Highland Games are as ironically Scottish as bagpipes, kilts and whisky - all of which feature heavily at any gathering.
Highland games in their current form date to 1867, but it seems likely that the Victorian event was merely a revival of a much older tradition that ceased after the suppression of clan customs following the 1745 Jacobite rising.
Today the games are noted for their unique sporting and athletic events many of which involve throwing and lifting. These include the shot put,tug-o-war, caber toss and hammer throw - collectively known as heavy events.
As well as the games themselves spectators can enjoy the highland dancing, piping displays and the sights and sounds of the Pipe Bands.
Many traditional events take place throughout North East Scotland from Highland Games, large agricultural shows, village galas, fairs or shows.
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The Northern Highlights Sightseeing pass will be time sensitive, valid for either 2 or 5 days and comes with an interactive paper map covering North East Scotland. The product offers discounts to participating attractions, activities, experiences and tours.
You can find out more from the tourism destinations and organisations.