At the Highland Gathering you'll see a variety of demonstrations. From the grace of Scottish Country dancing to traditional Scottish events and activities for the Wee ones - there is something of appeal to all ages.
Scottish Country Dancing
Scottish Country Dancing is a form of social dancing that involves three or more couples dancing in organized formations called “sets.” Scottish Country Dancing is not to be confused with Scottish Highland Dancing which is a solo form of dance.
Scottish Country dances are categorized a jigs, reels and Strathspeys according the music to which they are dances. Jigs and reels a lively dances that feature a quick tempo whereas the Strathspey is more stately with a slower tempo.
Highland dancing originated outdoors, with warriors preparing for battle, whereas country dancing developed mostly in the ballroom. With the advent of Highland Gatherings, country dancing moved outside. Now, outdoor country dancers perform at almost every Highland Gathering.
Come out to the Edmonton Highland Gathering and see Edmonton dancers perform on grass!
Traditional Scottish Games
Highland Games are as iconically Scottish as bagpipes, kilts and Highland Dancing– all of which feature heavily at any gathering.
The Games are also noted for their unique sporting and athletic events many of which involve throwing and lifting. These include the shot put, tug-o-war, caber toss and hammer throw - collectively known as heavy events.