Lewis Highland Games

Main Events

Shot Putt

see also Special Events for 2010

The Heavy events are the heart of any Highland Games and have evolved from the time when ancient Clan Chiefs would organise contests to find the strongest men for bodyguards, the fastest men for couriers and the fittest men for their army. As a sporting event these contests were a way by which rival clans could compete with each other without resorting to the bloodshed of battle. Not all the contests were warlike. Pipers and dancers were also important for entertainment and the best were favoured by the Clan Chief.

At the Lewis Games the competition program consists of:


In addition to this, in 1996 the Western Isles Strongest Man competition was introduced which consists of: