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 2019

16 February Knysna Celtic Festival
06 April Vaal Highland Gathering
13 April Cornwall Hill Gathering (Regional)
27 April South Coast Highland Gathering (Championship)
11 May Jeppe Gathering (Regional)
25 May De La Salle Gathering (Regional)
15 June Pretoria Boys Gathering (Championship)
29 June Natal Scottish Gathering
13 July St Benedict’s Gathering (Regional Final)
27 July Benoni Gathering (SA Champs & Championship Final)
12 October Wynberg Highland Gathering

Solo Competitions

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