Scottish heritage in Savannah traces back all the way to the 1700s. Every year, Savannah hosts their own Scottish games that has been a Celtic tradition since 1976. This year’s 43rd annual games will be held on Saturday, May 4. Ahead of the upcoming games, there are a few things you can do to prepare right here in Savannah.
Learn about the History
Savannah offers many opportunities to learn about its history. The Coastal Heritage Society offers 5 museums to explore and learn about Savannah’s history including Scotland’s involvement in the Battle of Savannah. There is also a Scottish Rite Temple located in Savannah. It has stood downtown for 85 years and is a monument to Masonry.
Get to know the Scottish Community
The St. Andrews Society in Savannah honors Scottish history and culture. The Society has a existed since before the revolution and hosts events such as a Scottish Banquet. Ahead of the Scottish games, reach out and see what other Scottish lads there are to meet in the area.
Eat and drink at Molly MacPherson’s
Molly MacPherson’s is a bar and grill with three locations in Richmond Hill, Pooler, and Savannah. It has some traditional Scottish dishes as well as American ones. The pub is owned by the MacPherson Clan. Whether it’s haggis or whiskey you’re looking to try, this is the place to go to.
Listen to some Scottish music
Bagpipes were originally developed in the Scottish Highlands and were used in Scotland since 100 AD. They have been apart of Scottish heritage ever since. Savannah has their own pipe band called Savannah Pipes & Drums who perform at many events throughout the year.
Here’s a Spotify playlist to get you started:
~ By: Nancy Smith