Groups Gather for Annual Charleston Scottish Games

Every year in November, Highland clans gather at Boone Hall Plantation near Charleston, South Carolina, for a day of piping, dancing, kilts and games designed to test strength. Where can you see grown men in skirts hurling trees and boulders? The Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering of course. If this sounds like a treat, read on to learn about the event and what to expect.

Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering

The Scots place heavy emphasis on brawn when it comes to athletic competitions. See feats of amazing strength at the Charleston Scottish Games as members of local clans engage in competitive games that date back to Scotland’s ancient tribal days. But brawn and muscle won’t be the only Scottish skills on display. Bagpipe, fiddle and Highland dancing competitions provide a lively beat that will keep toes tapping.

Things to Do for Families and Attendees

This four-day festival offers something for the entire family. Adults can sample Scottish whiskey and attend a black-tie ball held on evenings before the main event.

During the festival, look for gifts and decorative items at the crafts fair. Watch music and dancing competitions and cheer on family favorites. Stay in awe as athletes compete in stone of strength, the Caber toss and the Sheaf toss. Children also have an area tailored to them with games, crafts and live entertainment.

And don’t miss the food. Try Scottish delicacies and modern American fare. Dozens of vendors set up to serve traditional Scottish dishes and drinks, and area restaurants serve local goodies from one of the top foodie scenes in the U.S.

Tickets to Charleston Scottish Games

General admission costs around $20 in advance, and children under 6-12 get in for $5. Kids under 6 receive free admission. To get the full experience, consider a Games Patron Package, which offers special pricing and includes additional events. Get tickets to the Charleston Scottish Games.

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