NH Highland Games & Festival
Competitions, Music, Scottish Food and more

NH Highland Games & Festival

Competitions, Music, Scottish Food and more
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    September 20–22, 2024
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World-class athletes, live music and entertainment, Scottish food & drink, free seminars, demonstrations, Try Its and more. Experience the spirit of Scotland – distilled into a single weekend at the NH Highland Games & Festival.

During the Games, access to Loon requires an event ticket.

This three-day event is produced by NH Scot, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote and preserve Scottish culture for future generations. Loon Mountain Resort is proud to have hosted this event for over 40 years.

Festival Highlights

Each year, crowds gather at the NH Highland Games & Festival eager to enjoy Scottish and Gaelic music ranging from lively tunes and soulful ballads to tribal beats. 

Seminars include whisky & 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.

Savor Scottish Delights

Enjoy meat pies, bridies, haggis, scotch eggs, and a variety of other unique treats at several food tents throughout the weekend. Traditional festival fare is also available.

Resort Activities

Gondola skyride

Load the White Mountain Express Gondola and travel up 1,738 vertical feet to the summt of Loon Peak. While you ride, you'll cross into the White Mountain National Forest and be surrounded by mountain peaks. 

Kancamagus 8

Catch a ride on the Kancamagus 8, a high-speed state-of-the-art chairlift. Or gear up for downhill mountain biking— with over 12.5+ miles covering 1,000 vertical feet, the Bike Park trails are ideal for beginners and seasoned riders alike. 

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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 from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm (Shuttle service hours will be extended as necessary). Know Your Shuttle Route! Each parking lot has a designated Shuttle Route (numbered 1, 2 or 3). Knowing the parking lot you parked in will help you get on the correct shuttle at the end of the day.

Handicap Parking info
Park at Pemigewasset Base Camp at South Peak and you will be shuttled, via handicap-equipped bus, directly into the event grounds.

Evening Concerts and Events: For those attending evening events, parking is free and on-site at Loon Mountain Resort. Shuttle buses do not run for evening events.

Shuttle Routes

  • Inn Seasons at Pollard Brook
    Kancamagus Recreation Area
    Nordic Inn
    Escape Route Parking Lots A, B, C, D, E
    Bluegreen Vacations South Mountain
    Riverwalk Resort
    Jean's Playhouse
    Lin-Wood School
    The Lodge at Lincoln Station
    Hampton Inn

  • Maple Haven Campground
    Ice Castle's
    Deer Park
    Woodstock Inn
    Alpine Village
    RiverBank Motel
    Hobo Railroad
    Holiday Inn Express
    Community Center
    Industrial Park

  • Indian Head
    Parkers Motel
    Travel Lodge
    Days Inn
    Whale's Tale Waterpark
    Quality Inn
    Country Bumpkins
    Clark's Bears

Know Before You Go

Only service animals are allowed on the grounds during the Highland Games. Pets are not permitted, and cannot be left in your vehicle. Please leave your pet at home.

Firearms are not allowed on the grounds during the Highland Games.

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Dress for Success
This is an outdoor event. Dress according to the weather, and wear comfortable footwear. Your feet will thank you.