Join Us as We Celebrate All Things Scottish
It’s almost time for the 51st 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
- Border Collie Demonstrations
- Children’s Story Telling!
- Live Music by Albannach
- Live Music by Whiskey & Tea
- And Much More!
Want to be a part of the Games?
Piping & Drumming
51 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
Saturday, November 5th, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Gates Open at 8:00am
51st Annual Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering
1061 Everglades Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405
Saturday, November 5th, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Scotch Whisky Tasting @ the 51st Charleston Scottish Games
Friday, November 4th, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Calling of the Clans Ceremony.
More information coming soon.
Sunday, November 6th, 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 51st Annual Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering will be held November 5th 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.
061 Everglades Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405
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
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.
Scottish Games Parking
There is NO CHARGE for parking.
Parking is run by the City of North Charleston, the Games is not in charge of parking or managing it.
We will have shuttles running near the parking lots to pick up/drop off for the event. Look for the purple circles on the map as your closest pick up location.
Bareknuckle Pipes & Drums
Q: Are pets allowed?
A: No. Only designated service animals may be admitted.
Q: How much is parking?
A: Parking is free!
Q: Can we bring our own tent?
Q: Are coolers allowed?
A: No, unless it’s for medical items.
Q: Can we bring folding chairs?
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 is a Rain or Shine event.
Q: Can I get a refund?
A: Please note that there will be No Refunds on orders. Should the 2022 Games not happen, your purchase may be rolled over or donated.
Q: Will there be any ATMs?
A: Yes; ATMs will be located at the 3 Beer ticket sales locations and Will Call.
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Still Have Questions?
Contact us if you have any questions about the event, area, or accommodations!