CONCORD – Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of Scotland at the 43rd NH Highland Games and Festival Friday, Sept. 21, through Sunday, Sept. 23, at Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln, NH. Presented by NHSCOT, the NH Highland Games & Festival, the largest Scottish cultural event in North America, showcases the traditions and history of Scotland through heavy athletic games, music and entertainment, food, and cultural activities. The 2018 Games, which is expected to draw 35,000 attendees, features new and beloved activities for all ages to enjoy.

“The New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival allows everyone to celebrate Scottish traditions and culture with athletic competitions, food, music and entertainment, and cultural events – like the sheep dog trials and Clan Village,” said Terri Wiltse, Executive Director of NHSCOT. “We welcome visitors, competitors and vendors from all around the world, making this truly a global event.”

New this year, visitors can plan their visit and navigate the Games with an easy-to-use NH Highland Games & Festival mobile app, Event Truly. The app includes the schedule of activities and performers, maps, and real-time updates and alerts. Visitors can also build a list of the activities they want to see and do at the Games. The app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Athletes from the United States, Canada, Iceland, Scotland, and other European countries will take part in heavy athletic competitions, such as the Caber Toss, Hammer Throw, Weight Over Bar, and Stone Carry. Scotland native Lorne Colthart, who won the 2017 World Caber Toss Championship, will make his first appearance at the NH Highland Games and Festival. Visit for more information about the competition and world-class competitors.

Storyteller, actor, and musician Luke Ashlocke will bring his stand-up comedy to the Games this year. Voted break-out artist of the year by the Los Angeles Comedy Awards in 2011, Ashlocke is inspired by Robin Williams, Chris Farley, and Rodney Dangerfield. Born in Glasgow and raised in California, he will share jokes and humorous stories about his life, his Scottish dad and American mom, and Scottish heritage throughout the Games.

From rich ballads to soulful strings and tribal drum beats, visitors can enjoy a variety of musical performances. Visit for more information about this year’s musical line-up.

The free seminars provide a closer look at Scotland's culture and history. For a full list of seminars, visit

Scottish Cooking Demonstrations with Gary Maclean: Maclean is the first-ever national chef of Scotland and will demonstrate his award-winning skills, which helped him win BBC’s MasterChef: The Professionals in 2016. The Mountain Club at Loon will also be serving many of Maclean’s recipes during the weekend.

Fly Fishing & Spey Casting with William Ciaurro: Certified casting instructor Ciaurro will discuss fly fishing in Scotland and demonstrate Spey casting, a fly-casting technique from the mid-1800s and named after the river Spey - one of Scotland's premier salmon rivers.

Falconry with Rita Tulloh and Diane Welch: This duo has more than 30 combined years of experience in falconry, which is the sport of hunting game with falcons. They will present the history of falconry and showcase the relationship hunters have with their falcons. Visitors will be able to get up close to a red-tailed hawk and a merlin, a small, fast-flying falcon.

Prince Henry Sinclair & His Exploration of America before Columbus with David S. Brody: David Brody, a bestselling fiction writer, is an avid researcher specializing in the history of North America; he will discuss Scottish Prince Sinclair who may have first discovered the New World a century before Christopher Columbus.

A Tour of Scotland by Collette Tours: Collette Tours will take visitors on a virtual tour of Scotland, from its rugged sea-sprayed islands to its stately castles rich in history.

Visitors can also participate in free, 45-minute Try-It Classes in piping, Highland dance, stone lifting, and drumming, taught by experts. New classes this year include learning to be a drum major, harp playing, spey casting, snare drumming, and Mas-wrestling (fighting over a stick).

The color and pageantry of Scotland’s history come alive as more than 30 pipe and drum bands march into Parade Square on Saturday and Sunday and perform in unison. This year’s featured guest pipe band is The Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band, one of the oldest functioning pipe bands in the U.S.

More than 65 Scottish clans will participate in the Clan Village, where festival goers can learn more about Scottish heritage specific to individual clans. This year’s festival has two Honored Clans: Clan MacLachlan and Clan MacEwen.

In the Living History encampments, reenactors bring Scotland’s history to life. Visitors can also browse and shop the Vendor Village featuring more than 30 vendors selling Scottish goods, including shortbread, linens, kilts, bagpipes, and balmorals.

Other activities include sheep dog trials on Friday, as well as pipe, drum, dance, and athletic competitions. Educational Scottish whisky and beer tasting events are held throughout the weekend for an additional fee. A kilted mile race on Sunday afternoon is open to walkers and runners of all ages and abilities.

The Bairns & Weans Children’s Program features special activities for children, such as crafts, storytelling, athletic games, and music and dance demonstrations. On Sunday, children can show their Scottish pride during the Parade of the Bairns. For more information on activities for children, visit

Single day tickets are available online in advance or at the gate. Tickets cost $20 per person for Friday admission; $35 for Saturday admission; and $25 for Sunday admission. Weekend passes cost $65 per person and may be purchased in advance through September 20 or at the gate Friday. Admission for children 14 and under is free if accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are non-refundable. Events are held rain or shine. No pets are allowed; only recognized service dogs are permitted.

Attendees have access to festival grounds from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; additional ticketed evening events will be held in various locations on the festival grounds throughout the weekend. These events include the Tartan Dinner & Ball, numerous concerts, and beer and whisky tastings.

For more information about the NH Highland Games & Festival, and to purchase single day tickets, weekend passes and tickets for evening events, visit