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Scottish Highland - A brief introduction

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Scottish Pipers with Bagpipes at Highland Games Scottish Pipers with Bagpipes at Highland Games

Scotland's Highland Games are renowned the world over as a unique event combining skills, culture, music and real Scottish hospitality.

While the games still contain a very competitive aspect, the spectacle of Highland dancing and pipe bands combined with the tradition and excitement of the occasion make the games a real highlight for any visitor lucky enough to be in Scotland at the right time.

Like many traditions, the origins of the games are lost in the mists of time - however the popularity of the games is as strong as ever especially in the USA where there are many more Highland Games held than in Scotland!!

A typical Highland Games will include pipe band competitions, highland dancing and traditional feats of strength such as tossing the caber, throwing the hammer, the shot putt and a tug-of-war.

Details of Highland Games held in Scotland and a full calendar listing are accessible at www.visitscotland.com/library/highlandgamescalendar

A full listing of Highland Games held throughout America can be found at the web site belonging to the Associate of Scottish Games & Festivals www.asgf.org

 

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Other useful details include:

Ballater Highland Games Limited

PO Box 2,
Ballater,
AB35 5RZ
Mr Edward Anderson,
Tel: 01339 755771

Inverness Highland Games

The Highland Council,
Town House,
Inverness, IV1 1JJ
Tel: 01463 724 2626
Email: gerry.reynolds@highland.gov.uk

Cowal Highland Gathering

From 24/8/2001 to 25/8/2001
60 Argyll Street, Dunoon, PA23 7NE
Ms Janet Fletcher,
Tel: 01369 703206
Email: info@cowalgathering.com
Web: www.cowalgathering.com

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