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 was amazed with the scenery and the way the mountains just made my mouth drop in awe and wonder.  I have began hiking as a hobby lately after having a major back surgery in January 2010.  Now after coming there I have a new goal to hike up MacRae Peak so we will be coming back in a few months  and hopefully bring more people with us.  We really enjoyed the natural habitat and the bears. You people really know how to entertain us. The staff was very very and a special thanks to Jill on top of the Mountain at the Swinging Bridge for explaining the points and mountains to us.  She is to be my tour guide when I come back !
    Kent
    Troutman, NC
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