Another day at the Scottish Highland Games and Festival. There were many activities related to Scottish and Highlander culture. Music, stories, attire, seminars, traditions, foods and drinks, family and country history were all included.
Traditional music with bands and individuals entertained visitors, and competed for the best performance. Bagpipes, drumming, and drum major were featured. You could hear them practicing and performing all over the festival grounds.
Story tellers, comedians, and troubadours performed. A historical Scots encampment had re-enactors that showed the skills and lifestyle during the Highlander period. Highland dancers competed, and demonstrations of the country dance strathspey, reel and jig were held.
Clan Village had tents and booths representing the various families or clans of Scotland. At a certain time, the clans paraded into an arena where a roll call was made to recognize them. One clan was chosen to lead and to introduce the others.
After enjoying many events, we attended a few seminars. Among many, we chose Textiles and Travels in Scotland, A Tour of Gaelic Languages, and The Use of Tartan as a Jacobite Symbol.
While there was Scotch whiskey and beer tasting, plus the standard Scotch eggs, fish-n-chips, and haggis; we settled for a Irn-Bru soda or tea with a meat pie and bangers and rumblethumps. It was a fun time.
Camp: Wayside Inn
Scene: Festival, history, bands, dance