Will there be an A.T.M.?
Yes. There is an ATM located on site at the Caledonia Fairgrounds.
Will there be parking on-site?
Unfortunately there will not be room for public parking on-site. However, there is a large parking lot near the pool, in Edinburgh Square, in the field behind Edinburgh museum and on the sides of the streets all over the area.
Will there be Handicapped Accessible parking?
Yes. We will be using the small portion of parking we have on-site for handi-accessible parking.
Are their washrooms on-site?
There are some permanent washrooms on site, but they are not wheel chair accessible. Extra portable washrooms and washing stations, some of which will be handicap accessible, are being brought in for the festival.
Are outside food and beverage allowed?
Sorry, you’ll have to leave your homemade snacks at home. Have no fears though, there will be lots of food and drinks available from vendors.
Are dogs allowed at the fairgrounds?
Sorry, Scotty Dog will have to stay at home unless he's a service dog.
What happens if it rains? Is there a rain date?
The show must go on! Rain or shine the festival will go ahead as planned. Check the weather and dress accordingly. There will be a number of tents around the festival though, so if there’s a quick shower no need to panic, there will be shelter. Should there be high winds, lightning or thunder the festival and activities will be halted temporarily for safety.
Do I have to be Scottish or Irish to attend?
Of course not! While the Celtic Festival aims to celebrate all that is Celtic, everyone is welcome.
Will there be anywhere to sit?
Picnic tables will be in the beer tent, by the food vendors, and the Children’s Glen. However, all stages and activities are general admission, so it’s BYOLC (Bring Your Own Lawn Chair).
Is Celtic pronounced "Sell-tick" or "Kell-tick"?
Both. Traditionalists will tell you the hard 'k' sound is the only way to go because the Welsh and Irish use the 'c' as a hard 'k' sound. Though that pronunciation is actually believed to have only been adopted in the 20th century. The soft 's' sound isn't necessarily any more right, however. The argument is that in most cases in the English language a 'c' followed by an 'e' produces a soft 's' sound - cereal, cedar, celebrity - and so on. But we all know how reliable and consistent the English language is - throw, beau, go... Continue to pronounce it how you like. Just be ready for a debate.
Can I come in costume?
YES! We can not stress enough how welcome you are to come in costume from a kilt to full Highland Dress.
Do I have to come in costume?
Not at all. If you're more comfortable in shorts and a t-shirt, that's just fine.
Is this going to be an annual event?
We sure hope so!
Will you be selling tickets at the door?
Yes we will. But you can save some money by buying them online now.
I took some great pics and want to share them on Instagram and Facebook. Do you have an official hastag?
We'd love to see you having a kiltastic time! Loop us into the fun by using #CaledoniaCelticFest so we can see you getting your Celtic on.
Was Braveheart a real person?
He sure was. Though his name was Robert the Bruce, not William Wallace as portrayed in the movie. Both William Wallace and Robert the Bruce are credited in leading the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against England, however. The accuracy of the movie is up for debate.
Is Outlander based on a true story?
Um, sadly no. However, a cardboard cut-out of Jamie Fraser has been known to appear at the Fraser Clan Tent. You could keep an eye out for him there.
Is Game of Thrones Celtic?
Not really. George R. R. Martin's literature is purely fantasy. Though it's safe to say it borrows from Celtic lore pretty heavily.