Not to be confused with Skittles (candy).
Traditional lawn skittles, played in Twyning Green, England
A traditional and, in this case, much battered pub game in Oundle, EnglandSkittles is an old European lawn game, a variety of bowling, from which ten-pin bowling, duckpin bowling, and candlepin bowling in the United States, and five-pin bowling in Canada are descended. In the United Kingdom, the game remains a popular indoor pub game in England and Wales, though it tends to be found in particular regions, not nationwide. A continental version is popular in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In Australia, other varieties of bowling are more popular, but the similar game of kegel, based on German nine-pin bowling, is popular in some areas. In Catalonia, bitlles, a local version of this game was formerly popular.