The Inveraray Highland Games is delighted that, for the fifth year running, they will be hosting the World Caber Championships, sponsored by The George Hotel.
This is a highly prestigious event in the Games calendar and attracts the highest calibre of athletes from all over the world – this year from Australia, USA and Canada, not forgetting the home grown talent, with Bruce Robb as top Scot.
This is a true test of skill and physical prowess with the caber at the World Championships being one of the biggest, if not the biggest, on the circuit. Hold your breath, consider this and reflect on the advantages of being a wimp: his caber measures over 20 feet long and weighs in at over 140lbs.
The winner is presented with the Scottish Highland Games Association medal, which he is probably capable of tossing across Loch Fyne.
There are also the usual variety of track and field events, including the other awesome events for heavy athletes.
In the piping competition there are over 100 entries, from Chanter players through to Grade A competitors, with most of the top solo pipers in the country competing.
In the highland dancing, entries are just under 200, including a contingent from Canada.
The beautiful location for the Inveraray Games is at the head of Loch Shira, off Loch Fyne, in the grounds of the delightful Inveraray Castle. This is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, with the Duke the 13th Chief of Clan Campbell.
Lively and friendly, these traditional highland games offer an exciting and memorable day out for all the family – wonderful games, great food and drink, souvenir shopping, side shows.
For 2013, there’s a hyperactive children’s Activity Tent – free of charge, including face painting, sand pit, hopscotch, quoits, boules, circus skills, dance, waulking demonstrations by Auchindrain Museum – all sponsored by Inveraray Jail, Argyll Adventure and the local marketing group, IMAGE. The Games committee is also delighted that Loch Fyne Oysters and Clan Campbell Scotch Whisky continue as major sponsors of the Games.
The Pipe Bands of Inveraray & District (Grade 1 and Juvenile) will parade through the town at 10.45am, with the main events commencing shortly afterwards.
FDF Gladsaxe Brass Band from Copenhagen will also be performing throughout the day.
Tickets are Adults £8; Seniors £5; Children £3; Family Ticket £18. Parking is free.
Full information is here, on the Inveraray Highland Games website.