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Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games

4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville, NC
Category: Recreation
Award: Best Place to See Men in Skirts
Year Won: 2015
Pick: Editor's Pick

This gathering, held April 18-19 this year, showcases kilted fellas dancing, playing the bagpipes, throwing stones, and wielding battle axes. If they’re “going regimental” in true Scottish style, you might want to divert the kids’ attention when skirts go flying. Remember the pre-battle taunt in Braveheart? Pipe bands, Highland games, and historic encampments draw up to 12,000 enthusiasts during the weekend event, held on a former Davidson family farm that’s now owned by the county.