Each May the men and women of Gatlinburg and beyond bring out their tartans and plaids to display proudly at the Gatlinburg Scottish Festival and Games.┬á A fun-filled day that has new surprises in store each year, it is a great way to enjoy the warmer weather heralding the spring season while celebrating the Scottish traditions that are a part of GatlinburgΓÇÖs history.┬á While at the event, be sure to stay at a Gatlinburg Cabin.┬á An event so large that is has to be spread out over the course of three days you will want to book your luxury cabin rental early to ensure a spot at this yearΓÇÖs games.
Starting out on Friday, May 14th at 9:30 AM, kick the weekend off early with a mountain stroll, followed later on by a whiskey tasting, a Parade on the Parkway and the eveningΓÇÖs Gala Reception and Banquet.┬á Of course you donΓÇÖt need to attend all three days to have fun at the Scottish Festival; but you will want to after reading on about the rest of the scheduled activities.
The next day starts even earlier when the gates open onto the fields at 8 AM; registration for the individual pipers will begin at the Lowland Gate.┬á For all of those athletes participating in the games come early to avoid standing in line for registration.┬á With events including Manhood Stones, a Dance Competition, Clan Challenge and the Kilted Mile there will be so much to watch and do; even the dogs get to join in the fun, take in one of the border collie shows going on during the day.┬á At night bring a blanket to snuggle up with a loved one or your family during Ceilidh Under the Stars beginning at 7:30 PM.
Although you will most likely be tired from the jam-packed day before drink an extra cup of coffee to get energy for the concluding day of the Scottish Festival and Games.┬á Fans of bagpipes and drums will love the Knoxville group playing at noon; canine fanatics must attend the Scottish Dog Parade& Talent Show; more athletic challenges including Knobby Knees ΓÇ£for the lassies only.ΓÇ¥┬á By the conclusion of the weekend at 4:30 you might just be wearing a kilt of your own and going with some new friends to take down a pint at the local pub.
Easily accessible from your luxury gatlinburg cabin, the games are located off of the main street of Gatlinburg via traffic light #3.┬á For further directions feel free to contact our staff, you might even see some of them there at the games that weekend!