Cowal Gathering 2007 champion Tracy Tamijmarane talks about her preparations for this year's event, as we catch her taking part in the female heavy athletics competition.
Though her run-up to the event may not have been ideal, it's clear that she enjoys making the trip to Dunoon to compete alongside some of the world's best heavy athletes.
The Cowal Gathering has become something of a Scottish institution since it was first held back in 1894, when it attracted fewer than 2,000 spectators.
Nowadays Cowal attracts more than 3,500 competitors, many from throughout Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
There are displays of classic cars, a solo piping competition, the pipe band championships, heavy athletic and shinty competitions, track athletic events and massed bands, and a grand march through the town.
Held in Dunoon, Argyll, the town regularly welcomes around 15,000 to 20,000 visitors for the games. All the events take place over three days during the last weekend in August, doubling the town's population for the weekend.