Gosford Scottish Country Dancers


Scottish country dancing is social dancing. It is usually danced in groups of two, three or four couples, facing each other in lines or squares. It has its roots in the Highland Reels of Scotland and the 17th century dances of Europe. Together with its English counterpart, Scottish country dance has helped to spawn ceilidh dancing, contra and square dancing.

Quick-time jigs and reels will be familiar to many people. These dances involve a light skipping step, where the dancers move through a series of "figures" - Crossing, circling, reeling and turning in a pattern variously involving the "dancing couple" or their set. Unique to Scottish dance is the Strathspey - a slow reel which uses an elegant style of step. Scottish country dancing can vary from the energetic to the flirtatious.

Scottish country dance is more than "country" dancing. It is a dance for the ballroom, dance hall, village square or local inn. It has been popular amongst gentry, royalty and the common folk for well over 200 years. In Australia we dance in schools and church halls, clubs and pubs, as well as each other's back yards and lounge rooms.

The Gosford Scottish Country Dancers will be performing throughout the day. However, the best way to picture it is, of course, in the flesh. So make sure you come along and join in one of the many workshops at the Central Coast Scottish Spectacular

Highland Muscle was established in 2009 by brothers Rob and Lee Mitchell and in 2011 Stephen Henry also became a partner and is an integral part of the team. The team at Highland Muscle have a love for all thing Scottish, especially heavy events and we are excited to have them compete at the inaugural Central Coast Scottish Spectacular. The athletes love interacting with the crowd, so make sure you come down and cheer them on, or try out one of the implements for yourself.

  • Weight over the bar, is a 56lbs (25kg) weight to be thrown overhead to a height with one arm. Women throw 26lbs.
  • Weight for distance, is the 56lbs weight thrown one handed inside an area with a trig.
  • Light weight for distance
  • Caber toss which is always the crowd favourite. The athlete must turn the caber 180 degrees trying to have the end land as close as possible to 12 o’clock.
  • Keg toss isn’t a traditional event but it's exciting all the same. The athletes have to throw 5 empty beer kegs over a 3.6 m high bar as fast as possible. Fastest time wins.
  • Stone lifting, this has been a part of Scottish history for as far back as the Celts and Jacobites, it's said that some of the clans used certain stones to be lifted as a passage way of a boy becoming a man.

Kilted Dash

Get your kilt on and run for the chance to win $100!

The Open Men's and Women's Kilted Dash races are open to anyone aged 16+ who is wearing a kilt. First place in both races will be awarded a $100 prize.

Entry is by gold coin donation.

Junior Kilted Dash races may also be held for non cash prizes.

Clan Alley

Come along to the Central Coast Scottish Spectacular and find out more about your heritage. Representatives of Scottish clans and societies will be in attendance and would love to have a chat with you about your ancestors, and all things Scottish.

Clan representatives, book your spot by filling out the application form at this link to let us know your clan is coming.

The Scottish Spectacular is the perfect opportunity to share with others your knowledge and love of Scotland's amazing history, as well as its culture both past and present.

From Clan Armstrong through to Clan Young we hope we will see all of you. Come together, meet old friends and make new ones.