Immerse Yourself In Scottish Spirit: The Loch Norman Highland Games

Historic Rural Hill – Huntersville, NC

Get ready to experience a cultural extravaganza steeped in tradition and athletic prowess! Set against the stunning backdrop of Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville, North Carolina, the Loch Norman Highland Games offer a vibrant celebration of all things Scottish, taking place this year on April 20th and 21st, 2024.

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Scottish heritage. Witness kilted participants compete in thrilling “heavy events” like tossing the caber and throwing the hammer, showcasing remarkable strength and skill. Be captivated by the graceful movements of Highland dancers adorned in colorful tartans, their intricate footwork mirroring the rhythm of the bagpipes. Wander through the bustling marketplace, brimming with authentic Scottish goods and crafts, and tantalize your taste buds with traditional delicacies like haggis and oatcakes.

This family-friendly event caters to everyone. The Giant Kid’s Zone keeps young adventurers entertained with bouncy castles, face painting, and interactive games. Witness exciting tug-of-war battles, marvel at historical reenactments, and even learn a few steps of Scottish country dancing. Immerse yourself in the electrifying atmosphere as bagpipe bands fill the air with their stirring melodies, creating an unforgettable sonic experience.

Your journey doesn’t end with the competitions. Indulge in delicious local food and beverages, including North Carolina craft beers and Scottish-inspired dishes. Learn about your ancestral clan ties at dedicated booths, or test your aim with archery and axe-throwing activities. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere of the festival, where the warm spirit of Scottish hospitality welcomes everyone.

Delve into the sophisticated world of whiskey with expertly guided seminars. Savor the smoky depths of a single malt or the smooth caress of bourbon, learning the secrets behind each sip. Let the games begin, and let your palate follow, for a truly unforgettable Scottish experience. 

The Loch Norman Highland Games are more than just a competition; they’re a cultural cornerstone, bridging the gap between Scotland and the Carolinas. This annual event not only celebrates Celtic heritage but also serves as an important fundraiser for Historic Rural Hill, ensuring its preservation and educational programs for generations to come.

Don’t miss this chance to embark on a cultural adventure filled with history, music, food, and fun. Gather your friends and family, mark your calendars for April 20th and 21st, and prepare to be transported to the heart of Scottish tradition at the Loch Norman Highland Games!

Celebrating more than 250 years in history…Rural Hill is the former homestead of Major John and Violet Davidson. The 265-acre site is maintained and promoted by Historic Rural Hill Inc. and features annual events such as the Loch Norman Highland Games, the Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze, the Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials, and the NC Brewers and Music Festival. Historic Rural Hill Inc. is a non-profit organization supported through membership and donations, and with proceeds from its events utilized for the preservation of Historic Rural Hill and its education efforts. For more information on events please visit

Historic Rural Hill
4431 Neck Rd, Huntersville, NC 704 875 3113

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