The Traditional Heavy Events are among the most popular activities at Highland Gatherings and the competitors are widely known and recognised.
In the early days large "boulders", referred to as clack nearit ("stones of strength") or cuid fir ("manhood stones") were used as a means of demonstrating strength. The stone had to be lifted from ground level and placed on top of a dyke (wall) about 3 feet high. They normally weighed one or two hundred weight (50 or 100 kilos).
Over the years, other heavy objects and weights used in everyday life on the crofts or farms were used in a sporting manner to demonstrate strength and athletic ability.
All the events, the styles and techniques used, together with the design and construction of the implements used, have changed and developed over the centuries resulting in the events in our heavies competition.
The overall winner will receive the Castle Venlaw Hotel Trophy for 1 year.