Scotland's Highland games

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  • A Highland dancer taking part in the sword dancing event whilst a piper plays at the Ballater Highland Games
    Sword dancing at the Ballater Highland Games
  • Looking out over the Braemar Gathering held in September, Aberdeenshire
    The Braemar Gathering, held in September, in Aberdeenshire
  • The 100 m dash at the Luss Highland Gathering, Argyll
    The 100 m dash at the Luss Highland Gathering
  • Newtonmore Highland Games
    Newtonmore Highland Games
  • Members of the Wallace clan take part in the tug o' war competition at Lonach Highland Gathering and Games, Aberdeenshire
    A tug o' war competition at Lonach Highland Gathering and Games, Aberdeenshire

Featuring a unique combination of culture, sport and social entertainment from heavy athletics to Highland dance, Highland games are a must for any visitor to Scotland.

Taking place around Scotland during the summer months, Highland games provide a unique combination of culture, sport and social entertainment.

From traditional heavy athletics like tug-o-war and caber tossing to Highland dance competitions, piping, and field and track events, Highland games are a must-see addition to a Scottish holiday.

Highland games attract competitors from around the world, as well as locals - why not join in yourself? The games are a spectacle like no other set against beautiful Scottish scenery with colorful dance displays, local produce and an exciting atmosphere.

From May to September a full programme of Highland games takes place in small towns and villages across the country as well as those within the grounds of famed castles, so there are plenty to choose from.

At the Braemar Gathering in Aberdeenshire, you might even be lucky enough to see the Royal Family who traditionally attend each year. Or why not head along to Ceres Highland Games in Fife, the oldest free games in Scotland?

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