Charleston Scottish Games

November 5th, 2022 – Gates open at 8 AM

At Riverfront Park


We need your help!

As many of you know, we had to cancel the 50th-anniversary Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering due to the unprecedented wind that began up-rooting our tents and creating a dangerous environment for our guests. The safety and well-being of our guests will always come first, but our decision to cancel the Games came at a cost. The Scottish Society of Charleston is now in debt, and the future of the Charleston Scottish Games is at risk. Please help by donating to the Scottish Society of Charleston, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, to ensure the Games continue here in the Lowcountry for another 50 years.
We thank you for your support. Alba gu brath!

Our History

With its inaugural event in 1971, the Charleston Scottish Games & Highland Gathering is the second oldest event of its kind in the southeast. Drawing visitors from around the country and abroad, the Games brings in over 8,000 guests, immersing visitors in Scottish heritage and history.

“Where Scottish History & Heritage Go Hand in Hand”

The Scottish people have made a large impact on South Carolina, helping it to become the state it is today. From music and food, to political and scientific contributions, Scottish heritage is something to be celebrated and promoted in modern life. The Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering is on a mission to do just that. The Games showcases Scottish traditions, culture, and history in a fun and interactive way for people all over the world.

Come with us to Scotland for the day! Get your tickets here.

To claim your credit from the 2021 Games, please click here & follow these steps. 



Gates Open



Athletic Games

8:30am – 3:00pm



9:45am – 3:30pm



Scotch Tasting

11:00am – 4:00pm

Parade of Tartans



Closing Ceremonies














Riverfront Park

The 51st Annual Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering will be held November 5th at beautiful Riverfront Park in North Charleston, SC at the old US Naval Base.

Riverfront Park is open to the public year-round and has become a favorite destination for residents and visitors. Set on the banks of the beautiful Cooper River, the park is adjacent to the historic homes once occupied by Naval officers who were stationed on the Charleston Naval Base, surrounded by graceful grand oak trees and peaceful river vistas. Bordered by Noisette Creek, the park boasts a magnificent contemporary Performance Pavilion and meadow.

Riverfront Park is home to the Greater Charleston Naval Base Memorial, erected in honor of the countless military personnel and civilians that served the United States and the Greater Charleston region while the Charleston Navy Base was operational. The Memorial is the only location in the United States that displays both the Lone Sailor and the Homecoming statues. RiverfrontPark is also the location of North Charleston’s Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition. A component of the North Charleston Arts Festival, the Competition and Exhibition features large-scale contemporary sculptures on display throughout the year.


Coming from out of town? You have a choice of accommodations when visiting the Games.

Preferred Games Hotel –  Crowne Plaza Tanger Outlets

4831 Tanger Outlet Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29418

Phone: (843) 744-4422

If you are planning on camping or staying in your RV, there are a few options to choose from. Please use the following links for camping in the greater Charleston area.

For ideas on what to do and sites to see while visiting Charleston, click here.


Looking for a chance to get an insider’s view of the Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering? Want to learn more about Scottish history while helping the community become immersed in highland heritage and traditions? Want to give some of your time to make a difference while having a lot of fun?


Enjoy the sound of Celtic music, the delectable delight of southern cuisine, the joy of raising a glass of whiskey with friends and peers, and the aesthetic wonder of the beautiful oak trees on the banks of the majestic Cooper River, you won’t want to miss this year’s Patrons Reception.

Do you have questions?

Please visit our Event information page which has answers to frequently asked questions and more event details

Become a Sponsor

We have been dedicated to spreading our unique Scottish heritage throughout the Lowcountry since 1971 and you can take on an important role in our mission. Help younger generations learn Scottish history, help Scottish people connect and keep their culture thriving in the Charleston area, and help educate people from all over about the great contributions of Scottish people. Become a sponsor today, sponsorships start at $500.

Major Sponsors


Riverfront Park
1061 Everglades Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405

Saturday, November 5th, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
(Gates open at 8:00am)

Sponsor Reception: Friday, Nov. 4th 6:30-10pm