THOUSANDS of spectators and an Olympic champ are expected when Inverkeithing Highland Games begins on Saturday.

From the strength and skill of the heavyweights, to the speed and stamina of athletes and the grace and talent of the Highland dancer, there’s something to suit all tastes.

As the historic games was first mentioned in burgh records in 1652, visitors from all over the world come to get a glimpse of the proud tradition of the clans.

You might even get a spot on Russian TV as a popular travel show with two million viewers will be making a pit stop at the games.

One of the undoubted highlights of this year's Games will be the appearance of Olympian Katie Archibald. The champion cyclist has many titles to her name and will be on track at Inverkeithing.

People who take part in the annual Lauder athletics event will be adding to the standard of competitors as the Borders event is cancelled.

A parade will make its way through Inverkeithing at 11.30am before the official opening of the games takes place with the Chieftain at 12.30pm.

The first Lady Chieftain since 1974 has been chosen for this year’s Games, Cath Chorley.

There will be 100 Highland dancers trying to make sure their flings stand out from the rest at 1pm with competitors coming from across the globe, including Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the UK.

The track and field events will start at 1pm, followed by the heavyweight events, and no Highland games would be complete without the famous tossing the caber, tug-of-war and De’il Tak The Hindmost.

The Fife Active Schools’ Children’s Highland Games will get under way around 3pm where kids will take part in the 4x100m relay, the shot put, caber toss and the tug-of-war.

There’s also a range of community, craft and food stalls, bouncy castles and games.

The only thing that won’t take place this year will be the pipe bands competition.

Hank John, committee member of the games, said: “It’s great to see families come back to reunite every year. You see them sitting with their picnics and they come from all over to be with friends.”

Tickets cost £6 (£4 concessions; £18 family) so get along to Ballast Bank.