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- Kirkcaldy's Beach Highland Games

Kirkcaldy's Beach Highland Games
Scotland's Highland Games are big business attracting large crowds and providing a multi-million boost to the economy.

Tossing the caber and other heavyweight attractions please crowds, along with the usual mix of piping, dancing and races. The royal connection adds a cachet at Balmoral, one of the most prestigious of the events. The graphic shows a contestant throwing a heavy weight or "putting the shot" at a Highland Games.

Kirkcaldy in Fife may not be a traditional Highland venue, but it has decided to get in on the act and recently its games attracted more than 3,000 people. The graphic shows the pediastranised Kirkcaldy town centre on a normal day.

For the event, stalls by local businesses lined the area of the Esplanade where the games were taking place and people travelled from far and wide to see the spectacle, which was quite breathtaking with the backdrop of the Firth of Forth and Edinburgh in the background. The graphic at the top of this article shows the outline on the horizon of Arthur's Seat which towers over the City of Edinburgh.

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