VisitScotland produces ultimate guide to country’s Highland games

Ever wondered who holds the world record for haggis hurling? Or which Highland games can lay claim to the biggest bowl of porridge?

To answer these and many other fundamental questions, VisitScotland has produced its first ever Highland games guide, which details 72 events taking place throughout the country between June and September 2014.

The free 98-page guide contains event history, as well as locations, timings, prices and what visitors can expect this year. There are even details on how to research a family tree.

The national tourism organisation’s guide, which describes the history and passion behind such events as the hammer throw, caber toss and tug o’ war, also includes 14 fast facts on Highland games, 12 uniquely Scottish things to explore and seven clan-associated Highland games.

VisitScotland Chief Executive Malcolm Roughead said: “Never before have we produced such a detailed and inspirational document on all things Highland games.

“With the busy summer season already upon us and various Highland games taking place, from the Glenmorangie Field at Tain to the links of Burntisland, there are countless opportunities to experience the pride, passion and buzz of these unique events.

“As Scotland welcomes the world this summer with the upcoming Commonwealth Games, Homecoming and The Ryder Cup, I would highly recommend taking the time to go along and experience first-hand some truly authentic Scottish culture and heritage.”

Ian Grieve, Secretary of the Scottish Highland Games Association said:

“This Highland games brochure looks like a very useful tool for overseas and home visitors who may be planning a visit to Scotland and looking to see a range of traditional sports events during the summer season. A really comprehensive account of individual games will aid visitors to make their decision on what events to attend.”

Scotland’s Highland games date back almost 1000 years. Held across the country from May to September, this national tradition is said to stem from the earliest days of the clan system but games have been held in their modern format since the 1800s.

To download the free guide, go to www.visitscotland.com/highlandgamesguide

With thanks to VisitScotland for the article.

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