Highland Games

The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games & Gathering of Scottish Clans

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Long ago and far away is as close as the North Carolina mountains and as spellbinding as a medieval legend.

Since 1956, the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans has been welcoming Americans of Scottish ancestry to MacRae Meadows at the base of Grandfather Mountain.  In its mission to foster and restore interest in traditional dancing, piping, athletic achievement and Gaelic culture, these games have become the largest annual gathering of Scottish families in the world.

games sublime Highland GamesColorful tents encircle a highland meadow, hundreds of tartan banners fill the air, and brawny kilt-clad champions compete with heavy stones and the trunks of trees.   Lilting lassies dance the Highland Fling, bagpipers blare Scotland the Brave, musicians compete on the Scottish harp, fiddle and trump.  Border collies herd sheep, native Scots lead Gaelic sing-a-longs, guests trace family trees at the genealogy tent, and fierce musicians perform rock ‘n’ roll with bagpipes!

Be ye Scot or be ye not, all are welcome to attend these four memorable and unpredictable days of a wee bit of Scotland in the North Carolina High Country.  For more information, visit www.gmhg.org.

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  • Everyone needs to wash their spirit clean where nature heals and gives strength to both body and soul. Grandfather Mountain has been a place that has helped me reconnect with nature every time I hike his trails. I can feel him whispering to me each visit, or while I'm just sitting on the side of the mountain seeking nothing but a cool breeze and the quiet he offers. I raised my two children on those trails, teaching them we are just caretakers of this wonderful place and it must be protected for the generations that follow. This place is special and GM never lets me down. We must continue to protect this sacred place and be sure that 100 years from now, all his beauty remains the same for those who follow.
    Dale
    Greensboro, NC
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