Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games

Scotland is the land of mountain wildernesses known for its vibrant cultural scene. Wherever you go in Scotland, you can find the beat of a music festival, the adrenaline of an outdoor adventure and the experience of a breathtaking culture. Scotland is also 3,646 miles away, but for two days, you can listen to the bagpipes roar at the Scottish Festival & Loch Norman Highland Games right here in Lake Norman.

Each year in April, Historic Rural Hill hosts an exciting array of events to create a popular family-friendly weekend that celebrates Scottish history and culture with unique entertainment. Take a few steps back in time with us to witness skilled Blacksmiths and a Wood Wright demonstrating their craft. Then you can show off your skills through a hands-on experience in which visitors can participate in activities such as rope making, candle dipping, and drill demonstrations.

The Loch Norman Highland games provide additional entertainment for the family. The heavy athletics are nothing short of small. Watch the professional athletes compete to set additional world records. There are seven traditional Scottish events that test the strength of world ranked professional heavy athletes, along with longbow and battle axe competitions.

Highland dancing is another beloved performance at this festival. It requires a great deal of stamina and is known for meticulous and aggressive movements. Traditionally, these dances were performed by men before and after battle. Another type of dancing displayed at the event is Scottish country dancing which consists of two lines of dancers, men on one side facing women on the other.

As promised, you will feel the vibrations of authentic Scottish music rumble through the festival grounds. Scottish bagpipes and drums are a symbol of the Great Highland community and are accompanied by performances from The Steel City Rovers. This band plays a unique composite of traditional Celtic music and North American styles including bluegrass, folk and roots.

Take a leisure walk around the informational tents that display Scottish family history throughout the festival and watch the Parade of Tartans. Grab a pint and an order of bangers and mash and shop around the local vendors. Anyone, Scottish or not can appreciate a weekend full of exciting culture at the Scottish Festival!

The working farm at Rural Hill is also home to Scottish cows that showcase Scotland a step further. The sheepherding events are also popular to mark on the event timeline. Visitors from all over the country are often in town for a weekend full of music, dancing, family, friends and food.

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