What is a Highland Gathering?

A Highland Gathering is an event held, in order to celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture and heritage, especially that of the Scottish Highlands. Certain aspects of the games are so well known as to have become emblematic of Scotland, such as the bagpipes, the kilt, and at certain Highland Gathering – the heavy events, especially the caber toss. While centred on competitions in piping and drumming and highland dancing, the gathering also include entertainment and exhibits related to other aspects of Scottish and Gaelic culture.

2017 Highland Gathering Dates

18 Feb: Knysna Celtic Festival
01 Apr: Vaal Highland Gathering (Bob Worrall Adjudicating)
29 Apr: South Coast Highland Gathering (Championship)
13 May: Jeppe Gathering (Regional)
27 May: De La Salle Gathering (Regional)
10 Jun: Cornwall Hill Gathering (Regional)
17 Jun: Pretoria Boys Gathering (Championship)
01 Jul: Natal Scottish Gathering
15 Jul: St Benedict’s Gathering (Regional Final)
29 Jul: Benoni Gathering (SA Champs & Championship Final)

Solo Competitions
04 Mar: Sandy Mallen (PSSA)
25 Mar: 100 Guineas (Bob Worrall Adjudicating)(PSSA)
26 Mar: Junior Guineas (Bob Worrall Adjudicating)(PSSA)
30 Apr: South Coast Highland Gathering Solos
14 May: Jeppe Gathering Solos
28 May: De La Salle Gathering Solos
11 Jun: Cornwall Hill Gathering Solos
16 Sep: SA Solo Drumming Championships
07 Oct: George Ackroyd (PSSA)

Recitals and Concerts
Benoni MacTalla Concert (TBC)
07 Apr: Piping Recital – Bob Worrall

Schools, Seminars & Workshops
Bob Worrall to facilitate
27 Mar: Piping School (PSSA)
28 Mar: Piping School (PSSA)
29 Mar: Piping School (PSSA)
30 Mar: Band Workshops
31 Mar: Band Workshops
02 Apr: PDQ Exams
03 Apr: Band Workshops
04 Apr: Band Workshops
05 Apr: Band Workshops
06 Apr: Band Workshops
07 Apr: Band Workshops
08 Apr: PDQ Exams
09 Apr: PDQ Exams

Other Events
15 Apr: Tonteldoos Highland Festival