Detroit Scots’ Cultural Life

Lenten Friday Fish Fry Dinners

Try our Beer-battered cod (fried or baked) along with French fries,
and coleslaw. Tea and coffee are also provided.
These popular dinners are open to the public beginning at 4:30 pm until 7:30 pm on Fridays during Lent.

Tartan Day Ceilidh


Tartan Day is a celebration of Scottish heritage on April 6th, the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320.  It originated in Canada in the mid-1980s.  It spread to other communities of the Scottish diaspora in the 1990s.
This Year the Tartan Day Ceilidh is Saturday, August 6th at the Kilgour Scottish Centre!

 St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit Annual Highland Games

Nessie MacMonster and Friends

Since 1849, The St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit has been hosting the longest continuous Scottish Highland Games in North America.  Our games are always held the first Saturday in August, with a traditional Ceilidh on Friday evening, followed by a full day of Scottish activities and entertainment on Saturday.

Our 170th Highland Games will be held at Historic Greenmead in Livonia, on August 2nd and August 3rd, 2019.

Highland Games Website

 St. Andrew’s Day Tartan Ball

St. Andrew’s is the Patron Saint of Scotland and the St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit annually holds a Tartan Ball to celebrate St. Andrew’s Day.  We dress up in our finest and have a wonderful evening of dining, dancing and entertainment.

Happy Hour and Meat Pie Dinners

Held randomly throughout the year, our Happy Hour and Meat Pie Dinners have become a big hit.  Enjoy a relaxing atmosphere at our Kilgour Scottish Centre, with a cash bar stocked with wonderful Scottish Whisky and a fine selection of wines and beers.  The dinner includes a selection of meat pies from Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery, Royal Oak, Michigan.

Halloween Happy Hour & Meat Pie Dinner


 Scottish Whisky Tastings

Two or three times a year, our Single Maltarian, Certified Whisky Ambassador and Bard of the St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit, Elliot MacFarlane, will host a Whisky Tasting at the Kilgour Scottish Centre.

2018 Whisky Tasting Flyer



2018 Scottish North American Leadership Conference

St. Andrew’s Society YouTube Channel (New!)


 Robert Burns Night

Burns Night Header 2019
Robert Burns by Alexander Nasmyth

A spectacular evening celebrating the life and times of Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland.

Well over a hundred well dressed and kilted folks enjoyed an evening of poetry, stories, vocal music, bagpipes, folk music, jokes, and comradery.

Elliot MacFarlane

Guests were greeted by a warm welcome along with a special beverage.  Each table setting included three wee-drams of special, aged Scotches: a 12-year-old Mortlach, a 13-year-old Craigellachie, and a 16-year-old Aberfeldy!

And food!  Scotch eggs with a special slaw and spicy mustard, scones, haggis, salmon, breaded cod, as well as bangers and mash, along with an incredible chocolate pudding/brownie!

Our fabulous bard, Elliot MacFarlane, hosted the event with a plethora of information about Robert Burns, humor, and facts about Scotland.  A special feature of the night was learning how much we didn’t know about Scottish Cattle!

One of the evening’s highlights was the unveiling of the fully restored Robert Hopkin’s painting of Robert Burns. This treasure was saved from the St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit. Bob Giles, among others, has been the champion of this project, working with Chuck Forbes to fund, restore, and deliver this historic piece of art history. This immense painting has finally found a home and a place for people to appreciate it.

Great time had by all!