Detroit Scots’ Cultural Life

As a member of The St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit, you can participate in Scottish Cultural Activities, such as Robert Burns Night, the Tartan Day Ceilidh, our Annual Highland Games, the St. Andrew’s Day Tartan Ball, our Scholarships Program, Family History Research and the Friendship of Monthly Meetings.

You can also enjoy Scottish Dancers, Bagpipe Bands, Whisky Tasting, Happy Hour and Meat Pie Dinners, and our Lenten Fish Fry Fridays.

Membership meetings are held on the first Monday of the month with the exception of Holidays. Meetings are not held in the months of July and August.

Membership Application

 Robert Burns Night

An annual celebration on or near the Poet’s Birthday, which is January 25th, Scots and Scots-at-heart come together to celebrate the life and works of the most famous of Scots.



2018 Burns Night Flyer

Lenten Fish Fry Friday 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 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Fridays during Lent.

2018 Fish Fry Flyer

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.

The Detroit Scots celebrate Tartan Day annually at their April Membership Meeting.


 St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit Annual Highland Games

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.

Our 169th Highland Games will be held at Historic Greenmead in Livonia, on August 3rd & August 4th, 2018.

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. Andrews Day.  We dress up in our finest and have a wonderful evening of dinning, dancing and entertainment.


2017 Tartan Ball Flyer

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 Ackroyds, a local Scottish Bakery.

Meat Pie Dinner Flyer

 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




Hogmanay is what we Scots call New Year’s Eve on December 31st – the big night that marks the arrival of the new year. Its origins reach back to the celebration of the winter solstice among the Vikings with wild parties in late December.

Perhaps for New Year’s Eve 2018, the Detroit Scots may host a Scottish Hogmanay at our Kilgour Scottish Centre.  Watch for our announcement.