Braemar Gathering Heavy Event

Wherever you go to watch Highland games, spectators will always be enthralled by the kilted "Heavies" — and especially at Braemar.

Convener: Colin McIntosh, Braemar Royal Highland Society, Committee Member

For centuries the traditional throwing of Hammers, Putting the Stone and Tossing the Caber has carried on, with more recently the addition of Throwing Weight for distance and over the Bar for height. The competition never fails to be thrilling and exciting, with athletes from all over the world trying to beat long-standing records and win a decent day's prize money.

The well-known athlete and television strongman Geoff Capes set the record for Putting the Braemar Stone 35 years ago.

Judging plays a big part and, fortunately for us, well-known names have taken on the role after their careers finished. Well-known local heavy Henry Gray and the legendary Bill Anderson MBE — who dominated the Heavies for several decades until recently — served as judges. Luckily, this tradition is being carried on.

So come along and enjoy the spectacle of the “Heavies” at Braemar and see who manages to toss the famous Braemar Caber.

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