Scotland County

Highland Games

The 2021 Games will be held

Oct. 2, 2021

The 2021 Games will be held

Oct. 2, 2021

The complete 2019 Games music and dance schedule and information is being finalized.  Check Back Often!!

Piping, Drumming, and Pipe Bands
Solo Competition in piping and drumming and band competitions

featuring the 2019 EUSPBA Southern Branch Championship for Grade IV

and V bands.

Massed pipe bands performances at 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Click here for more details on the Piping and Drumming Competition 

Click Below for the 2019 Piping and Drumming Registration

Highland Dancing Information

The Scotland County Highland Games will be holding a highland dancing 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 the application form for all competitions. Registration will include admission to the games. For more information, contact the Director of Dancing.

Scottish Harp (Clarsach) 

As part of the Clan Currie Cultural Village, come experience the sounds of the Scottish Harp and learn its history!

Our clinician and director for the day will be Rachel Clemente, graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Scotland and past national Scottish Harp Champion. The harp tent is for harpers and music lovers alike!

The schedule for the day will be:


Come learn the “Essentials of Scottish Harp Music” with Rachel. This
is a rare opportunity for regional harpers to get a great workshop for
for the price of an entry ticket to the games!

12:00-1:00. HARP TASTING (this is a chance for anyone interested to try the harps!
You can ask questions, pluck the strings and talk to the harpers in attendance.

1:00 - 2:30. *OPEN STAGE    (Click Here to register for open stage time)

2:30 - 4:00. **OPEN SESSION for all instruments

4:00 - 4:30. Music by Rachel Clemente - Click here to learn more about Rachel

* If you play the Scottish harp, we would love to have you share your music on the harp stage. This time is available for soloist and ensembles and is offered in 10 minute slots with a 2 slot maximum per person (20 minutes). You MUST sign up in advance for this opportunity. We will also have a sales table where, if you perform, you May leave your cards or CDs to sell.

** please bring your instruments and join in playing traditional Scottish tunes

You can also contact Allison McLean at if you need immediate information.

Friday Night Piping Concert - Featuring Gold Medalist Callum Beaumont - Dollar, Clackmannanshire, Scotland

In an effort to highlight the highest caliber piping and music at the Scotland County Highland Games,and to offer educational and listening opportunities for our competitors, our games attendees, and the general public, the Games has for the past 5 years offered a concert by a visiting world-class piper who has won one of the premier prizes in Scotland – the Gold Medals at The Northern Meeting in Inverness and /or The Argyllshire Gathering in Oban which are recognized as the premier prizes which any piper can win. Past recitalists have included: Angus MacColl, Bruce Gandy, Matt MacIsaac, Willie McCallum, and Dr. Angus MacDonald.

This year we are proud to present, in his first visit to the American South, Mr. Callum Beaumont. Callum has won both the Gold Medals at Oban and Inverness, as well as the Clasp to the Inverness Medal – being the youngest piper in history to do so. Callum is not only one of today’s youngest and top professional competitors, but he has also been a member of THREE Grade One Pipe Bands which have won the World Pipe Band Championships - Simon Fraser University, Shotts and Dykehead, and 2017 World Champions Inveraray and District. Professionally, Callum teaches piping at the prestigious Dollar Academy in Dollar, Scotland and last year led his students to the Juvenile Champion of Champions Award by the RSPBA. We welcome Callum Beaumont to North Carolina! His concert on the Friday night before the Games will be certain to entertain and awe pipers and non-pipers alike.

His concert will take place on Friday evening at 8 p.m. in the

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

Click below for specific competition information

About Rachel Clemente

New England based pedal and traditional Scottish harpist, Rachel Clemente, has had a passion for music from the early age of five. She began her harp training as a student of the Suzuki method. In addition, she discovered her love of Scottish music through events and competitions held by the Scottish Harp Society of America and the Ohio Scottish Arts School. Her musical education then continued at renowned arts boarding high school, Interlochen Arts Academy.

In July of 2018, Rachel graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow with a bachelors degree in traditional Scottish music. She also won the title of U.S National Scottish Harp Champion in 2016.

Rachel gained Suzuki teaching certification and currently is performing and teaching students and workshops across the U.S. such as the Washington Area Folk Harp Getaway and the Ohio Scottish Arts School. She has a private harp studio as well as being an instructor at the Community Music School of Springfield, MA.

Her full web site may be found here.