Visitor Competitions

Tug of War

What better way to participate in the Games than to join a fun competition?  Visit the Information Tent on Glasgow Green for the schedule and to sign up.

Tug of War

Tug of War is a test of strength, determination and brute strength between two teams with a piece of heavy-duty rope. Many say that the ‘rope’ is the third party in this highly competitive sport that brings out the real spirit of the competing teams! For safety reasons, participants must be 17 years or older. Teams will be divided by strength and size 15 minutes prior to the event.

Straw Toss

The Straw toss is a variation of the weight over the bar/weight for height, and the Sheaf Toss. This event involves a bundle of straw (the sheaf) wrapped in a burlap bag that will be tossed over a horizontal bar using only one hand. For safety reasons participants must be 13 years or older.

Haggis Hurl

The Haggis Hurl is a modern Scottish game involving the hurling of a haggis as far as possible for distance and accuracy from atop a platform, usually a whisky barrel. This event will include a replica haggis, not the real thing! For safety reasons participants must be 13 years or older.

Fun Races

Kids 7 and up are invited to join a medley of Fun Races; kids 10 and under must be accompanied by a parent.

  • The Sack Race is a competitive game in which participants place both of their legs inside a sack that reaches their waist or neck, and hope forward from starting point toward a finish line.
  • In the Dress Up Relay, team members race to a ‘model’ with one piece of Scottish costume clothing at a time, taking turns to ‘dress’ their model; once dressed, the process is reversed with the first team to remove all costume items wins.
  • In the Three-Legged Race, teams of two participants tied together at the lower leg race to a finish line.

Mini Caber Toss

Children 7 – 12 and Teens 13 – 17 are invited to participate in this version of the famous Scottish Heavy Event, in which a smaller, lighter caber is used. The thrower starts with the caber in a vertical position, cupping the small end in their hands; they take a short run with the caber then ‘throw’ the caber into the air such that it lands on the large end, and flips over with the small end away from the thrower. The closer the angle of the resting caber to 12 o’clock, the better the score.

Family Scavenger Hunt

This is a fun activity for families or individuals of any age! Participants have the opportunity to explore Scottish culture by following clues to will take them through all areas of the Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival.

Pick up a Scavenger Hunt flyer at the Glasgow Information Tent at any time during the Games and have till the Games conclude to submit the completed list for a certificate.

May 21st, 22nd & 23rd 2016