The Scottish Highlands Descend on Snowmass

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Want to experience the Scottish Highlands but can’t travel across the pond? Not to worry. On August 4th through 6th you can swing by Snowmass for the Colorado Scottish Festival, the only FREE Scottish festival in Colorado and the highest in the world.

In its 54th year, the Colorado Scottish Festival has its itinerary dialed in. From a Scottish Ceilidh (a party pronounced kay – lee) to a good ol’ whisky tasting (taking away the “e” for authenticity), this festival has it all.

Friday night kicks off with a concert by Celtic rock band, Ruaile Buaile. For those wanting a first-class evening, a ticket to the Thistle Club, the festival’s premier experience, offers a world-class dinner, scotch tastings, an auction, and private seating at the concert.

On Saturday, the festival moves into high gear as several activities fill the day. Attendees can enjoy piping and drumming competitions, dance competitions, and Scottish athletic competitions—think Caber Toss, the Clachneart, and the Hammer. Families will want to check out the kids’ zone for activities like Gathering of Sheep and Finding Nessie. Or, they can head to the Renaissance Scots Living History Village where they’ll experience Scottish Highland life and crafts from the time of William Wallace through Culloden in 1745.

Want more? This festival has it—Dogs of the British Isles, a Bonnie Knees Contest, and, of course, whisky tastings with Baz Dabkowski, a whisky aficionado known for his whisky knowledge and witty commentary.

Join the many clans who descend upon Snowmass every year for this unique and amazing festival. While you might not be able to make it to Scotland, you can probably make it to Snowmass. For more information, visit

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