The weekend of February 16-17, the Queen Mary will host the annual ScotsFestival and International Highland Games XXVI. Families will have the opportunity to 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, cuisine and tastings all in honor of the Queen Mary’s Scottish heritage.
Eighty-eight years ago, in the quaint seaside town of Clydebank, Scotland, construction began on the Queen Mary. Exemplifying the finest craftsmanship of the country, the Queen Mary’s legacy is undeniable and today the ship’s heritage is celebrated through the two-day ScotsFestival honoring 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 face-offs in caber toss, throwing the weight, hammer throw, putting the shot, sheaf toss and more.
On Saturday, the day starts off 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. Other festivities include:
- Whiskey Tastings
- Seminars on Aged Malts
- Gaelic tradition, Ceilidh
- Border Collie Sheep Herding
- Falconry Demonstrations
- Axe throwing
- Archery competitions
- Live Entertainment
- Dancing competitions
- Scottish Reenactors
- Woodworking Demonstrations
- Scottish dancing classes
There are even activities for the kids including:
- Caber Toss
- Potato Sack Races
- Tug o’ war
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. Visit queenmary.com for more details and to purchase tickets online.
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