Tests of Skill and Strength
Originating in the Scottish Highlands during the 11th Century, Highland Games have long been a favorite spectacle, and they’re sure to be a major draw again at the 2022 St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival March 12 & 13. You’ll see over 75 of the most impressive kilt-wearing athletes around challenge one another in traditional Scottish heavy athletics and strength competitions, including the Scottish weight throw, and the always entertaining caber toss.
The Scottish Highland Games are traced back to King of Scots Malcolm III, who summoned contestants to a footrace in order to find the fastest runner in the land to serve as royal messenger. Over the centuries, Highland Games events have expanded to include entertainment and exhibits celebrating Scottish and Gaelic culture. Thousands of fans from throughout Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas turn out every year for the St. Augustine Celtic Festival Highland Games.
Spectators can watch the games at Francis Field, 25 W. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine. For more information, visit www.romanzastaugustine.org