Highland Games are a unique mix of sports, cultural events, and a healthy measure of socialization.
They generally include field and track events, piping and Highland dancing competitions, and 'heavy events' like the tug-o-war, the hammer throw, and tossing the caber. The games are a stirring celebration of Scottish identity and cultural pride which have endured through centuries of political turmoil and upheaval. Here is a selection of some local games and events taking place throughout the year.
One of the oldest traditional highland games in Scotland, a highlight being the parade with up to 9 pipe bands marching together. Happens right here in Nethy Bridge, the 2nd Saturday in August.
Perhaps the biggest and most prestigious Highland Games event, it enjoys the annual attendance of the Royal Family. Held in September.
A great example of a traditional Highland Games programme, and a beautiful drive to get there. Held the 3rd Saturday in July.
Traditional games held in August.
Competitors from around the globe cook up traditional and specialty porridges as they vie for the coveted golden spurtle trophy. Going strong in Carrbridge for over 25 years, annually in October.
This H.O.G. Rally features entertainment, food & drink, and Harleys galore. Happens the last weekend of August in Aviemore.
A must for anyone interested in vintage cars! Held every September in Grantown-on-Spey.
Chainsaw carving competition in September.
A celebration of the rich Strathspey tradition of music, song, and dance. Held in Grantown-on-Spey annually in September.
A Scottish celebration of the New Year. The Nethy Bridge celebration includes a torchlit procession, family ceilidh, and fireworks. Nearby Grantown-On-Spey features one of the largest hogmanay crowds in the Highlands.