Backhold Wrestling

We reintroduced wrestling to the Cowal 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

Would you like to sponsor this event?

We would be delighted to speak to supportive businesses and organisations about event sponsorship. In addition to this space, your sponsorship of the Cowal Gathering  can be tailored to reflect your business corporate social responsibility goals, advertising strategy and community engagement activities. Your support will help the Gathering enhance our visitor experience, community work and competitor engagement.

Contact us