Monday, July 30, 2007

Inverness - not far from Culloden

This is the place where the World Highland Games returned to Scotland in 2007 after 12 years, says the New York Times July 24, 2007, in the "outdoors" section. The games consist of throwing stones, huge hammers and weights, and something called a caber. A caber is a pole tossed end over end. Twenty feet long, 123 pounds, says the article (by Joshua Robinson). Americans increasingly are joining in.

The article provides a history - games dating from the 11th Century, where bystanders to a long race where the king was searching for the fastest man, amused themselves with the various tossings. From there the sport moved to clan chieftans and royalty watching at the gatherings.

And websites. See And the brouhaha at Glasgow, For your own trip, here is a schedule Scotland-wide: /