A town-wide celebration of Scottish heritage and Outlander fun

October 11-13, 2019 — Hillsborough, NC


Let’s Celebrate

The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough and Ayr Mount Historic Site in collaboration with the Hillsborough Tourism Board present Outlandish Hillsborough, a weekend of activities centered around Scottish heritage, culture and the wildly popular Outlander series. Walking tours, movie night, Scottish & Colonial food tastings, Scottish Connection Exhibit, historic programs and lively discussions will abound throughout Hillsborough. Local merchants, artists, restaurants, bars, businesses, and historic sites will participate.

A two-day Fèis will take place on the beautiful grounds at Ayr Mount, an 1815 house built by Ayr, Scotland native William Kirkland, and will highlight Scottish life through music, dancing, activities for adults, demonstrations, reenactments, a wee bairns area, food trucks, and a marketplace.



Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Hillsborough may be a small town but it is BIG on history

Lang may yer lum reek! – Live long & stay well.


Kilts swinging, Pipers piping, Drummers drumming, Dancers dancing and a whole lot more.

Gie it laldy. – Do something with gusto.


Visit art galleries, hand-crafted jewelry and craft shops, award winning restaurants and bars

Pure barry. -- Generally utterly wonderful and fantastic.


Could it be the history, time travel, scenery of Scotland, the costumes, or the love story . . . or is it all those and more!

Aye, I dinna ken but it is amazing.


Ceud Mìle Fàilte

A Hundred Thousand Welcomes


Hillsborough History

In 1700, English explorer John Lawson ventured into the North Carolina backcountry, exploring what is now Orange, Wake, and Durham Counties. At that time, the region was home to the Occaneechi, Eno and Haw tribes. These tribes are estimated to have lived in the Central Piedmont of North Carolina between 1000 A.D. and 1710 A.D. and traded with other regional tribes as far as present day Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia along the Great Indian Trading Path. European diseases heavily impacted the tribes living in this area. By the 1740s, they left the region and joined the Iroquois in Virginia. Lawson’s explorations opened the area to English settlement in the Carolina Piedmont. By the mid 1700s, English, Scotch-Irish, German and Welsh settlers moved to the area to work the land as farmers, growing corn, wheat and tobacco, as well as raising livestock. Because of this influx of settlers to the area, the town of Hillsborough was established in 1754 by William Churton, due to its location along the Eno River and Great Indian Trading Path. Hillsborough was named in 1766 after the Earl of Hillsborough, who was the British Secretary of State for the colonies. North Carolina’s original British ties are still seen in some of the names around town: Tryon, Wake, King, Queen and Churton.


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