Planning on attending a Highland Game or Celtic Festival this summer? Then be sure to follow our helpful festival guide when planning your day:
1) Make sure to check the weather forecast for the day of the event. Most festivals are held on fairgrounds and may not have tree cover or shelters, so dress appropriately.
2) Pack a bag with the following items: Sunblock, a hat, sunglasses and an umbrella to shade you in the sun during the opening and closing ceremonies. If the festival you are attending is expecting inclement weather, buy a rain poncho at your local retailer. Believe me, you will pay a pretty penny at the festival for this gear!
3) Food can get quite expensive at the games too, especially for a family, so why not pack a lunch and snacks. Bottle water, grapes, and a few granola bars are a few of our favorites.
4) Plan your trip in advanced and arrive early to get parking close to the festival. Some festivals offer reduced admission prices if you buy the ticket well in advanced through the festival's website. If you are traveling to a region that you are not familiar with, use the new Google Map service for maps and travel times. http://maps.google.com. We have found this service to be very accurate.
5) If shopping at the festival is your goal, make sure to bring your credit card or cash. Most vendors accept credit cards at the games, so limit your cash to only food, tickets and a few amenities.
Most of all, enjoy yourself! Games and festivals are a great place to just hang out, watch what everyone else is doing and take in some great music and entertainment. It's an excellent way to explore local regions that you have never been too, meet people and perhaps discover new interests. With appropriate planning by following this guide, you are certain to have an enjoyable and memorable day!