Highland Games

Major events in Scotland[]

Location Name of Event Details
Alva, Clackmannanshire First Alva Highland Games were held in summer 1856. Johnstone park Alva at the foot of the Ochil Hills.
Blair Atholl, Perthshire Atholl Gathering[1] Europe's only private army, the Atholl Highlanders, open the games in the grounds of Blair Castle
Braemar, Aberdeenshire Braemar Gathering Attended by the British Royal Family.
Burntisland, Fife Burntisland Highland Games Second oldest in the world
Carloway, Isle of Lewis Carloway Show and Highland Games Home to the oldest 'Maide Leisg' competition in the world
Ceres, Fife Ceres Highland Games Oldest free games in Scotland
Crieff, Perthshire Crieff Highland Games Home of the Scottish Heavyweight Championships and has the Earl of Strathearn (Prince William) as the Royal Chieftain
Cupar, Fife Cupar Highland Games[2] Started in 1979
Dunoon, Argyllshire Cowal Highland Gathering Biggest games in Scotland
Glenisla, Angus Glenisla Highland Games[3] Started in 1869
Gourock, Inverclyde Gourock Highland Games[4] The first Highland games of the Scottish season – held on the second Sunday in May
Halkirk, Caithness Halkirk Highland Games Started in 1886
Inverkeithing, Fife Inverkeithing Highland Games
Lochearnhead, Perthshire Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and Strathyre Highland Games Cameron, MacLaren and MacGregor clans linked to the games
Luss, Dunbartonshire Luss Highland Gathering Clan Colquhoun linked to the games. Held regularly since 1875.
Strathdon, Aberdeenshire Lonach Highland Gathering & Games Held by The Lonach Highland & Friendly Society Est. 1823, features the march of the Lonach Highlanders consisting of Forbes, Wallace and Gordons
Perth, Perthshire Perth Highland Games Held on the second Sunday in August
Pitlochry, Perthshire Pitlochry Highland Games
Portree, Skye Isle of Skye Highland Games
St. Andrews, Fife St. Andrews Highland Games
Stirling Stirling Highland Games First Stirling Highland Games were held in July 1870
Inverness Inverness Highland Games Staged in the world's oldestTemplate:Citation needed highland games stadium, Northern Meeting Park

Major events outside Scotland[]


Location Name
Daylesford, Victoria Highland Gathering


Location Name
Alden Biesen Scottisch weekend


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Somerset (2012); Pembroke (2013) Bermuda Highland Games


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Estância Velha, Rio Grande do Sul Scout Highland Games - GEJL46RS
Sapucaia do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul Scottish Highland Games Brazil


On 1 August 1997 Canada Post issued 'Highland Games' designed by Fraser Ross, based on photographs by Andrew Balfour. The 45¢ stamps are perforated 12.5 x 13 and were printed by Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.[5]

Location[6] Name Month Held
Calgary, Alberta Calgary Highland Games[7] September
Canmore, Alberta Canmore Highland Games[8] August
Edmonton, Alberta Edmonton Scottish Society Highland Gathering[9] May
Grande Prairie, Alberta Grande Prairie Highland Games[10] June
High River, Alberta Foothills Highland Games[11] August
Red Deer, Alberta Red Deer Highland Games[12] June
British Columbia
Coquitlam, British Columbia BC Highland Games June
Kamloops, British Columbia Kamloops Highland Games[13] July
Penticton, British Columbia Penticton Scottish Festival[14] July
Victoria, British Columbia Victoria Highland Games[15] May
East Selkirk, Manitoba Manitoba Highland Gathering[16] June
Winnipeg, Manitoba Pavilion of Scotland, Folklorama[17] August
Winnipeg, Manitoba Transcona Highland Gathering[18] September
New Brunswick
Fredericton, New Brunswick New Brunswick Highland Games[19] July
Moncton, New Brunswick Moncton Highland Games[20] June
Perth-Andover, New Brunswick Gathering of the Scots Festival[21] May
Nova Scotia
Antigonish, Nova Scotia Antigonish Highland Games[22] July
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia Festival of the Tartans & Highland Games[23] July
Almonte, Ontario North Lanark Highland Games[24] August
Cambridge, Ontario Cambridge Highland Games[25] July
Cobourg, Ontario Cobourg Highland Games[26] June
Embro, Ontario Embro Highland Games[27] July
Fergus, Ontario Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games[28] August
Georgetown, Ontario Georgetown Highland Games[29] June
Kincardine, Ontario Kincardine Scottish Festival & Highland Games[30] July
Kingston, Ontario Kingston Scottish Festival May
Maxville, Ontario Glengarry Highland Games August
Sutton, Ontario The Georgina Gathering[31] June
Uxbridge, Ontario The Highlands of Durham Games[32] July
Montreal, Quebec Montreal Highland Games[33] August
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Highland Gathering & Festival (not to be held in 2015)[34] May
Regina, Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Highland Gathering & Festival[35] May

