San Diego Scottish Highland Games

Highlanders Game Highlights

When: June 27 – 28, 2015
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Brengle Terrace Park
1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA (map)
Phone: (760) 726-3691 / (619) 425-3454
More info: Event website

San Diego Scottish Highland Games will take place at Brengle Terrace Park in Vista CA. When celebrating in times of peace one of the Highlanders’ favorite pastimes was the tainchel. For these “great hunts” very often several clans would combine. Chieftains would send word to the clansmen that such an event was planned and when and where they should assemble.

After a successful hunt, a great feast and celebration would be held. Then the rival clansmen would test each other’s prowess at various sports – running, jumping, wrestling, or primitive forms of weight putting with stones, or divided into roughly equal sides vying against each other in a very early form of camanachd or shinty. Lastly the clansmen would vie with each other in piping and in dancing, the pipers taking it in turns to demonstrate their skills and the clansmen to demonstrate their agility and neatness of movement by dancing complicated steps to the pipe music. These relaxations were in effect the forerunners of the modern Highland games.

Each year at the San Diego Highland Games, we feature four groups of entertainers on two stages. We present a variety of musical styles so there’s something for every musical taste.

No pets are allowed in Brengle Terrace Park (with the exception of seeing eye dogs and dogs participating in the Sheepdog Trials).

No alcoholic beverages may be brought into the park. Beer will be available for sale at several locations throughout the park. This rule will be enforced due to increased liability and rules of The City of Vista. There will be cooler checks.