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General Information

 -  Admission gates open at 8 AM

 -  Admission:  Adult - $18, Student/Senior/Active Duty Military - $15, Family or Group of 4 - $45, children under 5 are free.

 -  Pets are not allowed at the Bellingham Scottish Gathering.

 -  Camping is not allowed on the field.  Please see Accommodations below for hotel/motel/camping options in the area.

 -  There has been an abundance of rain in Whatcom County.  Please plan to bring boots/comfortable shoes and rain gear.

 -  There is no on-site ATM.  There are several at the Main Street exit from I-5 in Ferndale, and in Lynden along the Guide Meridian.

 -  Many vendors will accept credit/debit cards.  If using cash please plan to have U.S. currency.

Bellingham Scottish Gathering
Schedule of Events
8:00 AM Scotland FOREver Golf Tournament
9:00 AM Competitive events begin: Highland Dance, Bagpipe &
Drum, Scottish Athletics
Animal Displays Open
Food & Merchandise Vendors Open
11:00 AM Storytelling
Noon Opening Ceremonies
Lunch Break
1:00 PM Storytelling
Highland Dance, Scottish Athletics Resume
2:00 PM Bagpipe Band Competition
5:00 PM Massed Bands
6:00 PM End of the Bellingham Scottish Gathering


We’ve seen so much rain in Whatcom County since November and flooding that caused so much devastation leading to federal disaster designation.  We waited until the last minute to see if fields designated for parking on June 4th would be dry enough to mow.  They are not.

The last week has seen us scrambling to find suitable alternatives and we now have a plan that will work if everyone does their part.

We will first park cars on one side of the paved road into the golf course.  When those spots are filled we have alternate lots available one mile away in a 5 acre field and in two church parking lots.


We have designated parking for food and merchandise vendors and for vehicles carrying large amounts of band or athletic equipment.  Beyond that, individuals with tents and canopies will be required to park in general parking.

We are working with Whatcom County Sheriff deputies who will be directing traffic and assisting us throughout the day.  We also have two high school teams and adult supervisors to handle parking.

We hired a bus company to transport people in two buses back and forth from parking from 8:30 AM to 6 PM.  There should not be longer than a 10 minute wait for a ride throughout the day.


If you are coming to North Bellingham Golf Course from I-5 and Northwest Avenue to the Smith Road, please watch for parking signs just after the soccer complex.  If you see a sign please stop and enter parking there.  Heading further down Smith Road will mean you will have to turn around and come back.


We ask for your understanding and cooperation as we change directions at the last minute.  The plan will work if everyone remains calm and works with us.  If 10 minutes is too long for you to wait there are options for taxis and Uber rides a phone call away.


We very much appreciate the support we have seen from our community and will do everything possible to make sure you have an enjoyable day.

Accommodations for the Bellingham Scottish Gathering

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Preferred Lodging Partner:

The Oxford Suites Bellingham is located just 9 minutes from the event Venue and is offering discounted rates to attendees! Please call (360) 676-1400 to book your suite by May 28th and ask about the Bellingham Scottish Games discount! For more information about the Oxford Suites, please click here.

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Camping Options:

Hidden Village RV Park & Camping (5 miles north of Golf Course)

7062 Guide Meridian, Lynden WA  98264  (360) 398-1041

Nor-west RV Park (5 miles from Golf Course)

1627 Main Street, Ferndale, WA  98248  (360) 384-2522

Lynden/Bellingham KOA 913 Miles north of Golf Course)

8717 Lina Road, Lynden, WA  98264  (800) 562- 4779

Highland Dancing Information:

5/30/22:  Highland Dance Competition Schedule

Dancer update #1: 5/30/22

Championships under age 16 do not have the required 6 dancers.  Regular competition classes will be held for 7 & Under 12 (dancing short steps) and 12 & Under16 (dancing long steps).  Championship steps are not required in the under 16 age groups.  The Championship class for dancers ages 16 & Over will proceed. 

Dance judges are:  Fred De Marse, Kyla Groeschel and Kay Hamilton.  All are from California.

Dance piper is:  Matt Turnbull from Seattle.

Rain plan:  no change.  Dancers will compete in the event tent and spectator seating is available.

Change tents are provided and dancer families may bring canopies/tents to put up in designated area.

Signage and banners are only allowed for event sponsors.

Covid-19 update:  No change.  Masks are not required although dancers may choose to wear masks during the competition.

Dancers Assumption of Risk forms must be signed by parent/guardian or dancer if over age 18.

Piping & Drumming Information:

Piping & Drumming update #1:  5/30/22

The Order of Play for the Bellingham Scottish Gathering is now posted on the BC Pipers Association website:

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