Scottish Festival and Highland Games

Tempus Fugit seems to be the theme of my life since the middle of summer. While I haven’t taken a break on hiking, I haven’t been on any new quests since June. In the back of my mind I believed it to just be two months or so but it’s been four long months since I’ve posted anything to this site. Remarkably, everyone is still visiting so thank you!

In early June I went to the Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games and it was absolutely awesome. I meant to post about it but life got in the way . The reason for posting it now is that the Scottish Festival and Highland Games will be at Stone Mountain, October 17th and 18th, and I want to shout from the proverbial roof top to go and check it out for the day.

Here are the reasons why you should go, I need only list three. If none of these interest you I will assume you are either Grumpy Cat or just an uninterested person in anything brilliant.

  1. You can see the Caber Toss. *HUGE* men in kilts lifting a tree-pole that is generally just shy of 20 feet tall and weighs about 175 pounds into the air. Not only lifting it in the air, but running with it and then tossing it into the air.
  2. Highland dancing with bagpipes and drums. Need I really say more? Oh, I can say more, there’s a parade too. Clans all get together, set up tents with ancestry books and Scottish heritage knowledge and then they march in a parade for the opening ceremony.
  3. Food. If the first two didn’t catch your attention then surely food must. Who doesn’t love food? Not just any food, traditional British and Scottish food. They even have Irn-Bru. I was in nostalgic food heaven and ended up ordering four different meals at the same time and two Irn-bru’s. I ate humming like a child next to the creek and regretted nothing. 

I was told the Stone Mountain Festival is even bigger than the one I attended in Blairsville. Excuse the photos as the resolution got messed up and my care for resolution of photos vs. other things I can do in life is not on an even footing.

So here are the details my quest-seeking friends:

Stone Mountain Park

October 17 – October 18
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Events, cost, schedule etc: Link to Glory

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