Tossing the Caber

This is one of the most well known and popular events at Highland games. The caber is basically a huge tree trunk and the successful thrower must be both strong and skillful.

Tossing the Caber at Beauly Highland Games

Imagine the competitor lifting the pole with a swift movement into a vertical position. He then runs with it and stops dead while hurling the caber upwards.

This "NASA enhanced" photo shows the Caber in flight!

Each area's Highland games has its own caber and the characteristics therefore vary slightly. One example is the Braemar Caber which weighs over 130lbs and is about 19ft. 9ins. long!

Highland Games