Like many traditions, the origins of the games are 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.
Details of Highland Games held in Scotland and a full calendar listing are accessible at www.visitscotland.com/library/highlandgamescalendar
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 include:
PO Box 2,
Mr Edward Anderson,
Tel: 01339 755771
The Highland Council,
Inverness, IV1 1JJ
Tel: 01463 724 2626