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So...You Want to Be a Highland Games Athlete?

Go big or go home - training for the Highland Games.

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Festival Photos

A kilted contestant twirls and hurls a heavy burden during a hammer throw event in Glenfinnan. Traditional highland games feature a heady mix of dance, drink, and food to complement feats of athletic prowess.

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Sorry, Gloria–We LIKE Alpha Males! (Wild Eyed Southern Celt)

Sorry, Gloria–We LIKE Alpha Males!

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Highland games are events held throughout the year in Scotland & other countries as a way of celebrating Scottish & Celtic culture & heritage, especially that of the Scottish Highlands. Certain aspects of the games are so well known as to have become emblematic of Scotland, such as the bagpipes, kilt, & the heavy events, especially the caber toss. The games also include entertainment & exhibits related to other aspects of Scottish & Gaelic culture.

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Caber Tossing Dracokc on Flickr

Caber toss - Yes, please! Giant men in kilts throwing a telephone pole. I could watch this all day.

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The highland games are festivals held throughout the year in Scotland and other countries as a way of celebrating Scottish and Celtic culture and heritage. In their original form many centuries ago, Highland games revolved around athletic and sports competitions. Through these competitions the king would select the finest athletes to be his personal guard and entourage. The games were also a way for the clans to demonstrate their relative strength to each other with actually having to go too…