Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans

Second full weekend in July
This largest and best-known Scottish event in America, held since 1956 on Grandfather Mountain near Linville, N.C., opens with a torchlight ceremony at MacRae Meadows at dusk on Thursday. On Friday athletic and other activities begin and in the evening there's a Celtic Jam, followed by a ceilidh, or concert of Scottish folk music. On Saturday a 26.2-mile Mountain Marathon climbs a net elevation of 1,000 feet. Competitions are held throughout the day for Highland dancing, piping, drumming, Scottish fiddling, track and field events, and other athletic events. Entertainment includes sheep-herding demonstrations and performances by pipe bands and Scottish performing artists. Another ceilidh, the Tartan Ball, and a Scottish country dance round out the day. Sunday opens with a worship service, followed by more competitions and entertainment, including the colorful Parade of Tartans and the tug of war between the clans.
One of the founders, Donald F. MacDonald, modeled the event after the Braemar Highland Gathering, thus the Grandfather Mountain Games are often referred to as America's Braemar .
See also Alma Highland Festival and Games; Highland Games; and Virginia Scottish Games
CONTACTS:
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
P.O. Box 1095
Linville, NC 28646
828-733-1333; fax: 828-733-0092
www.gmhg.org