Highland Games

(Lincoln NH)
Attended the Scottish Highland Games and Festival. Opening Ceremonies included a performance by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Pipes and Drums with Dancers.

Highland Games – Royal Canadian Mounted Police Pipes & Drums

The games included Caber Toss, Hammer Throw, Heavy Weight Distance Carry, Stone Lifting, Stone Put, and Weight Over Bar. We saw many, but often the action was too distant to get good photos. The feats of strength and skill were impressive.

Event Standing Stone
Caber Toss

A demonstration that stabbed, skewered and chopped pumpkins with various early Scottish weaponry, along with commentary on how and why each is used was interesting. There were Try It classes when spectators could attempt the weapons skills, and games events.

Stone Lifting by Spectator
Sword Demonstration

We saw the Sheep Dog Trials where each dog had to guide sheep through and around obstacles, then return them through a gate. And of course, we enjoyed the roving bagpipe players, bands, traditional foods and drinks, vendors selling tartans, themed merchandise and educational booths.

Battle Axe Demo
Sheep Dog Trials

It was the first of three days with warm weather in a beautiful setting. Even with all the walking involved, it was a fun day!

Camp: Wayside Inn
Scene: Pagentry, sports, weapons, dogs

Also see: Scottish Festival and Celtic Concert

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4 Responses to Highland Games

  1. Nancy October 16, 2019 at 12:52 pm #

    A bonnie setting indeed!

    • Pleinguy October 16, 2019 at 12:55 pm #

      Big fun in a wonderful place with a great friend.

  2. Bradford Harris October 22, 2019 at 7:32 pm #

    Sounds like a lot of fun! I would be looking for some haggis for sure! The weaponry demonstrations with pumpkins sound fascinating. I imagine it was also interesting to see the sheep dogs at work.

    • Pleinguy October 22, 2019 at 7:38 pm #

      All truly fun! And, you would have liked the haggis.

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