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.

Highland Gathering Dates 2020

04 April Vaal Highland Gathering
18 April Cornwall Hill Gathering (Regional)
25 April South Coast Highland Gathering (Championship)
16 May Jeppe Gathering (Regional)
30 May De La Salle Gathering (Regional)
13 June Pretoria Boys Gathering (Championship)
27 June KwaZulu-Natal Scottish Gathering
11 July St Benedict’s Gathering (Regional Final)
25 July Benoni Gathering (SA Champs & Championship Final)
10 October East London Caledonian Society Highland Gathering

Solo Competitions

07 March (SPSSA) Sandy Mallen
14 March (KZNPDS) Dunsmore Challenge
28 March (SPSSA) 100 Guineas
29 March (SPSSA) Junior Guineas
19 April Cornwall Hill Gathering Solos
26 April South Coast Highland Gathering Solos
31 May De La Salle Gathering Solos
12 September SA Solo Drumming Championships
03 October (SPSSA) George Ackroyd