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City of Inverness Highland Games

Inverness Highland Games returned after over 50 years back to Northern Meeting Park in 2011. One of Scotland's traditional games, first held in 1822, it's a compendium of what can be done in kilts, from "heavy" sports to Scottish dancing and bagpiping.

As capital of the Highlands, Inverness puts on a great show. Tartan-clad competitors sweat profusely as they hurl large objects as far as they can: shots (which are putt), hammers (which are thrown) and cabers (which are tossed). Then there are the weights, heavier than either the shot or the hammer (16lb or 22lb): 28lb weights thrown over distance and 56lb weights thrown for height.

More colourful and easier on the eye are the Scottish dancing events and the massed pipe bands.

City of Inverness Highland Games Information


When: Jul 2013 (annual)

Where: Inverness

Cost: £8; concessions £4; under 5s free

Opening Hours: 11.30am

Address: Ardross Street, Inverness, IV3 5NN

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