Ceres Highland Games …. did I mention it’s FREE?

The Ceres Highland Games are held on the last Saturday of June each year. Located at Bow Butts,  a greenspace in the small town of Ceres,  the Games reminded me of a high school track and field meet,  but with kilts.  At any given time,  there were 3 or 4 competitions underway.  The most dramatic involved hurling large bundles of burlap over an ever taller goalpost.

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Meanwhile,  there were dancers, bagpipers, cyclists and runners running around the edge of the field, archery, and shot put.  We found a place to sit on the hill above the field and watched the wrestling.  I’m not sure if it was styled as a tournament?  But it seemed the same 3 or 4 wrestlers,   shirtless, and kilted,  wrestled over and over again against each other.  I was tired for them!  Their nearby cheering sections were loud and raucous,  in a good way.  It was a gorgeous, warm day,  so the Games were crowded with families.  I’m sure there were other tourists there,  but it felt like a very authentic Scottish experience.  I would definitely recommend. And best of all –  virtually no hills to walk up!

 

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not your typical Scottish skies…

 

Oldest had a big day (and, well, a big night before too ;)).  He crashed on the train ride back to Edinburgh.  Say it with me … awwwwwwww!

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