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New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival

Friday, September 21, 2018 to Sunday, September 23, 2018

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Grab your kilt for the 43rd annual New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival! One of the largest Scottish festivals in the country, the Highland Games will feature top Scottish bands, classic Highlander cuisine, Scottish heavy athletics, and dozens of other unique cultural attractions.

Visit NHScot.org for tickets and more information about the festival!

Festival Highlights

Pipe Bands

More than 30 Scottish pipe bands from Canada and the United States will perform at Loon over the course of the Games.

Scottish Heavy Athletics

The New Hampshire Highland Games and Festival has become a favorite venue for many of the world's top Heavyweight athletes. In the past, we've hosted Thor Bjornsson, star of the popular HBO series Game of Thrones, as well as an outstanding field of professional, masters and amateur athletes.


Seminars include whiskey & beer tasting as well as a look back at Scottish history. Demonstrations and workshops are also available for harp, fiddle, and Scottish country dancing.


Competitions are held in Highland dance, piping and drumming, pipe bands, fiddle, and harp. Plus, don't miss the sheepdog trials!

Youth Program

The Games offer great Youth programs on both Saturday and Sunday. Children can try their hand at various craft projects, participate in games and demonstrations, or listen to a traditional Scottish storyteller! Events are designed for children 5 years to preteen, but we welcome all who are interested in discovering more about Scottish culture in an interactive way.

Gondola Skyride

Soar to the top of Loon Peak on NH's longest scenic Gondola Skyride. While at the top, explore summit adventures like the glacial caves, observation tower, mountaintop amphitheater and more. Buy your tickets at Loon Mountain Sports located inside the Gondola Barn.

10:00am to 5:00pm


Kancamagus Express Quad (Saturday & Sunday)

Feel the wind in your hair as you cruise up the West Basin on this four-person chairlift. Located next to Governor Adams Lodge, you'll have a great bird's eye view of the athletic fields and more. Buy your tickets at the base of the Quad (Cash Only) or at Loon Mountain Sports–located inside the Gondola Barn. Open Saturday & Sunday only. Kancamagus Quad tickets also include access to the Gondola Skyride too.

10:00am to 5:00pm


Many vendors and food & beverage outlets are cash only. ATMs are located inside the Governor Adams Lodge as well as the Octagon Lodge.


General parking for the Games is located in the towns of Lincoln & Woodstock. All parking is free. Please follow the signs to designated parking areas and ride free shuttle buses to Loon Mountain Resort. Shuttle buses will run 8:00 am until 6:00 pm (Shuttle service hours will be extended as necessary). For those attending evening events, parking is free and on-site for all locations.

Handicapped Parking

Please park at Pemigewasset Base Camp at South Peak and you will be shuttled, via handicap-equipped bus, directly into the event grounds.


There are lots to see and do, so wear comfortable shoes. This is an outdoor event, so be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. Highland Games apparel and merchandise will be available at Loon Mountain Sports' three locations: Gondola Barn, Governor Adams Lodge and the summit of Loon Peak.

Only service animals are allowed on the grounds during the Highland Games. Please do not bring pets.

Athlete competing in the caber toss

Festival Hours

Access to the grounds is 8:00a-5:00p daily. Additional ticketed evening events in various locations in the Lincoln-Woodstock area.

Visit NHScot.org  for details.

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