Events and Activities
At this festival, you can expect a wide range of events and activities that celebrate Scottish culture and heritage. Visitors will be able to witness thrilling athletic competitions such as the caber toss, hammer throw, and stone put. Traditional Highland dancing performances will captivate audiences with their grace and precision. Bagpipe bands from all over gather to showcase their talent, filling the air with enchanting melodies. For those interested in learning more about their Scottish roots, there are genealogy workshops available where experts guide participants through the process of tracing their ancestry back to Scotland. The festival also features various demonstrations of traditional crafts like weaving, pottery making, and blacksmithing.
Just a short drive away is Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name. Here you’ll find charming shops, restaurants offering delicious seafood dishes, and even a world-class aquarium. For nature lovers, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a must-visit destination. Known as “the crown jewel of California’s state park system,” it offers breathtaking coastal views along its trails that wind through cypress groves and wildflower meadows. Another popular attraction is Carmel-by-the-Sea, a picturesque seaside town known for its art galleries and quaint streets lined with unique boutiques. Stroll along Carmel Beach or explore the historic Carmel Mission for a taste of local history.