In Which I Pretend to Be Scottish for a Day

Hello lovely people, I’d like to take a little break from my traditional book-related posts here on Reflections of a Reader to tell you about something exciting I did the other day: I went to the Highland Games! Now if you know anything at all about me, you will know I am obsessed with a little book series called Outlander, which has fostered an overall love for just about everything Scottish. That being said, you can imagine how excited I was to find out there was a traditional Highland Games being held just half an hour away from where I live. Unfortunately, there were no stone circles and I didn’t find my Jamie Fraser, however I took loads of pictures and thought it would be fun to show you guys. 🙂

The day started off with the Opening Ceremony, which consisted of bagpiping groups from the United States and Canada joining together for a beast of a group performance.

After stopping off for a scrumptious lunch of Scotch meat pies and scones, it was time for the main attraction of the day: the games themselves (which mainly consisted of giant men in kilts seeing who could throw heavy objects the farthest). This was the first time seeing any of these events in person, and it was definitely a different experience compared to just seeing videos online.

As well as the games themselves, there was a variety of  other entertainments including Highland dancing, a multitude of vendors selling their wares, and Celtic-inspired bands playing live music all day long.

And, of course, I had to stop at the Clan Fraser booth (sadly no Jamie, however 😦 ).

All in all, the day was highly entertaining and I will definitely be attending these Highland Games next year. I will include a slideshow of the rest of my pictures from the event below, and I’d love to know if any of you have ever been to anything like this before! 🙂

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