Scotland County

Highland Games

Saturday


Oct. 7th

See the Best in Scottish Music and Dance

   Over $8,000 in cash prizes awarded!!


This year, the Scotland County Highland Games will be partnering with Bruce MacDonald of the Clan Donald Lands Trust to attract the nation's best Scottish talent.  The Clan Donald Land Trust will award over $8,000 to winners across an array of music and dance competition.  The events include:


Highland Dance CompetitionSOBHD and FUSTA Sanctioned

      Dancers from throughout the U.S. will compete.  The highlight of the

      day will be the Major John MacDonnell of Lochgarry Prize for

      Best Male Highland Dancer - A $1,000 prize!!



Piping, Drumming, and Pipe Bands
      Solo Competition in piping and drumming and massed bands

      performance and competition.  Massed pipe bands performances

      at 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. with Grade III Pipe Bands competing for

      the Ellice and Rosa McDonald Memorial Prize for the  Southern Pipe

      Band Championship.  Worth $6,000 in Prizes!!



 Scottish Harp (Clarsach) Competition and Demonstration  

      Hear the oldest of Scottish instruments as played by competitors and

      demonstrators with the Princess Margaret MacDonald of the Isles Prize

      for Best Senior Clarsach - Worth $1,000

Highland Dancing Information


The Scotland County Highland Games will be holding a highlanddancing competition in accordance with the rules of the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (SOBHD). All participants must

be registered with the Federation of United States Teachers and Adjudicators (FUSTA). 

  • Primary – 16 p/b. p/b & hi-cuts, Fling (4), Sword (2&1)
  • Beginner & Novice – Fling (4), Sword (2&1), Seann Triubhas (3&1), Flora (4)
  • Intermediate – Fling (4), Sword (2&1), Seann Triubhas (3&1), Hornpipe (4)
  • Premier – Lilt (4), Earl of Errol (4), Barracks Johnnie (4), Jig (5), Hornpipe (5)

Download this application form for all competitions. Registration will include admission to the games. For more information, contact the Director of Dancing.

Scottish Harp Competition


The Scotland County Highland Games, in association with the Clan Donald Lands Trust, is excited to announce a new, SHSA sanctioned Scottish Harp Competition with the winner of the Master Category taking home the Princess Margaret MacDonald of the Isles Prize and $1,000. Other category winners will also be awarded cash or trophy prizes.


This event will follow the competition guidelines and categories of the Scottish Harp Society (SHSA) which can be found on their website, http://www.shsa.org/competitions/


For more information contact Allison McLean at allisondmclean@yahoo.com. Registration forms and additional information will be emailed.

Saturday Night Piping Concert


In an effort to provide learning and entertainment

opportunities for pipers in the South and beyond, the

SCHG annually presents a concert by a guest judge

who has won the premier prizes in piping in the world –

the Gold Medals from the Argyllshire Gathering at

Oban and the Northern Meeting in Inverness.  This year’s

guest judge and recitalist is Dr. Angus MacDonald, from

the Braes community near Portree, Skye.  Dr. MacDonald

is recently retired from his career as a general medical

practitioner in Skye, and is one of the famed MacDonald

brothers of Glenuig who have been well known for their

superb musicality based on their native Gaelic-speaking

backgrounds.  Dr. MacDonald is a winner of both the Gold Medals at both Inverness and Oban as well as the Clasp to the medal.  He has also won both the March/Strathspey and Reel at both Oban and Inverness as well. He is a Trustee and Piping advisor for the Clan Donald Lands Trust, Isle of Skye and is a much sought after recitalist and performer as well as being active in the Feisean organizations in the Highlands which promote Gaelic music among young people.  He has released several recordings through the years and is well known for his interpretations of both piobaireachd as well as Gaelic song and dance music.  We welcome Dr. MacDonald to the 9th Annual SCHG. 


His concert will take place on Saturday evening following the Games at 8 p.m. in the

Morris Morgan Theater at St. Andrews University. Admission, at the door only, is $10

Piping, Drumming and Pipe Band Information


The Scotland County Highland Games will hold competition across multiple grades in piping,

drumming, and pipe bands.  All events will be held within the rules and regulations of the EUSPBA. 


Pipe Bands

Pipe Bands will compete across three grades (Grade III, Grade IV, and Grade V). 


Grade III bands will compete for the 2017 EUSPBA Southern Branch Grade 3 Championship. Symbolized by the Ellice and Rosa McDonald Memorial Competition Sponsored by the Clan Donald Lands Trust – Armadale Castle, Skye









Click below for specific competition information