The 60th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Grandfather Mountain Highland GamesWe all have a past, an ancestry. Some of us know exactly where we come from while the rest of us may be a little muddled on those facts. While the makeup of America is as varied as they come, one thing remains, we are all proud of where we come from. One group of people who are very proud of their heritage is the Scottish. Every year in the Western North Carolina mountains, the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games gives those of Scottish descent, their families, as well as anyone who is interested, a taste of Scottish life. We at the Orchard Inn love this event and enjoy it. Come see all of the fun you will have at this year’s Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.

This year’s Grandfather Mountain Highland Games will take place July 9th-12th on Grandfather Mountain near Linville, NC. Each day will be filled with fun activities and entertainment perfect for the whole family. What makes the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games so spectacular are not just the games themselves but the backdrop of Grandfather Mountain as well. This is a great place to meet with other people within your clan as well as meet other clans as well.

Let’s look into some of the activities that will be featured at this year’s Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. The festival begins on Thursday at 4:30 with a picnic, torchlight ceremony, and sheep herding. That evening, there will be a wonderful foot race, The Bear: Assault on Grandfather Mountain. This is where runners will start in Linville and go to the summit of Grandfather Mountain and then back down again. The torchlight ceremony is to introduce all of the clans to each other and show who is there. Over the course of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, there will be workshops, history and genealogy of clans as well as dancing. The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games will come to a close on Sunday at 4 pm with their closing ceremonies.

Along with all of the regular events at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, there will be special events and workshops for children too. There is a children’s tent that will be filled with lots of fun things for them to do. There will also be a Highland Wrestling Clinic for children which will not only be informative but amusing as well.

Besides the games, one of the other sources of entertainment at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games will be the music. There is nothing like amazing Celtic music that lifts the spirits. There will be numerous musical acts during the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games as well as two fantastic concerts planned. The first will be the Celtic Rock featuring Piper Jones, The Freestylers of Piping, and Seven Nations. On Saturday, there will be the Celtic Jam which will feature John Doyle and the All-Celtic Jam.

As you can see, there is a rich sense of history in the Western North Carolina mountains and we all love to celebrate it. When you do decide to go to the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, we hope that you will consider staying with us at Orchard Inn. Our delightful B&B is the perfect home away from home for you. Our cozy rooms and cottages are perfect for groups of any size. Each morning join us for a delicious and filling breakfast in our in-house restaurant. From there, enjoy your day. Be sure to reserve one dinner with us as well. Our chefs work tirelessly to provide amazing and local dishes that are enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Contact us today to book your room for the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.