See Strong Men Toss 140-Pound Cabers

Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival, Inc. offers a full range of Scottish athletics in Estes Park, Colorado. The blacksmiths threw their hammers, woodcutters threw tree trunks, masons threw large stones, and fleet-footed men ran long and hard to demonstrate their fitness for battle as fighters and messengers. The origins of the Scottish athletic games are lost in the mists of time, but they still reflect the rugged strength of the
Highland dwellers who invented them.

2021 Scottish Highland Athletic Schedule


Attention Pro Athletes

Due to time considerations, the Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival has felt the need to reduce the number of pro athletes invited to Longs Peak Scottish festival to a total of eight (8) competitors. The top three (3) will be based on the standing for 2019 will receive the first invitations. After that, we will evaluate the pro competitions (based on the Bethlehem rankings). 

2021 application deadline date of July 12, 2021, and invite the top three (3) applicants based on those rankings.  

If perchance any of the give (5) athletes with automatic invitations do not choose to compete, the number of open spots would increase accordingly.

Modern Day Games

Today, many of these games are recognized Olympic events with both men and women competing. The best guess of their origin is that the games were the ancients' version of today's military physical. In the hand-to-hand fighting of early wars, strength and endurance were crucial for the survival of the clans.

On the Festival field, there will be hammer throws, putting the stone, and caber throwing contests. Come join us and see a mere man toss a 19'7", 140-pound caber end-over-end!

Athletic Schedule

The strong man competition is Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Scottish Highland Athletes will have check in 7:30 am  for amateur and professional competitiors Saturday and Sunday  with a start time for Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 am. to 4 p.m. The heavy athletic professional championships are Saturday with a checkin at 7:30 and start time at 8:30 am to 4 p.m.

Entry Forms


Athletic Championship