July 2, 2018 - Vista, CA.
Each year, thousands attend the San Diego Scottish Highland Games, each year in Vista, California. This was their 46th year. So visitors know what to expect, Heavy Games, music, sheepdogs, whiskey, and kilts. Men in kilts, women in kilts, and kids in kilts. They knew what to expect, then the Vikings arrived
The Norsemen and Scots have a deep shared kinship and heritage.
Scandinavian Scotland refers to the period from the 8th to the 15th centuries during which Norwegian Vikings and Norse settlers and ruled much of Scotland. From the Shetland Islands, the Orkneys, The Highlands, and the Hebrides as far as the Isle of Man.
We were more than warmly received and provided something new or fresh for the Highland Games. We were permitted to march in the parade of clans and really could have had fun with this had more Vikings showed up. We also paraded in front of the reviewing stand (main stage) and a large audience during the opening ceremonies pass and review. Would love to do a shield wall as we are announced, then a short berserker charge to the spot where we turn and salute the Games' Chieftan. with a fine intro from the MC as we proceeded past the reviewing stand and audience. I think we are more than invited back, we are expected back and to be even better next year
Many of our Vikings are proud of the Scottish Clan heritage. We are fortunate that the San Diego Scottish Highland Games' home, Brengle Terrace Park is only a mile from our Vista Viking Festival territories. Giving us the opportunity to share our enthusiasm.
Are you a Scandinavian-Scot? If your Clan is from the Highland or the Isles, you're probably a Viking, Check us out at FB/Norse of Scotland.