• Scottish Games are growing
• Celebration of heritage
• Athletics of a different breed
Far from “The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond,” nestled in the Midwest, you will find kilt-clad athletes and spectators making their way to Scottish Highland Games and festivals each fall.
The earliest Highland games were said to have originated from the Scottish clan system. When a chieftain called his members (family clan) together to devise plans for raids against rivals, challenging tests of speed and strength proved the most powerful warriors. These clan gatherings could become days of feasting and entertainment, and often friendly clans would join together in festivities.