Scottish Gathering and Highland Games

Join us on the second weekend in November for the 56th 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!

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 – 5pm), join us at the Salado Civic Center grounds on North Main Street 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 Bagpiping 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 5:00 pm featuring Bagpipe Bands, Highland dancers, Scottish singers and more.

OPENING CEREMONIES begin at 12 noon with a Band and Clan Parade down Main Street and into the Civic Center grounds 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 

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN SALADO

FOR THE GATHERING OF THE CLANS

AND A CELEBRATION OF ALL THINGS SCOTTISH!