At 19 feet, 6 inches long and weighing in at 175 pounds (about the same as a full grown man), tossing the caber is no mean feat. It takes a mixture of strength, balance, and control to achieve the perfect toss. Such tough sports are usually quite niche but tossing the caber is world famous, and all because it’s part of the Highland Games.
King Malcolm III of Scotland unknowingly started the games when he summoned contestants to a foot race to the summit of Creag Choinnich. The highland Scots have been competing ever since, developing unique games and sharing their creations with the rest of the world.
Other events include: the stone-put, which is similar to a shot-put but with a small boulder; the sheaf toss, in which a burlap sack of wheat is thrown with a pitchfork; and the Maide Leisg (Scottish Gaelic for ‘lazy stick’), where two people sit with their feet together, holding a short stick, attempting to lift the other off the ground.
The Highland Games are now played around the world, from America to Japan, and they’re a perfect example of how local traditions can be enjoyed by everyone.
Traditional food’s the same. At Eurest we toss more salads than cabers, but we’re very much in the business of sharing traditions. Our chefs take traditional foods from around the world and translate them into delicious dishes for you to enjoy here in the UK. Pop into your local restaurant to see what’s on offer.