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SCOTSFESTIVAL & International Highland Games XXIII

FEB 13-14, 2016 | 9AM-6PM


The Queen Mary is pleased to welcome back the annual ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXIII February 13-14 from 9AM-6PM. Experience the rich culture and history of Scotland first hand through an array of authentic activities, athletics, dancing, entertainment and cuisine in ode to the Queen Mary’s Scottish legacy.  

Eighty-six 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 honors nearly fifty Scottish clans & vendors throughout the weekend with professional and amateur competitions in piping, drumming, massed bands, darts, Highland dancing, and Highland athletics. The Scottish Highland Games, a pre-cursor to today’s Olympic Games, were designed to test the strength, skill and technique of ancient warriors by face offs.

Whisky tasting sessions with aged malt experts and craft beer samplings are available for adult festivalgoers while the wee laddies & lassies can bear witness to Queen Mary’s coronation, knighting ceremonies and even take part in the Wee Highland games.


Test your skills, technique and strength at this year's ScotsFestival and International Highland Games XXIII. See all competitions and register! CLICK HERE

Highland Games & Kid Activities

For centuries, Scots have been honoring the ancient Celtic tradition and been competing in Scottish Highland Games - tests of physical strength, skill and technique...SCOTTISH SPORTS

Rock Yer Kilt

Rock Yer Kilt kicks off ScotsFestival on Saturday, Feb. 13, highlighting the best Scottish Rock bands this side of the pond featuring Wicked Tinkers...ROCK OUT!


A variety of traditional Scottish dances, including the Highland Fling, the Sword Dance and even the Scottish Lilt, Drums, and one of the most popular competitions - the Pipe Bands...MUSIC AND DANCING


Celebrate Scotland’s best-loved bard, Robert Burns, with a traditional Burns Supper including haggis, whisky, traditional Scottish music and dancing...SCOTSFESTIVAL CUSINE


General Admission: $19 Online Advance/$22 Day-Of and On-Site 
Includes one-day general admission to ScotsFestival with access to the ship.

General Admission Child (4-11): $10 Online Advance/$13 Day-Of and On-Site  
Includes one-day general admission to ScotsFestival with access to the ship PLUS Kids Heritage Quest activity Card. 

VIP Admission (Adult and Child): $27 Online Advance/$33 Day-Of and On-Site 
Includes one-day  admission to ScotsFestival with access to the ship, access to the VIP shaded bar and lounge and two (2) complimentary beverages.

Valentine’s Day Burns Supper ($99 Online Advance/$125 Day-of and On-Site) - Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a nod to Scotland’s best-loved bard, Robert Burns. Queen Mary’s Burns Supper is an abridged guided evening of the finest pomp – from the piping in of the haggis to a delicious four-course supper. Enjoy a complimentary scotch, traditional music and the very best of Scotland’s larder to celebrate the man, the poems and the beloved haggis. Includes complimentary admission to Rock Yer Kilt!

Rock Yer Kilt - ScotsFestival Concert ($15 Online Advance/$20 Day-of and On-Site) - Jump aboard and tilt yer Kilt to a muckle o’ the best Scottish, Gaelic and Celtic bands this side of the pond at the official after-party for Queen Mary's ScotsFestival.


Tasting ticket does not include ScotsFestival event admission (required for access and sold separately). Must be 21+ with a valid government-issued photo ID at time of entry.

Whisky Tastings ($18 Per Person Online Pre-Sale) -
 Buy online or miss out! Tastings SELL OUT EVERY YEAR!
Saturday - 11:30AM, 1:30PM, 3:30PM, 5:30PM, 7:30PM, 9:30PM
Sunday - 11:30AM, 1:30PM, 3:30PM, 5:30PM 

Craft Beer Tastings ($12 Per Person Online Pre-Sale) - Buy online or miss out! Tastings SELL OUT EVERY YEAR!
Saturday - 10:00am, 12:30PM, 2:30PM, 4:30PM, 6:30PM, 8:30PM
Sunday - 10:00am, 12:30PM, 2:30PM, 4:30PM

Barrel Room Tasting Flight ($15 Per Person Online Pre-Sale
Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon or Scotch? Bourbon is Whiskey, Scotch is Whisky, but not all Whiskey is Bourbon nor Whisky, Scotch. Confused? The Barrel Room Flight serves up the answers with four half-ounce samples of each Kentucky Bourbon, Tennessee Whiskey, Scotch Whisky and Irish Whiskey.
Saturday and Sunday - Open from 10:00AM to 5:00PM 

Barrel Room Reserve Scotch Flight ($18 Per Person Online Pre-Sale)
The Reserve Scotch Flight serves four half ounce pours of various aged and distilled Scotch whisky. 
Saturday and Sunday - Open from 10:00AM to 5:00PM 

Celtic Cabins ($125/day) SOLD OUT!

Gather your personal clan in a private Celtic Cabana for the day. Kick up your kilt in the center of the action in your own lounge with cocktail table service. To book or for more information, contact

 UPDATE 2/11/16: Celtic Cabanas f are SOLD OUT! 


NIGHTLY PACKAGE - Package includes a stateroom aboard the World Famous Queen Mary and two VIP single-day passes to ScotsFestival. PLEASE NOTE: Package does not include food and beverage.

Tours and Attractions

Please note: The following Queen Mary tours and attractions will be CLOSED during ScotsFestival: Self-Guided Audio Tour, Ghosts & Legends Show, The Glory Days: A History Tour, Captain’s Demonstrations and no Engine Room access. However, these tours and attractions will run during their normal hours: Haunted Encounters, Diana: Legacy of a Princess Diana Exhibit, Twilight History Tour, Shipwalk Tour, Dining with the Spirits, and our Paranormal Investigations. See the Tour Center on the Promenade Deck to buy tickets and for more information.