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Scottish Clan Interactive Map

At Lochcarron, they’ve created an interactive map that displays the ancestral lands of Scottish clans. The map allows users to hover over each clan name and discover the clan history, motto, and tartan specific to this clan: Scottish Clan Interactive Map

Celtic Shows at The Barns at Wolf Trap

Celtic Fiddle Festival – October 6
“Three of the finest folk violinists anywhere” (The Washington Post) showcase a fascinating combination of international and individual fiddling styles, creating a perfect storm of the finest Celtic music your ears will ever encounter.

Alan Doyle & the Beautiful Gypsies – October 27
As lead singer and guitarist for Canadian folk rock group Great Big Sea, Alan Doyle created a specific sound that borrowed from Celtic traditions, rock, and traditional sea shanties that established a massive following. With Great Big Sea now officially retired, Doyle has continued this tradition on his own.

Enter the Haggis – November 3
Delighting with memorable Celtic folk-rock performances, inspired songwriting, and musical proficiency, “no one can anticipate the level of energy with which ETH throws down” (The Washington Post).

Cherish the Ladies – February 14 & 15, 2017
For over 30 years, this Grammy-nominated, Irish-American group has blended masterful music, beautiful vocals, and stunning step dancing for an “astonishing array of virtuosity” (The Washington Post).

Solas – February 16 & 17, 2017
Celebrating 20 years, “the finest Celtic ensemble this country has ever produced” (The Boston Globe) lights up The Barns with its melodic beacon of Irish music.

About Highland Dancing

Content provided courtesy of FUSTA

Scottish Highland Dancing is a celebration of the Scottish spirit. The dances are a spectacular combination of strength, agility, movement, music, and costume. Unlike other dance mediums, Highland dances are generally danced solo and in competition. Dancers typically dance to traditional Scottish music such as Strathspeys, Reels, Hornpipes and Jigs all played by an accompanying bagpiper. The dances are made up of different parts, called steps and there are usually four or six steps to a dance. The dances are great fun and anyone, not just those with a Scottish heritage, who thrills to the sound of the bagpipe can join in and learn the dances. Go to to learn more.