Event Info

Join Us as We Celebrate All Things Scotland

It’s almost time for the 50th Annual Scottish Games and Highland Gathering in Charleston! Join us at this incredible event, organized by the Scottish Society of Charleston, as we travel to Scotland for the day. Celebrate and enjoy the rich history and culture of Scotland with an incredible line up of events ranging from athletics to live music. Thrill at competitions of athletic prowess, musical skill on the legendary bagpipes, and the beauty of highland dance.

There’s something for everyone at the Games with wonderful events including:

  • Athletic Competitions
  • Pipe Band Championship
  • Highland Dancing Competitions
  • Scottish Country Dancing
  • Border Collie Demonstrations
  • Children’s Events – Face painting, storytelling, craft hall, and more!
  • Live Music by Albannach
  • Scottish Fiddling Competition
  • And Much More!

Come with us to Scotland for the day!

Get your tickets here.

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Piping & Drumming





50 Years of Community and Celebration

Our first event was help in 1971, making the Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering the second oldest event of its kind in the Southeast. Bringing together members of the local community as well as the regional area, this is a great time for folks to gather and celebrate or learn more about Scottish history, heritage and culture.

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.

Highlight of Events

Friday, November 5th, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Scottish Society of Charleston Patrons Reception
(Scottish Attire Welcomed )
Location – Quarters K at Riverfront Park; Calling of the Clans immediately at 9pm.

Saturday, November 6th, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

50th Annual Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering
Riverfront Park
1061 Everglades Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405

Saturday, November 6th, 12:00 pm and 2:00pm

Scotch Whisky Tasting @ the 50th Charleston Scottish Games
(Admission Ticket must be purchased separately)

Sunday, November 7th, 8:45 am &11:15 am

Kirkin o’ the Tartan
First (Scots) Presbyterian Church
53 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401

On the Banks of the Cooper River


This year, The 50th Annual Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering will be held November 6th at beautiful Riverfront Park in North Charleston. Set on the banks of the 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, creating an amazing space for our incredible event.

Riverfront Park is also the 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.

Riverfront Park
061 Everglades Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 308-4746


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

Preferred Games Hotel –  Hampton Inn Mt Pleasant / Patriots Point

255 Sessions Way, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Phone: 843-881-3300

Please use the link below for a preferred rate of $189. This offer is only good through October 6, 2021.

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.



Bareknuckle Pipes & Drums

Albannach Bareknuckle Pipes & Drums band

Tea & Whiskey

Albannach Bareknuckle Pipes & Drums band


Q: Are pets allowed?
A: No. Only designated service animals may be admitted.

Q: How much is parking?
A: Parking is $10.

Q: Can we bring our own tent?
A: No.

Q: Are coolers allowed?
A: Yes.

Q: Can we bring folding chairs?
A: Yes.

Q: Do I have to be Scottish to attend?
A: No. You will be considered Scottish for the day.

Q: What happens if it rains?
A: This a Rain or Shine event.

Q: I bought a ticket online but my plans have changed. Can I get a refund?
A: No refunds, sorry.

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Still Have Questions?

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