Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Miss World 2011: Scotland

During the five day stay in Scotland, the Miss World 2011 contestants will have their own Highland Games where the 2011 Miss World Sportswoman will be chosen. The winner will be fast tracked to the semifinals of Miss World.

Edinburgh

The 122 contestants will be judged on their process in traditional Scottish challenges such as caber tossing, a tug of war, and a relay race. They will get the chance to try their hand at playing bagpipes themselves. During the tour, they will also enjoy a round of golf at Gleneagles, see the one o'clock gun fired at Edinburgh Castle and do the Highland fling at a céilidh. The Highland Fling is one of the oldest of the Highland dances that originated in the Gaelic Highlands of Scotland. Returning from a victorious battle, warriors would perform the dance in celebration of their success. It was performed on a small round shield, called a targe. Most targes had a sharp spike of steel projecting from the center, so the dancers learned to move with skill and dexterity to avoid injuring themselves. A céilidh is a traditional Gaelic social gathering, which usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing.

Crieff Hydro Hotel

The girls will visit the city of Edinburgh and Perthshire during their stay. The host hotel for this portion is the magnificent Crieff Hydro Hotel.

The contestants will be in Scotland from October 23 to October 27.
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