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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  • Last summer I returned to Grandfather Mountain after a more than 40 year absence and the return trip was even more magical than the initial trip. I was able to appreciate the majestic views of nature and all it's splendor with my grown son and my mother. We spent an adventure-filled day stopping at every spot mentioned on the CD and enjoyed a great deal of time in the animal habitats, especially the bears. My son's nickname is Bear, and frankly he resembles at least one of Grandfather Mountain's bears. We went up to the top by car since the hike was a little tough for my mom, however, she and my son crossed the Mile High Swinging Bridge together while I recorded their experience. Upon their return I crossed solo and was able to appreciate the views from the bridge and mentally check "GM Mile high Bridge" off my bucket list. My hope is to be able to visit Grandfather Mountain as often as possible and during every colorful season of the year to watch Mother Nature show off one of her greatest treasures.


    Dawn
    Palm Harbor, FL
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