The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans took place July 8-11 at MacRae Meadows at the base of Grandfather Mountain in Linville, N.C. The four-day weekend was brimming with bagpipes, astounding athletics, merry Highland melodies, colorful costumes, Celtic cuisine, tons of tartans and more. For more information, visit

Photos by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation