throws and tossing the caber, plus piping and Highland dancing competitions. Many also have a long distance or hill race.
The Braemar Gathering, held on the first Saturday in September, is the biggest and most prestigious Highland Games, attended by members of the Royal Family. Its origins date back to 1040 when Malcolm Canmore introduced contests of strength in running, throwing and riding as a means of selecting the most able men for soldiers and couriers.