Torch Light Ceremony

Thursday evening marks the beginning of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. MacRae Meadows opens at 4:00 p.m.  Food concessions are available, However, visitors to the Games often choose to bring their own picnic. With a flashlight to use later in the evening and a blanket for sitting on the ground, they can enjoy once again the beauty of these mountains. It is a special time and a special place, made more so by the ceremony that follows.........

Raise The Clans

The Expression “raise the clans” has a slightly archaic sound to our ears. It is surrounded by an aura of some long-forgotten appeal to support noble causes or high ideals. From an historic perspective, it was used to summon the clans for battle. We have chosen to transform this ancient act to symbolize a different kind of call to the clans.

The Saltire Cross is recognized as Scotland’s ancient symbol. A living cross of light is made up of a representative from all clans and families who have come to participate. They come from all the points of the compass to indicate their origins and take their place as part of the gathering on this magnificent mountain.

Together they share remembrances and offer thanks. As the torches burn brightly together in the gathering darkness, the haunting sound of pipes is carried into the night. The clans have come again to celebrate who they are.

The Torchlight Ceremony was created by Larry Long, the 1995 recipient of the Agnes MacRae Morton Award.


David McDougall


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scottish heritage USA
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