The Highland Games have been a classic part of Scottish culture for centuries. Many stories have been told purporting to explain the origins of highland games:
▪ A method of finding the best warriors to fight for the clan chieftain
▪ A way of passing the time for agricultural workers - using available items such as hammers, tree trunks and bales of straw as a means of testing the strength.
Whatever the origins, highland games take place regularly in many highland villages and towns every year. Set in the splendid natural amphitheatre of the surrounding hills, Lochearnhead Games are still run along traditional lines as a "village games"
Here in the lands of MacGregor, MacLaren, MacNab, and Stewart of Strathern, you can experience all the thrills of traditional highland games at Lochearnhead in a fabulous setting beside Loch Earn; the swing of the kilt, the bagpipes, highland dancing, tossing the caber and all the other elements of traditional highland games.
At Lochearnhead Highland Games the organisers run the traditional range of heavyweight events in both local and open competitions. Heavy and light hammers, caber tossing, shot-putt, weight over the bar, tug-o-war as well as a number of track and field events, including a gruelling hill race. Lochearnhead Highland Games still holds records for Olympic athletes such as Geoff Capes.
Traditional highland dancing and a range of piping events run throughout the afternoon, often with an opportunity to see world champion competitors in the most picturesque surroundings imaginable. There are also fun events for children and the more adventurous adults.
A number of trade stands are also present selling a range of confectionery, clothing and craft goods. On-field food and bar facilities are provided.
For more information on events taking place visit the website at http://lochearnheadhighlandgames.co.uk
If you are staying in one of our self-catering holiday cottages on 23rd July why not got to the Lochearnhead Highland Games and experience first hand how some of the Scottish traditions are being preserved within the highland games events.