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ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXVI

The Queen Mary welcomes back the annual ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXVI on February 16-17, 2019.

ScotsFestival & International Highland Games

ScotsFestival at the Queen Mary

Celebrate the Queen Mary’s rich Scottish legacy first hand through a full schedule of authentic Scottish activities. Including, the new North American Professional Highland Games, dancing, entertainment, and cuisine. Plus, tastings all in honor of the Queen Mary’s Scottish heritage.

Construction began on the Queen Mary eighty-eight years ago in the quaint seaside town of Clydebank, Scotland. The craftsmanship of the Queen Mary exemplifies the country’s finest work. Today its heritage is celebrated through the two-day ScotsFestival, honoring true Scottish culture.

ScotsFestival and International Highland Games XXVI welcomes nearly fifty Scottish clans and vendors throughout the festival weekend with professional and amateur competitions in piping, drumming, massed bands, darts, Highland dancing, and the new North American Professional Highland athletics. The Scottish Highland Games, a precursor to today’s Olympic Games, were designed to test the strength, skill and technique of ancient warriors by faceoffs in caber toss, throwing the weight, hammer throw, putting the shot, sheaf toss and more.

What to Expect

Begin your daily festivities at the Queen Mary’s ScotsFestival with the traditional Address to the Haggis at 11 a.m. in the Exhibit Hall where the Queen Mary’s Executive Chef Todd Henderson will cut and serve the Haggis in honor of the customary Scottish cultural celebration. Following the Address to Haggis, at 12 p.m. gather for the exciting Grand Parade of Clans & Bands. Sunday, February 17 at 9:15 a.m., begin the day with the Kirkin, a traditional Scottish non-denominational mass with live piano music and singing.

Whisky Tasting

ScotsFestival offers whisky tastings and seminar sessions with aged malt experts every half hour beginning daily at 10:30 a.m. Grey Friar’s Pub opens on-board the ship beginning Friday, February 15 through Sunday, February 17, from 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. Keep cozy into the wee hours of the night at the pop-up pub with authentic food, a full bar, and an atmosphere plucked straight from the backstreets of Edinburgh.

Saturday, February 16, continue the fun into the night with the Gaelic tradition, Ceilidh. Grab a pint and experience the celebration with games, live music, food, drinks, and dancing at the pub-style deck party. Tickets to the Ceilidh are $10 online, $12 at the door, and the party is open to all ages.

Daily Activities

Highland Games at The Queen Mary

Additional daily activities at the 2019 ScotsFestival include Border Collie Sheep Herding, falconry demonstrations, axe throwing and archery competitions. Guests can also experience traditional entertainment from Scottish Fiddlers of LA, Mayde in Ireland, Sligo Rags, and Highland Way. Dancing competitions, Scottish Reenactors, woodworking demonstrations, and Scottish dancing classes will be taking place daily.

The wee laddies and lassies can bear witness to Queen Mary’s knighting and coronation ceremonies and take part in mini Highland Games including youth competitions in caber toss, archery, potato sack races and tug o’ war.

Ticket Information

Tickets to the 26th Annual ScotsFestival and International Highlands Games are on sale now and start at $25 online (ages 12+) and $12 online (ages 4-11) for one day general admission. VIP tickets start at $45 online and include VIP entry, access to the shaded VIP Lounge, (1) drink ticket, and access to Ceilidh. Upgrades, ticket add-ons, and hotel packages will also be available. Discounts are available to military and seniors. for more details and to purchase tickets online.


Events at The Queen Mary

Enter to win a giveaway for 4 tickets to the ScotsFestival & International Highland Games by leaving a comment below. Plus, earn an extra entry by leaving a comment on our Facebook post, sharing with a friend, and tagging your friends. We will pick one random winner from the comments on February 5th. Good luck!

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  1. I think my kids would love to see the Scot Festival and all their traditions!!

  2. My Mom has always wanted to go to this! We are Scottish so this would be amazing! I would definitely take her if I won tickets!!!!

  3. It would be awesome to experience this for the first time.

  4. My family would love to go.

  5. My mom and gramma are from Scotland, I love everthing Scottish!! My Aunt, Uncle and cousin actually came to the US on Queen Mary. I would love to attend the games……

  6. This looks like so much fun at Queen Mary

  7. Would love to take my kiddos on a new adventure!! To experience a different culture would be amazing!!

  8. This sounds so fun!

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