Highland Games, which take place from Cowal to Tomintoul and all points in between, are a unique mix of the sporting, the cultural and the social. They usually comprise a programme of field and track events, piping and Highland dancing competitions and 'heavy events' like the tug-o-war, the hammer throw and tossing the caber.
There are many Highland Games across Australia and New Zealand. More and more communities across Europe are also rediscovering their Celtic heritage by holding their very own Highland games, with around 46 hosted in Germany alone.
Scotland's Highland Games, with the associated traditions of caber throwing and hammer tossing, are renowned throughout the world.
There are over 60 events taking place all across Scotland annually, kicking off with the Gordon Castle Highland Games in Fochabers.
Highland Games are as iconically Scottish as bagpipes, kilts and whisky – all of which feature heavily at any gathering.