The Highland Games: Scottish Culture At Home

Experience the sports, music, pageantry, and tradition of Scotland at your local Highland Games, linking the past to our future.

Photo via travel.nationalgeographic.com

Photo via travel.nationalgeographic.com

Through-out North America Highland Games are held, bringing our love of Scotland past and future together. The Highland Games transport you to Scotland from wherever you are and are a true way to celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture.

Centuries ago, when the Highland games began in Scotland, the events focused on athletic and sports competitions, from dance to tugs of war. The same is true today.

caber shoot

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This past weekend Fergus, Canada challenged the Guiness Book of Records for Cabers turned, a famous element of Highland Games. To the roar of the crowds, Fergus took the record from Inverness. Now, for Scotland, the challenge is on. Besides the Caber Toss, other unique Highland Games sports include the Stone Put and the Scottish Hammer Throw.

At a Highland Games today you will find a great array of Scotish and Celtic merchandise, gifts and food together with Ancestry and Clan tents. This is a great time to discover your roots or to plan a trip back to Scotland. Visit Scotland is present at several of the Highland Games.

red hot chilli pipers

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The pipes are an essential piece of the Games. Groups of pipers perform throughout the events, while they compete for different titles. Great contemporary bands like The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Albannach and MacTalla Mor bring modern sounds into the mix.

The first Highland Games in the USA took place in 1836. Since then the Games have only grown; today there are over 200 annual Highland Games and gatherings across just the US, Canada and the UK. In the coming weeks many of the largest Highland Games will take place in North America.

children at highland games

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Look for the American-Scottish Foundation at the Long Island Scottish Festival and Highland Games on Saturday, August 22nd.

The Games always ensure a great day out. Scottish culture and family fun combine at the Highland Games; a great way to introduce the next generation to their scottish roots and support the local community. Head to your nearest Highland Games and experience Scotland in the USA this summer!

Watch this video from the recent Fergus Scottish Festival in Canada for a taste of what the games have in store…

Look for the American-Scottish Foundation at the Long Island Scottish Festival and Highland Games on Saturday, August 22nd.

For a list of upcoming Games visit

 

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