Cowal Highland Gathering – Traditional wrestling
25th - 27th August 2022


© Photo by Ken Clark

Competitors  »  Wrestling

Traditional wrestling

We reintroduced wrestling to the Cowal Highland Gathering in 2007 and now hold the Scottish Championship bout at the 15st 7lbs weight. As a competitor, you’ll be taking part in a centuries-old sport. Highlanders have practiced Scottish ‘backhold’ wrestling since the 8th century and the sport was a part of the earliest Highland games.

Traditional wrestling involves wrestlers gripping each other around the waist at the back, the right hand goes under the opponent’s left arm and the chin rests on the opposite right shoulder. Should either wrestler break his hold or touch the ground with any part of his body except his feet he loses.
Details coming soon.
Details coming soon.