ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Sports and Recreation»
  • Individual Sports

Grandfather Mountain - Highland Games

Updated on September 12, 2014

Almost anything Scottish...

“Let the games begin,” and thus all the planning and the merriment starts anew for another time of competition and rivalry on the slopes of the beloved Grandfather Mountain, the most visited landmark in all of North Carolina. One could search the world over and not find a more fitting place more indicative of the highlands of Scotland than those found nestled within the Appalachia Mountains between Tennessee and North Carolina. Come and join in the celebration of your Scottish ancestry and cheer your clan on during the games held daily at MacRae Meadows just inside the entrance gate. Last evening, the festivities begin for this year’s celebration, and run through the weekend or through Sunday, the 10th. It’s just started, so you still have time, but you must hurry to get in on the fun, food costumes, dancing to Scottish music, field games and much more. You can even purchase your tartans and kilts under the many vendors’ tents providing almost anything Scottish. It’s been said that one can have so much fun just experiencing these events that you might just find yourself longing for the mother country, even if you can’t claim Scotland as your own homeland.


Scottish Highlander
Scottish Highlander

Galic and mountain music...

This is the 56th ‘gathering of the clans’ and each year there seems to be more and more added making this a major attraction each year in our area. I live just 55 miles from ‘Grandfather’ and yet the local motels are full of visiting tourists who drive the short distance daily to attend and/or participate in the festivities. Of course those who like to camp there are many campgrounds and RV parks to accommodate everyone. Some even hike in via the Appalachian Trail that crosses nearby. No matter your mode of travel this one event is well worth your time and effort. So, if you like to hear the bagpipes, fife and drums plus a local mixture of fiddling and mountain music, you owe it to yourself to try and make it to the Highland Games at least once in your lifetime. Chances are, after your first experience you’ll be back.


Besides the games themselves there is much to do in this area. Grandfather Mountain also holds claim to the Mile High Swinging Bridge suspended over a mile above sea level and on a clear day it is said one can see the skyscrapers of Charlotte 80 air-miles away. You can also view Mount Mitchell, the highest mountain east of the Rocky Mountains as well as Big Tom and even Roan Mountain in Tennessee home of the recent Rhododendron Festival just a few weeks ago. There are also many hiking trails branching out as well as a wild life habitat featuring many of the animals’ native to this area to include deer, black bear, otters, foxes and wolves as well as the bald eagle, mountain lion, panther and a variety of reptiles.


Do you like hiking and nature?

See results

Fresh, clean, mountain air...

The mountain itself reaches an elevation of 5946 feet and host many vistas, overlooks, a visitor center as well as a Nature Museum, restaurant and many picnic areas. It’s likely, if you’re an early riser, you might just awake within a cloud but later in the mornings the sun dries up the lower surface moisture. You best pack a jacket too, because the air can turn right nippy after the sun goes down each evening Hurry up now, you’ve still got time to make it all this year…


© 2011 SamSonS


Comments

Submit a Comment

  • samsons1 profile image
    Author

    Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks Fiddleman for your comments. The games are always a great 'draw'...

  • profile image

    Fiddleman 6 years ago

    Great hub my nephew was there as a participant

  • samsons1 profile image
    Author

    Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you my friend for the follow and stopping by. I found myself in Thailand once and loved it, but was working for the government(USAF) in 1968...

  • PETER LUMETTA profile image

    PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

    Sounds like fun, hope I get to see it, for the bucket list. Thanks Peter.

  • samsons1 profile image
    Author

    Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks Brett for your faithfulness. I really appreciate your comments and replies, and I just took care of that 'other thing' you mentioned. Look forward to working with you and thanks always for the fine ratings...

  • Brett.Tesol profile image

    Brett Caulton 6 years ago from Thailand

    Nice hub, voted up and awesome.

    Looks like a fun time is had by all and a good bit of extra fun for the girls too, as they always seem to be intrigued by men in kilts ;-) lol

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)