It is that time of the year when clans get together for a day of celebrations. Last year we headed to Lochearnhead for the annual Highland Games (read the blog here), and this year we decided to travel to Callander where their very own Games took place again after a break last year. Here’s what happened exactly one week ago (if you missed it, make sure you do not make the same mistake again next year!).
Locals, tourists and visitors of all ages were able to enjoy an afternoon of fun sports, games, food, drinks and more. Started according to tradition with a parade along the main street, the event was officially opened by The Chieftain Athol Macmillan at 1pm. Just in time for lunch, food and drink stalls provided mouth-watering food for everyone, and in the Snacks Bar Beer Tent local musicians took care of the musical accompaniment for the day.
Traditional events such as caber toss and hammer throw, stone putt and weight for distance put the professionals in the spotlight. At the same time, a wide range of secondary competitions inspired visitors from all over the world to challenge each other (and their own physical abilities).
But this family-friendly event did not leave anyone behind: children and pets were also entertained with thrill rides, the K9 Callander Dog Competition and more activities and stalls such as bouncy castles and the popular owl display. All around the games field, local business owners and artisans showcased and sold their unique products.
The tribal band Clan An Drumma delighted the audience with their lively performance, while on the other side of the field talented locals gave an example of traditional highland dancing.
The Highland Games are a wonderful display of this country’s history, traditions and cultural identity as well as a perfect example of Scottish hospitality. Definitely something to add to your bucket list if you haven’t already. In fact, why not plan your next holiday around the games? Check out our properties in Callander today.