Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of the Clans
When celebrating in times of peace one of the Highlanders' favorite pastimes was
the tainchel. For these "great hunts" very often several clans would combine. Chieftains
would send word to the clansmen that such an event was planned and when and where
they should assemble.
After a successful hunt a great feast and celebration would be held. Then the rival
clansmen would test each other's prowess at various sports - running, jumping, wrestling,
or primitive forms of weight putting with stones, or divided into roughly equal sides
vying against each other in a very early form of camanachd or shinty. Lastly the
clansmen would vie with each other in piping and in dancing, the pipers taking it
in turns to demonstrate their skills and the clansmen to demonstrate their agility
and neatness of movement by dancing complicated steps to the pipe music. These relaxations
were in effect the forerunners of the modern Highland games.