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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  • I visited Grandfather Mountain with my 3 daughters. We had a wonderful time. The staff was very friendly. The young man who was providing enrichment for the animals was especially knowledgeable and patient as my children asked lots of questions. My daughter asked to adopt "Jane" as a result of our visit and the information she received. Grandfather is a beautiful place and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
    Lisa
    Gibsonville, NC
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