Across Scotland during the summer and Autumn, people gather in towns and villages to take part in their Highland Games.
Highland Games are an important event in a town or village’s social calendar with preparations taking place throughout the year. A Highland Games can contain all or some of the following events – heavy classes such as the classic tossing the caber and hammer, with the athletes traditionally wearing the kilt, a wide variety of highland dancing classes, athletics events – often including a hill race – and cycling events, each with prize money for the winning participants.
Highland Games are, at their heart, an important gathering time for the local community (they are almost always followed by a ceilidh in the evening) but they are also attended by athletes and spectators from around the world, wanting to see and take part in one of Scotland’s oldest traditions.
The Braemar Gathering is probably the best known of all the Highland Games. They take place the first Saturday of September and the event is usually attended by HM The Queen and other members of the Royal Family.
A long day at a Highland Games means a lot to carry and so we’d recommend the Skye satchel as a perfect Highland Games accessory – it’s big enough to carry lunch but can be worn cross body, should you wish to keep your hands free for sideshows or a drink or two! It is available either as a Harris Tweed satchel or a Tartan satchel, with the Fraser tartan an option for any Outlander fans out there.