Boise's Highland Games honor Scottish tradition

Posted at 9:18 PM, Sep 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-30 23:18:26-04



There is football, basketball, and baseball and then there are the highland games that show a different side of sports that doesn't matter how old, young or even strong you are.  Everyone is welcome at the highland games.

"It's an individual sport you are really competing against others but you are competing against yourself," said Highland Games participant David Culbertson.

Highland games are events held in spring and summer in Scotland and other countries as a way of celebrating Scottish and Celtic culture, especially that of the Scottish highlands.  For some, it's a way of continuing the athletic dream.

"Athletic ability definitely helps and there is definitely a ton of form that's involved to be successful to be in the highland games,” said Culbertson.

"You gotta have a good amount of endurance and be out in the heat and sun all day," said Highland Games Participant Emily Harrison.

 The origin of the Highland Games predates recorded history and many today still consider Highland athletics to be what the games are all about.

 "These are the same events that they have had forever and it's good that we are carrying on the traditions," said Culbertson.

 "A lot of the games predate the Olympics from your Braemar stones to your weight over the bar to different events and different athletics," said Culbertson.

 Overall it's a way to not forget the Scottish heritage by continuing to host the highland games.

 "I would love to have children someday and keep the tradition alive.  I just encourage everybody to come out and try it,” said Culbertson.

For some of the athletes they will go to the world championships held in Budapest Hungary, and for the local competitors, they will travel to Mountain Home in the middle of October for the next event.