Inveraray Highland Games on 19th July is, for the eighth year running, hosting the World Caber Championships – sponsored by the town’s The George Hotel .
Tossing the caber is arguably the signature event for highland games and the World Championships is, of course, the prestigious event in the Games calendar, attracting the top heavy athletes from the Scottish diaspora across the world – including Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Germany –and Scotland’s own home grown talent.
The caber at the World Championships is one of the biggest, if not the biggest on the circuit, measuring over 20 feet and weighing in at over 140lbs. It is a monumental lift – it must be thrown to tumble forwards through 360 degrees and to land as close to ’12 0’clock’ as possible fmor the athlete.
The winner is presented with the Scottish Games Association medal.
With its idyllic location in the grounds of Inveraray Castle at the head of Loch Fyne, the Games are opened by the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell.
Lively and friendly, these traditional highland games offer an exciting and memorable day out for all the family. The Inveraray Games prides itself on wonderful contests, great food and drink, souvenir shopping, side shows and a free children’s activity tent and a display of spectacular raptors from KG Hawks.
Also in attendance will be contingents from 4 Scots and 7 Scots of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
There is the usual mix of track and heavy events, for the sports-minded; with Scottish Highland dancing and solo piping for those with a more artistic bent.
Inveraray Highland Games are also delighted that Loch Fyne Oysters and Clan Campbell Scotch Whisky continue to support the Games as main sponsors
The Inveraray & District Pipe Band will parade through the town at 10.45am with the main events commencing shortly afterwards.
There is well organised free parking and entrance fees are: Adults £8.00; Seniors: £5.00; Children £3.00: Family £18.00.