Highland Games Press Room
The 66th annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games return to Western North Carolina July 7-10, 2022. Please visit us in the Press Tent during the Highland Games for more information and to pick up your complimentary copy of the Highland Games program, featuring extensive information on the individual events, music, honored guests and history. For more information and press credentials for the Highland Games, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
2022 Press Release for Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
Sponsoring Organization: Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, Inc. Go to their website.
Mission: GMHG is a nonprofit, non-stock corporation licensed under the laws of North Carolina to carry on and promote the annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans, to foster and restore interest in traditional dancing, piping, athletic achievement and Gaelic culture, and to create and establish scholarship funds to assist students from Avery County High School to study at American colleges and universities.
Event Dates: Always held on the second full weekend in July. The earliest the Games will occur is July 6-9 (in years when the first of July falls on a Saturday), and the latest it occurs is July 9-12 (in years when the first of July falls on a Sunday).
The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games once again will begin with Thursday night’s Torchlight Ceremony, where the clans officially come together to celebrate their Scottish heritage. Friday and Saturday are filled with highland dancing competition, border collie demonstrations, Scottish fiddle and harp competitions, Gaelic singing, Scottish country dancing, piping and drumming competitions, Scottish spinning and weaving, track and field events including the popular kilted mile, and Scottish athletic events including the caber toss. Other popular features include the Grandfather Mountain Marathon and “The Bear,” a five-mile race that begins at the foot of Grandfather Mountain and climbs up to a height of 1,568 feet.
Location: MacRae Meadows, U.S. Highway 221, two miles north of Linville, N.C., and one mile south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 305.
Number of Scottish Clans and Societies Participating: More than 100
Number of Clan Tents Ringing the Field: Approximately 150
Estimated Annual Attendance: 30,000-40,000
Participating Nonprofit Organizations:
Crossnore Volunteer Fire Department
Caldwell Community College
Avery County High School
Rotary Club and the Hunger Coalition of Watauga County
Avery Baptist Association
Kiwanis of Banner Elk
- Linville Volunteer Fire Department
Featured Highland Bagpipe Bands: T
Additional pipe bands often include The Harvey E. Ritch Memorial Pipe Band, Jamestown Pipes and Drums, Loch Norman Pipe Band, Montreat Scottish Pipes and Drums, North Carolina State University Pipes and Drums and Blue Ridge Brass Pipes and Drums.