Inverness Highland Games – Family Entertainment in the Highlands

Inverness Highland Games 2013

The air in the city is tinged with excitement and anticipation this morning as we await the start of the 2013 Inverness Highland Games – which will take place from 11am in the Northern Meeting Park.

The traditional highland competition is a highlight of the annual Inverness events calendar and just keeps going from strength to strength, with this year’s games not looking likely to be an exception.

Heavies Events at Inverness Highland Games

Backhold Wrestling included in Inverness Highland Games for the first time.

Backhold Wrestling included in Inverness Highland Games for the first time.

Competitors and spectators are looking for to the traditional rounds of hammer throwing and tossing the caber.  But these iconic highland games disciplines will this year run alongside an event not staged in the city for almost two centuries, as well as one never hosted before by Inverness organisers.

Stone lifting was last staged in the city in 1822, when only one of the “Heavies” managed to launch the 18st monolith over the five foot target bar, while Scottish Backhold wrestling looks set to prove a popular addition to the games programme.

Family Fun in Inverness

As well as the highly anticipated “Heavies” events, the Inverness Highland Games will feature something for all the family, from fun races for preschoolers hosted by Spongebob Squarepants, to junior and senior track and field events, highland dancing, piping (now within the games arena) and much, much more. Visitors to the site will be able to tour the traders village and exhibition as well as being invited to join in with the mass highland fling, to really get into the swing.

Warm Welcome for Inverness Visitors

Highland Games have a long history in Inverness

Highland Games have a long history in Inverness

Games Chieftain Provost of Inverness Alex Graham said: “I am looking forward to welcoming the thousands of local performers, spectators and overseas visitors who will be joining us.”

Tickets, priced at £8 for adults and £4 for children will go on sale at 10am, with the gates to the games arena opening at 10.30am – for full details of the days planned programme visit

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