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Highland Games

Held year-round, all over the world, the Highland Games celebrate the strength of Scottish culture -- from the bagpipes to the kilts to the friendly competitions.

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Ballater Highland Games in Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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Photography by Paul Tomkins / VisitScotland / Scottish Viewpoint

A sword-dancing event takes place at the Ballater Highland Games in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, as a piper provides musical accompaniment. The original highland games decreed that young men should gather to hold tests of strength so the best of them could be enrolled in royal service.

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