Scotland in the Smokies is calling you!!

Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games

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May 18 – 19, 2024

Townsend Visitor’s Center



Come out to one of our three entertainment stages for a rockin’ and toe-tappin’ good time! Whether you enjoy high energy Celtic rock, traditional Gaelic folk or something in between, we have a band for you!


Scotland in the Smokies is calling you!!! Celebrating its 42nd year, the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games is Tennessee’s oldest festival of Scottish, Irish and Celtic culture. Presenting folk, roots, rock & pop music, highland athletics, pipes & drums, highland and Irish dance. Whisky tastings, vendors and a great selection of beer and food from the Scottish, Irish and British homelands. Enjoy a weekend of family fun in the beautiful foothills of Townsend, Tennessee, just outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


Heavy Athletics

Marvel over the feats of strength in this sporting spectacle of champions. Scottish heavy athletics owe their roots to the Highland warriors who would keep in shape between battles by competing amongst themselves with everyday implements. A stone, a blacksmith’s hammer, a tree trunk (caber) became tools for building strength for battle.


Piping & Drumming

Enjoy bag piping and drumming throughout the weekend during competitions that bring players from all over the world to compete in different levels ranging from beginners to professionals.


Highland Dance

Celebrate the Scottish spirit with Highland Dancing! The dances are a combination of strength, agility, movement, music and costume.


Scottish Clans

Find out if you belong to a Scottish Clan! Clan hosts can help you learn more about a clan, including their tartans, as well as welcome you into membership should you decide to officially join a clan.

Sheep Herding

Be amazed at the speed and skill of border collies as they bring the flock together in live border collie herding demonstrations.

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