Games are held annually throughout
Highland Games in
Scotland were originally started as a gathering of clan folk
by the Clan Chiefs for the purpose of having an ample fighting
force for the clan when called upon. Feats of strength and endurance were highly
respected and continue in today's Highland Games, with foot
races, putting the shot, throwing the weights, tossing the caber
and more. After the Battle of Culloden in 1746 Clan Gatherings
were outlawed by the Government in Westminster. Today's highland
games were allowed to start again in the early 1800s, with the
first games being held in Dunkeld.
Atholl Gathering The first Highland Games of the
season is held on the last Sunday in May at
Blair Atholl, This is a
gathering of the local people with lots of local stall holders displaying their wares, full of
camaraderie throughout the site. The Duke of Atholl opens the games.
The Atholl Highlanders, who march
on to the games field behind their magnificent pipes and drums
followed with their field gun. a great games to visit.
Atholl and Breadalbane Agricultural Show and Highland Games
is held on the second
of August each year. It is a two day
event starting on the Friday and finishing on the Saturday.
Great fun, with plenty of Clan Menzies there sporting their
The competition with the Clan Menzies manhood stone is
well worth watching.
Pipe Bands are a strong feature of any
Highland Games day.
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