The 34th. annual Scotland Connecticut Highland Festival & Games will be held on on Sunday, October 9th, 2022. The location of our festival is at the Historic Waldo House, 96 Waldo Road, Scotland, CT 06264.
We will be offering advance ticket sales ( at a reduced price) .If you encounter a problem please contact Bonnie Banks at 860-222-5622, thank you.
Please note that you must print out your tickets once they have been paid for or down load them onto your cellphone.
We thank you for your patience and understanding during this past year as the Pandemic crossed the globe.
WE would also like to encourage everyone to please follow all CDC guidelines, give yourself and others space. There is plenty of room and time for you to view all activities taking place throughout the day.
This festival supports many local businesses as well as offering Scholarships. The scholarships can be awarded to anyone who will be studying about Scotland ( U.K.) while in a college, advanced studies, which includes BUT NOT limited to the study of or lessons for the Bagpipes, Harp, drums, singing, dance, history, etc. Scholarship applications are available to print off of this web site. Just click the "more" icon at the top of the page, this will take you to the scholarship applications.
Our committee that hosts this festival is a small one and we are NOT getting any younger. WE are asking all of you to PLEASE, PLEASE consider helping us with this festival. If you enjoy this festival as much as we do, take a moment and consider joining our committee.
We meet every third Monday at the Scotland, Ct. Library. Meetings are NOT mandatory BUT we would love to see you at them in August, September & October so that we can all be on board as to the planning and set up . If you can not attend the meeting BUT have any time the week prior to our festival, PLEASE come down to the grounds to help us set up. If even for a few hours a day, any little bit will be greatly appreciated!!
On this page we will bring you information about the bands who will be performing in the entertainment tent, Bagpipe bands that will be performing through out the day on the performance field by the vendors, Information on the festival site, our Highland Games taking place in the field by the Dining Tent. Through out the day there will be Scotch Highland Cattle on display just past the entertainment tent by the shuttle bus drop off/pick up location. Soay Sheep which are a breed of sheep from Scotland will be on display in the same area. There will also be sheep dog demonstrations throughout the day in the fenced in area by the Waldo House.
We are also honored to host our annual Harp demonstrations and competitions through out the day in the Harp Tent over by the food trucks.
WE do offer handicapped parking and a shaded tent area to view the parade field.
PLEASE be advised that our Our parking areas are located in Hay and corn fields that have been harvested. Our volunteers do re-mow the corn stalks and hay fields as close to the ground as possible to make it easier to drive, park & walk through. That being said, the parking areas may still be a bit difficult to maneuver through if you are handicapped. We recommend using one of the shuttle busses or our handicapped parking area if you have a parking permit.
WE offer FREE shuttle bus services at two locations. One site is the paved parking lot at the Sayles School, 25 Scotland Road in Baltic, CT. Another site is the field across the street from the Scotland Volunteer Fire Department located at 47 Brook Road, Scotland, Ct.
Our committee members spend a LOT of their time preparing this site for this festival. Setting up the festival and taking it all down again takes up a couple weeks of our committee member's time.
We do ask that you PLEASE stay OFF of all of the stone walls that were made hundreds of years ago. Our festival grounds have some beautiful stone walls on the property. If a wall becomes damaged, it may cost us several hundreds of dollars to have just small bits repaired.
To avoid this un-needed expense, we ask that you PLEASE take care of these beautiful festival grounds. PLEASE do NOT sit or climb over any of the stonewalls. Help us to keep this place beautiful and the festival to continue on. Feel free to bring a chair or a blanket and respect those who have worked so hard to maintain this beautiful property.
WE also NEED to state that NO ONE is allowed to bring any kind of a animal, pet or dog onto our grounds. PLEASE do NOT leave any animal or person locked inside of any vehicle. This includes all of our shuttle bus properties, our parking areas and our festival grounds. If we find any animal is locked inside of a vehicle while the owner is away, we WILL contact the State Police. If you are found on the festival grounds with any animal, pet or dog you will be asked to leave the festival- NO refunds !
WE hate to do this but through out the years we have found some people abusing this rule even though it has been posted on site, on our Facebook and web site, our printed literature and on our parking signs. Our insurance will not cover any animal on our grounds unless we have invited that animal to take part in our festival.
WE would like to thank everyone who has attended our festival and supported our cause of promoting Scotland ( U.K. & the U.S.A.) as well as so many Scottish (U.K.) traditions. We would like to say Thank You to all of our vendors selling all of their Scottish wares, foods, musical instruments, all of our Bagpipe Bands who will perform throughout the day, All of our Harp contestants, the Scottish Dancers, all of the farms who have brought along their beautiful animals to show off here and of course all of the contestants in the Scottish Games . Without all of our volunteers, contestants and this beautiful Waldo Homestead we would not be able to host this Festival, so THANK YOU to EVERYONE!!
On this page we will bring you information about the bands who will be performing in the entertainment tent, Bagpipe bands that will be performing through out the day on the performance field by the vendors, Information on the festival site, our Highland Games taking place in the field by the Dining Tent. Through out the day there will be Scotch Highland Cattle on display just past the entertainment tent by the shuttle bus drop off/pick up location, Soay Sheep which are a Scottish breed of sheep will be on display. There will also be sheep dog demonstrations throughout the day in the fenced in area by the Waldo House.
We also will host our annual Harp demonstrations and competitions through out the day in the Harp Tent over by the food trucks.