This is a series of uniquely Scottish gatherings that captures the essence of a culture. Arcane strength events include tossing the caber, putting the shot, weight for height, tug o' war and hammer throw, but there are also stamina events like the hill race. Highland music and dancing also for part of this exposition or tartan life.
It is believed that the Games originated in the 11th century when King Malcolm III wanted a fleet-footed messenger and chose one by holding a race to the top of Craig Choinnich, near Braemar. Strength was the next test and then music and dancing were added to entertain the kings, queens and clan chiefs. The events enjoy royal patronage and they continue to evolve. The latest competition, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, is haggis hurling.