Schedule of Events

Visit Scotland for the Day in 2021!

Visit Scotland for the day at the 50th 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 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 following the reception.

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

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. 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 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.

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 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. 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



Amateur Athletes Qualifying
Amateur Athletes – Clachneart 


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


Amateur Athletes – Sheaf Toss 

Highland Dancing Competition 


Pro Athletes – 56 lb. wt.
Scottish Fiddling Competition 


Albannach – Entertainment Pavillion
Sheep Dog Demonstration
Pro Athletes – 28 lb. wt
Amateur – 56 lb. wt. 

Scottish Country Dancers – Scottish Country Dance Stage


Pro Athletes – Hammer Throw 


Opening Ceremonies – Parade of Tartans – Massed Bands


Informal Scottish Fiddling Jam 


Amateur Athletes – 28 lb. wt.
Pro Athletes – Caber Toss
Scottish Country Dancers 

Best Clan Tent Judging Begins


Sheep Dog Demonstration
Amateur Athletes – Hammer Toss 


Albannach – Entertainment Tent


Pro Athletes – Sheaf Toss
Scottish Fiddling Competition
Hurling Demo – Albannach


Pipe Band Competition
Scottish Country Dancers – Scottish Country Dance Stage


Amateur Athletes – Caber
Pro Athletes – 56 lb wt.
Pipe Band Competition Continues 


Albannach – Entertainment Pavillion
Pipe Band Competition Continues


Scottish Fiddling Awards Ceremony


Massed Bands & Piping & Drumming Awards

5:00   Closing Ceremonies


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