Scottish Gathering and Highland Games

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 Salado Scottish Gathering and Highland Games, originally scheduled for November 13-15. The Salado Museum Board of Directors met July 25th to consider input provided by the Scottish Gathering Committee and made the decision that it would not be possible to host the event this year due to the ongoing considerations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for the full announcement.

Join us on the second weekend in November, 2021 for the 60th Scottish Gathering and Highland Games!  A 3-day event filled with the skirl of the bagpipes and the wearing of the tartan!

Bagpipes and Drums! | Highland Dancers! | Scottish Athletics! | Men in Kilts! | Colorful Clan Tents! | Shopping, food and fun!

Tickets to events and the Gathering can be purchased in advance online or by mail. Click here for details. You may also purchase tickets at the gate. Remember, children 5 and under are free.

The weekend begins on Friday evening with the Calling of the Clans at 6:00 pm on the Salado Creekside just north of the Museum building. This is a solemn torchlight ceremony that recreates the coming together of the ancient Scottish clans to fight with Robert the Bruce for Scotland’s freedom in 1314 at Bannockburn.

Following the Calling, a Welcome Social and Buffet Supper will be held in the Hall of the Clans at the Museum.

On Saturday (9am – 6pm) and Sunday (9am – 3pm), join us at Johnny’s Outback to enjoy all things Scottish.

  • Visit the Clan Village … the largest gathering of Scottish Clan tents in Texas where Clan members share information about Scottish history and genealogy.
  • Watch the Scottish Heavy Athletics competition; Highland Dance competitions; and Bagpipe and Drumming competitions and performances.
  • Visit the Entertainment Tent to hear Scottish singers and musicians.
  • Browse the large selection of Scottish goods in the vendor tents.
  • Enjoy delicious Scottish and Texas fare in the Food Court.

Entrance to the grounds includes the Texas Tattoo at 4:30 pm featuring Bagpipe Bands, Highland dancers, Scottish singers and more.

OPENING CEREMONIES begin at 12 noon with a Band and Scottish Clan Parade followed by presentations and piping on the field.

Additional Sunday events include:

  • The Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan – a traditional devotional service in which family groups carry banners of their family tartans and ask blessings on the families.
  • Scottish Dog Parade and Contest
  • Children’s Highland Athletic Games 

The full schedule of events for this year’s Gathering can be viewed here.