Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Pipers

The opening of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games starts July 11 and brings family fun and entertainment to MacRae Meadows.

Scotland returns to Grandfather Mountain on July 11-14 for the 64th annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. GMHG takes place at MacRae Meadows near Linville.

Boasting bagpipes, Scottish athletics, Highland melodies, Celtic cuisine, crafts aplenty and tons of tartans, the games hearken back to the rich cultural traditions of Scotland in a setting not so different from the mountains and glens some 3,600 miles away.

The event begins on Thursday, July 11, in the afternoon, with border collie sheepherding demonstrations, Celtic entertainment, the running of “The Bear,” an uphill foot race, and the opening ceremonies.

Throughout the weekend, visitors can learn about their own Scottish ancestry and genealogy at clan tents or browse the open-air market for Gaelic and tartan gift items.

For a full list of events, music, entertainment and ticket pricing, visit or call (828) 733-1333. Four-day passes are also available.

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