About forever ago now, I finally got to my first Highland Games. My friends from church, Bob and Anne Kelley, offered to take three of us American girls out to Aboyne for the best of the summer Highland Games. Paige, Rebekah and I jumped at the chance! The Kelleys have been really good to me that way-- taking me to cultural things, giving me extra tickets to great local shows, inviting me over for delicious holiday (and no special reason) meals. They are great, and this was just the latest in my list of things I wouldn't have been able to do without their help.
Aboyne is on Deeside, about an hour or so from Aberdeen. It's a cute little village, but I think it's largely the Highland Games that really put it on the map. Oh man! Or should I say, Oh Men! ;)
In addition to the strong men, there was also Highland dancing. It took place on a stage a little way from us, and consisted of all ages of boys and girls, in several different types of dance. I loved watching it, and would love to learn the dances some time.