Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games

Ever wonder exactly what a “Gathering of the Scottish Clans” is all about?  It is one great big family reunion with lots of excitement and entertainment.  The Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games are a festival of Scottish traditions.

The word ‘Clan’ means family. Many Clans have very extended family ties that are known as Septs.  Septs are either what we know today as in-laws or are non-related families that lived under the protection of the Clan Chief. Each Clan has a tartan with a plaid that is designed for a particular Clan. If you belong to that Clan, then you may wear their tartan.
Clan Tents are set up around the main field where the families of each Clan gather to watch the competition.  If you find your family name at one of these tents, there will be someone there to welcome you and tell you about your family history as it relates to the Clan.

The Games are centered around a field of athletic competition which includes the well know “Caber Toss”.  There is also competition of Pipe & Drum Bands, individual Pipers and Drummers.  Lassies and Laddies compete in the Highland Dance as well.

Entertainment includes Country Dancing, a Dog Show, and Clan Competitions that can get pretty intense, not to mention several incredible Stage Performing Bands, Balladeers, a Comedian and Kid’s Playground & athletic competitions.  Of course, there has to be ‘Education’, even it it is learning about the different types of Scotch. Can we help it if you have to take a wee sip?

Whether or not your ancestors hailed from the Highlands, the Lowlands or the Islands, when you leave the Smoky Mountain Highland Games, you will know what it means to be a SCOT.

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Location

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Latitude: 35.751806 Longitude: -83.961253 Elevation: 1004 ft

Event Dates

5/17/2019 – 5/18/2019

Admission Fee (if any)

Yes.  Please see: http://smokymountaingames.org/

ADA Accessibility Notes

Accessible

Pet Friendly Notes

yes, on a leash

How to Get There

If you would like to view or download a campus map they are available here:

Maryville College Campus Map

Event Map

Parking Map

Directions:

NORTH FROM CHATTANOOGA/ ATLANTA
Take I-75N toward Knoxville. Exit at Lenoir City, Highway 321 (just before getting to Knoxville) and turn right off the exit. Continue on 321 for approximately 20 miles (through Lenoir City) and you will come into Maryville. Continue straight and the college will be on the right (you will go under a “bridge” with Maryville College written on it; the campus is the second right turn).

EAST FROM NASHVILLE
Take I-40E toward Knoxville. Exit at Oak Ridge, Highway 321 (before I-75) and turn right off the exit. Continue on 321 for approximately 25 miles (through Lenoir City) and you will come into Maryville. Continue straight and the college will be on the right (you will go under a “bridge” with Maryville College written on it; the campus is the second right turn).

SOUTH FROM TRI-CITIES
Take I-81S toward Knoxville. At the Asheville/Knoxville split, take I-40W toward Knoxville. As you come into Knoxville stay on I -40W until you take the Smoky Mountain/Alcoa Hwy exit, Hwy 129S. As you exit the road will split; bear to the left, following the airport signs. After you pass the airport, bear to the left at fork and follow the MC signs through Alcoa. Continue straight through six traffic lights. At the seventh light you will see the campus; turn right onto Highway 321 South (Lamar Alexander Parkway). Turn immediately left into the college.

SOUTH FROM KENTUCKY
Take I-75S toward Knoxville. After exit 108 (Merchants Road) in Knoxville, I-75 splits into I-75/I-640 (to Chattanooga) and I-275 (to Knoxville). Take I-275S to Knoxville. I-275 ends after approximately 3 miles. Take I-40W for about one mile. From I-40, look for the Smoky Mountain/Alcoa Hwy exit, Hwy 129S. Continue on 129S past McGhee-Tyson airport (approximately 20 miles). When the highway splits after the airport, stay to the left, continuing through six traffic lights. At the seventh light, you will see the campus; turn right onto 321S (Lamar Alexander Parkway). Turn immediately left into the college.

WEST FROM NORTH CAROLINA
Take I-40W toward Knoxville. As you come into Knoxville stay on I-40W until you take the Smoky Mountain/Alcoa Hwy. Exit. Hwy 129S. As you exit the road will split; bear to the left, following the airport signs. Continue on 129S past McGhee-Tyson airport (approximately 20 miles). When the highway splits after the airport, stay to the left, continuing through six traffic lights. At the seventh light you will see the campus; turn right onto 321S (Lamar Alexander Parkway). Turn immediately left into the college.

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