But do you know where the world's oldest Highland Games take place, or where they toss giant champagne corks instead of the caber? Find out below in our list of Highland Games facts.

Pipe band marching at the Highland Games
Photo credit: VisitScotland / David N Anderson

  • The Highland Games held each June at Ceres in Fife, the oldest free games in Scotland, began under a Charter awarded by Robert the Bruce in recognition of the villagers' support at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314
  • The first Highland Games in the USA took place in New York in 1836
  • The Braemar Gathering which takes place during the first weekend in September, is the only Games attended annually by the British Royal Family
  • Prosser Scottish Festivals and Games in Washington, is renowned for the "Anvil Launch" wherein a blacksmith's anvil is launched into the air with a quarter-stick of dynamite! An explosive way to mark the start and end of the Games
  • At the Bellingham Highlands Games in Ferndale, Washington, you can hunt the 'Nessie eggs', where mini watermelons are hidden around the park, the lucky hunters can swap their precious Nessie eggs for prizes. Let's hope the eggs are easier to spot than Nessie!
  • Snefj¸rd Highland Games in Finnmark, Norway, are the most northern games in the world
  • Logan Park in Dunedin, New Zealand, hosts one of the most southerly games in the world
  • At some Highland Games in France a giant champagne cork is tossed instead of a caber
  • The Caledonian Club of San Francisco hosts the largest Highland Games in the Northern Hemisphere
  • The world record for the biggest bowl of porridge was set at the Cupar Highland Games in Fife in 2010. The huge breakfast of 690 litres of porridge cooked could feed 2,000 people and was more than double the previous record

Discover more Highland Games taking place in Scotland and download the Highland games guide on visitscotland.com 

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