Highland Games are held all over Scotland and vary from small local events to large world famous events, such as Braemar Highland Games. Thought to have originated as a means for the clan chiefs to recruit the best fighting men, the games were popularised in the 19th century by Queen Victoria.
Not to be confused with the Olympic Games, Highland Games have their own unique set of sporting events and traditions. The most famous sports are known as the 'heavies', including the caber toss, which require huge strength and skill. Aside from sporting events, Highland Games also include bagpipe contests and dance competitions, where dancers perform the ancient Highland Fling.