Schedule of Events

Saturday, November 2nd, 9:00 am -5:00 pm

Visit Scotland for the Day on November 2nd!

Visit Scotland for the day at the 48th 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

Friday, November 1st, 6:00 pm -10:00 pm

Charleston Tartan Ball
(Black Tie, Military Mess Dress, Highland Evening Dress for men)
Daniel Island Club
600 Island Park Drive
Charleston, SC 29492

Saturday, November 2nd, 9:00 am -5:00 pm

48th Charleston Scottish Games
Boone Hall Plantation
1235 Long Point Road
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Saturday, November 2nd, 12:00 pm

Scotch Whisky Tasting @ the 48th Charleston Scottish Games
(Admission Ticket must be purchased separately)

Sunday, November 3rd, 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 USA 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. Scottish Country Dancing
    • Become immersed in the music and sights of the Scottish Country Dancing competitions! The reels, jigs, and strathspeys are all performed by sets of twirling and synchronously moving couples, to fun and upbeat music. You’ll become inspired to join along as the catchy melodies ring through the air.
  1. 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 1700’s 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.
  2. Children’s Events
    • After your wee bairns are inspired by the athletic competitions, they will be ready to participate in the Children’s Games! From face-painting, storytelling, craft hall, and more, children have a full day of excitement and fun at the Charleston Scottish Games!
  3. Live Music by the Glengarry Bhoys
    • 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, the GLENGARRY BHOYS hybrid of Canadian Highland Scots and French Canadian musical idioms has evolved into a sound that is weighty, authoritative, and extremely entertaining.
  4. Scottish Fiddling Competition
    • Scottish fiddling is as unique as the country itself, full of energy and rhythmic patterns that make you want to tap along! You have the chance to see renowned fiddlers compete live at this year’s Games. So, find a spot at the front and let the key signatures carry you to Scotland for the day!

Highlight of Events

Friday, November 1st, 6:00 pm -10:00 pm

Charleston Tartan Ball
(Black Tie, Highland Evening Dress)
Daniel Island Club
600 Island Park Drive
Charleston, SC 29492

Saturday, November 2nd, 9:00 am -5:00 pm

48th Charleston Scottish Games
Boone Hall Plantation
1235 Long Point Road
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Saturday, November 2nd, 12:00 pm

Scotch Whisky Tasting @ the 48th Charleston Scottish Games
(Admission Ticket must be purchased separately)

Sunday, November 3rd, 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. Pipe Band Competitions
    • 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
    • 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. Scottish Country Dancing
    • Become immersed in the music and sights of the Scottish Country Dancing competitions! The reels, jigs, and strathspeys are all performed by sets of twirling and synchronously moving couples, to fun and upbeat music. You’ll become inspired to join along as the catchy melodies ring through the air.
  5. 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 1700’s 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.
  6. Children’s Events
    • After your wee bairns are inspired by the athletic competitions, they will be ready to participate in the Children’s Games! From face-painting, storytelling, craft hall, and more, children have a full day of excitement and fun at the Charleston Scottish Games!
  7. Live Music by the Glengarry Bhoys
    • 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, the GLENGARRY BHOYS hybrid of Canadian Highland Scots and French Canadian musical idioms has evolved into a sound that is weighty, authoritative, and extremely entertaining.
  8. Scottish Fiddling Competition
    • Scottish fiddling is as unique as the country itself, full of energy and rhythmic patterns that make you want to tap along! You have the chance to see renowned fiddlers compete live at this year’s Games. So, find a spot at the front and let the key signatures carry you to Scotland for the day!

Schedule of Events

8:00 A.M. GATES OPEN

8:30

Amateur Athletes Qualifying – East Field
Amateur Athletes – Clachneart – East Field

9:00

Children’s Area Open
Pro Athletes – Clachneart – West Field
Amateur – 56 lb wt. – East Field

9:30

Amateur Athletes – Sheaf Toss – Sheaf Toss Area
Highland Dancing Competition – Band Shell

10:00

Pro Athletes – 56 lb. wt. – West Field
Scottish Fiddling Competition – Creekside Pavilion

10:30

Glengarry Bhoys – Entertainment Tent
Sheep Dog Demonstration – East Field
Pro Athletes – 28 lb. wt – East Field
Amateur – 56 lb. wt. – Sheaf Toss Area
Scottish Country Dancers – Scottish Country Dance Stage

11:00

Pro Athletes – Hammer Throw – East Field

11:30

Opening Ceremonies – Parade of Tartans – Massed Bands

12:00

Informal Scottish Fiddling Jam – Creekside Pavilion

1:00

Amateur Athletes – 28 lb. wt. – East Field
Pro Athletes – Caber Toss – East Field
Scottish Country Dancers – Scottish Country Dance Stage

Best Clan Tent Judging Begins

1:30

Sheep Dog Demonstration – West Field
Amateur Athletes – Hammer Toss – East Field

1:45

Glengarry Bhoys – Entertainment Tent

2:00

Pro Athletes – Sheaf Toss – Sheaf Toss Area
Scottish Fiddling Competition – Creekside Pavilion
Hurling Demo – TBA

2:30

Pipe Band Competition – West Field
Scottish Country Dancers – Scottish Country Dance Stage

3:00

Amateur Athletes – Caber – West Field
Pro Athletes – 56 lb wt. – Sheaf Toss Area
Pipe Band Competition Continues – West Field

3:30

Glengarry Bhoys – Entertainment Tent
Pipe Band Competition Continues – Upper Field

4:00

Scottish Fiddling Awards Ceremony with Bruce McDonald of CDLT – West Field

4:30

Massed Bands & Piping & Drumming Awards (tentative)

5:00   Closing Ceremonies

 

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