Portland Highland Games Association

For more than 60 years, the Portland Highland Games Association has organized the annual Portland Highland Games. It is through our members that we maintain Scottish Highland traditions in the Northwest. We’re a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Note that the Games is a competitive event in the Highland tradition and not a reenactment. Participants are professional and amateur athletes, musicians and dancers and working dogs committed to keeping the Games alive by sharing a piece of Scotland with the community.

Board of Trustees

Executive Committee

  • Will Beattie (President)
  • David Day (VP Administration)
  • Maggie MacKenzie (VP of Marketing and Communications)
  • Ann Johnson (VP of Competition)
  • Robert D’Hondt (VP of Operations)
  • Andrew MacMillan (VP of Finance)
  • Laura Leineweber (Corporate Secretary)


  • Marianna MacKenzie Day
  • Eila Chisholm
  • David Day
  • Chris Grewe
  • Shona MacKenzie
  • John R. Osburn
  • Terese Scollard
  • Deirdre Wright
  • Audrey Marconi
  • Douglas Lane
  • Ross MacKae
  • Gene Hall

Our Sponsors

Each year, local and regional companies and organization show their support for the Portland Highland Games by becoming official sponors of the Games. We are now in the process of searching for sponsors for the upcoming highland Games. Sponsors are critical to the success of the continuation of the annual presentation of the Games.

History of the Games

The Portland Highland Games Association was established in 1960 to help promote and keep the Highland Games alive in Portland. The first Oregon Scottish Games was held in 1952, sponsored by Sir James McDonald, British Consul. Due to the first Games’ popularity, it was repeated the following year.

The Games’ first membership chairman and program, which listed sponsoring members’ names came in 1970. This reflected both the stability and growth of the organization. The 70’s also brought the establishment of the current traditions to recognize extensive past meritorious service on the part of volunteers. In 1972 Annie Munro was chosen as the Games’ first official Guest of the Day, followed the next year by Duncan MacKenzie.

Under the leadership of Association President Robert A. Johnson, Sir James McDonald was chosen as the Games’ first official Chieftain of the Day. This Tradition established in 1976 continues today.

In 1978 fresh ideas were explored, and these focused on enhancing spectator interest. This was the first Games in which a clan tent made its appearance. Col. John McNeil introduced a Clan McNeil tent, and a Clan Donald tent was also set up.

The Portland Games hosted the U.S. Inter-regional (Highland) Dancing Championships in 1982, 1987, and for a third time in 1999. These were held on the Sunday following the Games. In 1988, the Games moved to its present site at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, OR.

Our goal will always be to bring Portland the finest Scottish Highland Games possible. Loosely based upon the founding statement of the St. Andrew’s Society, a similar goal of our Games could well be stated: “to preserve the memories of our Scottish inheritance while serving our American community.”

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