Schedule of Events

Visit Scotland for the Day in 2022!

Visit Scotland for the day at the 51st Annual Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering! Organized by the Scottish Society of Charleston, this event brings in over 8,000 guests and is the second oldest event of its kind in the southeast. Known to be one of the best and friendliest Games in the United States, this year’s Games will bring new levels of excitement and fun to the Lowcountry. Get your tickets and make your plans to visit Scotland for the day!

With an event for everyone, the Annual Charleston Scottish Games are a thrill for young and old. Revisit the rich Scottish history with our lineup of entertaining events. We will be hosting professional and amateur heavy athletic competitions, pipe band competitions, highland dancing competitions, Scottish country dancing, border collie demonstrations, and more.

An Event For Everyone

Which clan do you hail from? Discover your Scottish lineage at our genealogy tent. Then, learn more of your heritage at the many clan tents that will be on the grounds. For those who are not formally Scottish, become so for the day! Visit each clan tent to learn more of their history, traditions, and impact on the American culture we know today.

Dance along with the sounds of live Celtic bands as a variety of performers fill the air with Scottish-inspired music. Find your fill of delicious Scottish food and beer, and revel in the merriment of the annual Charleston Scottish Games!

Highlight of Events

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

51st Annual Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering
Riverfront Park
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 

Scottish Society of Charleston Calling of the Clans Ceilidh
(Scottish Attire Welcomed )
Location – Riverfront Park Ticket Required for this event.

Sunday, November 6th, 8:45 am &11:15 am

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

1.  Athletic Competitions

Watch professional and amateur athletes compete in traditional Scottish heavy athletic competitions. Watch strength and skill come together at the day’s Putting of the Stone and Weight Throws, Sheaf Toss, Caber Toss, and more. Witness first hand which competitor wins all and cheer with the crowds all while learning more of the rich traditions of Scotland.

2. The Southern Southern Branch EUSPBA (Eastern United States Pipe Band Association)  Pipe Band Championship (Gr III)

Bagpipes are synonymous with Scottish history. Experience for yourself the melody of bagpipes over rolling drums as different teams compete for first place. You’ll find yourself tapping, swaying, and maybe even dancing along to rhythms and songs as rich and traditional as Scotland itself.

3. Highland Dancing competitions

The Charleston Men’s Highland Dance Competition (Open) – Experience the spectacle as different highland dancers perform in a competition of form, technique, stamina, and strength. Highland dancing is a recognized sport and one viewing of this dance, you will see why. Highland dancing offers an exclusive view of the rich traditions and heritage of Scottish people and is not to be missed!

4. Border Collie Demonstrations

A crowd favorite, the border collie demonstrations delight with displays of intelligence, obedience, and great skill. These energetic and attentive dogs were developed in the Border region of Scotland in the 1700s and are world-renowned for their herding abilities. Kids, adults, and every visitor in between will cheer as border collies and their handlers show off impeccable herding skills.

5. Live Music

Celtic-inspired live music fills the grounds with sounds that can’t be missed! With incredible notes from Scotland and a blend of modern vibes, this band is sure to be pleasing to the ear in our Lowcountry setting!

6. Children’s Events

NO CHILDREN’S EVENTS THIS YEAR. WE WILL RETURN THEM NEXT YEAR. SORRY!

7. Live Music by Albannach

Upbeat Celtic-inspired rock and traditional live music fill the grounds with sounds that can’t be missed! Described as bold, unorthodox, vibrant, and evocative, Albannach is not just another Scottish ‘Pipes & Drum’s band, our primal drumming and precise piping stir the soul of anyone who hears them – young and old! With a champion piper, the unique sounds and talents of a didgeridoo player, and the tribal style bass drumming – our music isn’t for the faint of heart! It’s aggressive, like a Celtic punch to the face!

8. Scotch Whisky Tasting

This year’s tasting will be an informal tasting, meaning you get to choose which scotches you wish to taste. The tasting will run from 11 am till 4 pm and will consist of approximately 30 Scotches. There is no appointment time needed, you may come and go as you please, tasting throughout the day if you choose. Entry is 21 years old and older. Upon entry, you may purchase tasting tokens or chips for $5. Most Scotch tastes will be set at $5, but there will be some rarer Scotches that will cost two chips or $10 per taste. This year we are honored to have 2 Scotch ambassadors representing some of the most prestigious scotches in the world.

Some of the Scotches that will be included are: Macallan, Balvenie, Dalmore, BenRiach, GlenDronach, Glenglassaugh, Glenrothes, Highland Park, Jura, Lagavulin, Laphroaig, and many more.

Schedule of Events

8:00 A.M. GATES OPEN

Amateur Athletes Qualifying

8:30

Amateur Athletes – Clachneart 

9:00

Highland Dancing Competition Begins – North End of Athletics Field
Elite Amateur Athletes – Clachneart – Athletics Field

9:30

Amateur Athletes – Sheaf Toss 

Highland Dancing Competition – North End of Athletics Field

10:00

Elite Armature Athletes – 56 lb. wt.

10:30

Albannach – Entertainment Tent
Sheep Dog Demonstration – Piping and Drumming Field
Elite Amateur Athletes – 28 lb. wt – Athletics Field

11:00- Scotch Tasting Opens

Elite Armature Athletes – Hammer Throw

Scotch Tasting – Scotch Tasting Tent *
*OPEN UNTIL 4PM

11:30 Opening Ceremonies

Parade of Tartans – Massed Bands

Pipe Band Mini Concerts throughout the day

1:00  Best Clan Tent Judging Begins

Amateur Athletes – 28 lb. wt.
Elite Amateur Athletes – Caber Toss

1:15

Sheep Dog Demonstration

1:30

Amateur Athletes – Hammer Toss 

1:45

Albannach – Entertainment Tent
Pipe Band Quartet Competition – Piping and Drumming Field

2:00

Elite Armature Athletes – Sheaf Toss
Hurling Demo – Athletics Field

3:00

Amateur Athletes – Caber
Elite Armature Athletes – 56 lb wt.
Pipe Band Quartet Competition Continues 

3:30

Albannach – Entertainment Pavillion
Pipe Band Quartet Competition Continues

4:30

Massed Bands & Piping & Drumming Awards

5:00   Closing Ceremonies

 

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