I’ve just got back from a fantastic time at the Edinburgh Festival, and seeing the majestic Military Tattoo has got me hungry for more traditional Scottish breaks. So you can imagine how glad I was to find out we’re just a couple of weeks away from the biggest event of the Highland Games calendar!
Highland Games take place all over Scotland and throughout most of the year, but it’s the Braemar Gathering, traditionally held on the first Saturday of September, that always draws the biggest crowd – most famously the Royal Family!
So if you want to join the prestigious company and see some fighting-fit Scots putting their skills to the test in events like the tug-o-war, hammer throw and caber toss, you can head to the Aberdeenshire town on Saturday 4 September and look forward to a legendarily warm welcome.
The Braemar Gathering isn’t just about strong men getting down and dirty though. The events are mixed in with performances from pipers and dancers, which should be a great pick-me-up for anyone who enjoyed the Edinburgh Tattoo.
Events scheduled for the 2010 Braemar Gathering include the InterServices Unit Tug of War Championship and Services Medley Relay, involving teams from HM Forces, and the traditional hill race up Morrone. Young sport fans won’t be left out either, as the event also features a children’s sack race and – who knows? – you might even get a chance to meet the Queen!
Grandstand tickets are already sold out, but you can still get stand and ringside tickets for the day’s events, which run from 9.30am to 5pm. Be sure to book your Scotland hotel with Superbreak ahead of time to get the best view of the gorgeous Highlands during your trip, and please remember to wrap up warm too!