Czech Republic[]

Location Name
Brno MonteBú Highland Games[36]
Sychrov Castle Skotské hry Sychrov[37]


Location Name
Csesznek, Veszprém Scottish Highland Games (Skót Felföldi Játékok)
Zichyújfalu, Fejér Highland Games Cup (Felföldi Játékok Kupa)[38]


Location Name
Jakarta Jakarta Highland Gathering

New Zealand[]

Location Name
Hororata Hororata Highland Games (2011)
Fairlie, New Zealand Mackenzie Easter Show & Highland Games (1898)
Paeroa Paeroa Highland Games & Tattoo (1993)
Turakina Turakina Highland Games (1864)
Waipu Waipu Highland Games (1871)


Location Name
Abtwil, St. Gallen Appowila Highland Games
Fehraltdorf, Zurich Highland-Games Fehraltdorf[39]

United States[]

Location[6] Name
Prescott, Arizona Prescott Highland Games & Celtic Faire[40]
Phoenix, Arizona Scottish Highland Games[41]
Tucson, Arizona Tucson Celtic Festival & Scottish Highland Games[42]
Santa Cruz County, California Scottish Renaissance Festival featuring the Loch Lomond Highland Games & Celtic Gathering[43]
Pleasanton, California Scottish Highland Gathering and Games[44]
San Diego, California San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of the Clans[45]
Ventura, California Seaside Highland Games[46]
Woodland, California Sacramento Valley Scottish Games & Festival[47]
Elizabeth, Colorado Elizabeth Celtic Festival[48]
Estes Park, Colorado Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival[49]
Hartford, Connecticut Pipes in the Valley[50]
Dunedin, Florida Dunedin Highland Games and Festivals[51]
Green Cove Springs, Florida Northeast Florida Scottish Highland Games[52]
Marianna, Florida The Big Bend Highland Games & Scottish Festival[53]
Sarasota, Florida Sarasota Highland Games[54]
Blairsville, Georgia Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games[55]
Stone Mountain, Georgia Stone Mountain Highland Games and Scottish Festival[56]
Honolulu, Hawaii Hawaiian Scottish Festival and Highland Games[57]
Indianapolis, Indiana Indianapolis Scottish Highland Games and Festival[58]
Columbus, Indiana Columbus Scottish Festival and Highland Games[59]
South Bend, Indiana Celtic Festival and Bryan Verkler Invitational Highland Games
Davenport, Iowa Celtic Festival and Highland Games of the Quad-Cities[60]
Eminence, Kentucky Highland Renaissance Festival[61]
Glasgow, Kentucky Glasgow Highland Games
Baton Rouge, Louisiana The Highland Games of Louisiana[62]
Mount Airy, Maryland Frederick Celtic Festival
St. Leonard, Maryland Southern Maryland Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering[63]
Alma, Michigan Alma Highland Festival and Games[64]
Livonia, Michigan St. Andrew's Society of Detroit Highland Games[65]
Sparta, Michigan Sparta Celtic Festival[66]
St. Charles, Missouri Missouri Tartan Day Festivities[67]
St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis Scottish Games and Cultural Festival[68]
Lincoln, New Hampshire New Hampshire Highland Games[69]
Las Vegas, Nevada Las Vegas Celtic Society Highland Games[70]
Old Westbury, New York Scottish Festival and Games[71]
Olcott, New York Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games[72]
Huntersville, North Carolina Loch Norman Highland Games[73]
Laurinburg, North Carolina Scotland County Highland Games[74]
Linville, North Carolina Grandfather Mountain Highland Games[75]
Winston-Salem, North Carolina Bethabara Highland Games[76]
Tulsa, Oklahoma SCOTFEST[77]
Portland, Oregon Portland Highland Games[78]
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival[79]
Ligonier, Pennsylvania Ligonier Highland Games[80]
Charleston, South Carolina Charleston Scottish Games and Highland Gathering[81]
Greenville, South Carolina Gallabrae Greenville Scottish Games
Elizabethton, Tennessee Scottish Heavy Athletics Clinic and Competition / East Tennessee Celtic Festival[82]
Gatlinburg, Tennessee Gatlinburg Scottish Highland Games[83]
Maryville, Tennessee Smoky Mountain Highland Games at Maryville College[84]
Arlington, Texas Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games[85]
Austin, Texas Austin Celtic Festival[86]
Houston, Texas Houston Celtic Festival and Highland Games[87]
Sherman, Texas Sherman Celtic Festival and Highland Games[88]
Lehi, Utah Utah Scots Festival
Delaplane, Virginia Virginia Scottish Games and Festival[89]
Kelso, Washington Kelso Highlander Festival[90]
Bridgeport, West Virginia North Central West Virginia Scottish Festival and Celtic Gathering[91]
Milwaukee, Wisconsin Milwaukee Highland Games[92]
Waukesha, Wisconsin Wisconsin Highland Games[93]
Radford, Virginia Radford Highlander's Festival[94]
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