Rising to challenge of Pictish Olympics

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The trials and tribulations of daily life in Scotland two thousand years ago were given a fun slant for youngsters taking part in the 2011 Pictish Olympics at Pictavia, near Brechin, a week past Saturday.

The games and challenges on offer at the centre included a series of tasks based on the skills the Picts used every day to feed, clothe, house and even entertain their families.

Youngsters were able to try their hands at archery, house-building and art and even take part in a scavenger hunt.

One of the most popular challenges was Kubbs, an ancient Pictish games similar to skittles.

Pictavia’s Rebecca Fletcher said: “The children really took to this particular game and I have to say that we enjoyed it too!”

PICTURED RIGHT: Archie Allison (aged five) and his brother Lewis (aged eight), from Farnell, getting to grips with Kubbs, watched by Caird Boath (VisitScotland), Rebecca Fletcher and Anthony Dow.