Event Info

Join Us as We Celebrate All Things Scottish

It’s almost time for the 52nd 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 Bands
  • Highland Dancing Competitions
  • Border Collie Demonstrations
  • Live Music
  • Scotch Tasting
  • And Much More!

Scottish Games Ticket Prices

General Admission
Advance: $22.50 | Day Of: $30

VIP tickets
All-day access to the VIP tent which includes a bar and other non-alcoholic beverages, a delicious spread of snacks, a premium view of the athletic field, and private access bathrooms.
Advance: $160

52 Years of Community and Celebration

Our first event was held 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

Calling of the Clans Ceilidh (ticketed event)

Friday, November 3rd, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

Scotch Tasting (upgraded admission ticket, limited availability)
Live Music
Food Trucks
Calling of the Clans Ceremony

Riverfront Park
1061 Everglades Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405

The Charleston Scottish Games (ticketed event)

Saturday, November 4th, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Gates Open at 8:00 am

52nd Annual Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering

Riverfront Park
1061 Everglades Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405

Scotch Tasting at the Games

Saturday, November 4th, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Scotch Whisky Tasting at the 52nd Charleston Scottish Games (token purchase at the Scotch tent)

Sunday, November 5th, 8:45 am & 11:15 am (free event)

Kirkin o’ the Tartan

First (Scots) Presbyterian Church
53 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401

On the Banks of the Cooper River


This year, The 52nd Annual Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering will be held November 4th 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



Celtic Folk Rock

Albannach Bareknuckle Pipes & Drums band

SYR (“sire”) is a Celtic Folk Rock band from Columbia, SC. Taking inspiration from Celtic history, stories and myth, SYR creates powerful songs with themes of battle, love and victory, celebrating the rich heritage of the Celtic Nations in a contemporary style with broad audience appeal.

SYR’s reputation for a high-energy performance has made them a popular attraction for many Celtic festivals and events, building a following across the US and internationally.

The band consists of siblings Kyle (lead vocals, guitar) and Laurel MacCallum (vocals & percussion), Kelly Vance (bass), Greg Vance (drums), and Worth Lewallen (fiddle).

Jamie McGeechan

Award-Wining Singer-Songwriter and Musician

Jamie McGeechan is an award winning singer-songwriter and musician originally from Scotland and now living in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

Born in Falkirk and raised in Ayrshire land of Robert Burns, Jamie has shared stages with artists including Damien Rice, Joan Armatrading, Dougie MacLean, Eddi Reader, Andrew Roachford, the Secret Sisters, Eddi Reader and Hurray for the Riff Raff.

Still Have Questions?

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