The 2018 Games schedule and information is being finalized.  See below for updated information.



Once again this year, the Scotland County Highland Games is partnering with The Clan Donald Lands Trust to attract the nation's best Scottish talent. The Clan Donald Lands Trust will award $6,000 in prizes in the Princess Margaret of the Isles Prize for Senior Clarsach (Scottish harp), in addition to the $500 Taigh Mhic Dhugaill Prize for Best Junior Harper.




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

featuring the 2018 EUSPBA Southern Branch Championship for Grade IV

and V bands.


* A special feature of this year’s pipe band competition will be that it will be presented in a “stage/concert format” on the Main Entertainment Stage for the full enjoyment of the audience!


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








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

Scottish Harp (Clarsach) Competition and Demonstration


Hear the oldest of Scottish traditional instruments as played by competitors and master performers. Featuring the Princess Margaret of the Isles Prize for Senior Clarsach sponsored by the Clan Donald Lands Trust of Armadale Castle, Island of Skye: 1st $3,000.00, 2nd $2,000.00, 3rd $1,000.00.  Best Junior Harper – the Taigh Mhic Dhughaill Prize - $500.00.


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.

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