Scottish men have tested their strength against each other at Highland gatherings for centuries. King Malcolm Ceanmore, who began his reign in 1057, is credited with initiating crude forms of today's Scottish Highland Games' athletic competition as a means of improving the abilities of his military. While the games had become festive occasions by the sixteenth century, they were still seen as a way for kings and chiefs to choose their best men.
Today's Scottish Highland Games athletes may have day jobs, but they are still warriors! And the events are not only for the men! Athletic events take place on the Main Field and other locations.