Games are renowned the world over as a unique event combining skills,
culture, music and real Scottish hospitality. While the games still contain
a very competitive, the spectacle of Highland dancing and pipe bands combined
with the tradition and excitement of the occasion make the Games a real
highlight for any visitor lucky enough to be in Scotland at the right
The origin of the
Games are like most traditions lost in the mists of time - however the
popularity of the Games is as strong as ever especially in the USA where
there are many more Highland Games held than in Scotland!!
A typical Highland
Games will include pipe band competitions, highland dancing and traditional
feats of strength such as tossing the caber, throwing the hammer, the
shot putt and a tug-of-war.
In recent years Billy
Connolly, the famous Scottish comedian, has become the patron of the Lonach
Gathering. This small local Highland Games event in the village of Bellabeg,
close to Connolly's Highland estate at Candacraig has attracted such celebrities
as Dame Judi Dench, Steve Martin and Robin Williams. Photographers and
visitors alike have appreciated the effort that these stars have made
to dress in kilts and participate in the events.
Connolly won over
the hearts of the locals by adopting the role of the laird and taking
part in the traditional march of the Men of Lonach, which has taken place
annually for the last 159 years.
- A full listing
of Highland Games held throughout America can be found at the web site
belonging to the Associate of Scottish Games & Festivals www.asgf.org
Other useful details
Ballater Highland Games Limited,
PO Box 2,
Mr Edward Anderson,
Tel: 01339 755771
Mr Gerry Reynolds,
The Highland Council,
Inverness, IV1 1JJ
Tel: 01463 724 2626
Fax: 01463 713050
From 24/8/2001 to 25/8/2001
60 Argyll Street,
Ms Janet Fletcher,
Tel: 01369 703206
Fax: 01369 704483
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