The Scottish Highland Games experience
A day out at the Stirling Highland Games
By mid-August, Highland Games season is slowly drawing to a close for 2014. Of the lowland ones I have attended, Stirling comes out top for me this year. A terrific setting, surprisingly good catering options and a nice range of activities make for a great day out.
Of course the scale of some of the Highland Games in the north are without equal but for accessibility to the central region, there is still much to love about those further south. The Stirling Highland Games have moved recently to the Sports Village to the east of the city beside Stirling Albion’s ground and it really is an excellent spot. The Ochils and Wallace Monument boldly overhang the competing area.
On the Programme for the day are a good range of competitions – running for various ages and distances, cycling, caber tossing, putting various heavy objects and some long jumping. Unfortunately the Tug of War was cancelled late in the day, a real shame as this is always one to rouse the spectators. Sometimes the simplest are the best and for me, you can’t beat throwing a big tree trunk. Caber tossing is the simple process of chucking the log following a running start and trying to get it to fully flip itself. It requires a huge amount of strength and technique on the part of the man-mountain doing the throwing and always gets a big cheer if done successfully.
The food options at these kind of events are very often dire. Overpriced, unhealthy and awful is to be expected far too often. The Stirling Games have excelled themselves though and the choice is actually pretty impressive. Angus beef burgers and even Asian influenced meat and veg dishes are on offer!
At £7, the entry fee is higher than some but still represents excellent value if you plan to spend a significant portion of your day at the event.
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