Part of the particular appeal of the Ball is that everyone attending is wearing traditional formal evening dress. The dress requirements are stated below in summary and in detail. Please note that those not correctly dressed will be refused entry.


Please note that gentleman taking part in the set reels must wear highland evening dress or mess kit, tail coats only if part of mess dress, and ladies must wear clan sashes.

If you are unsure about any aspect of the dress code, please contact the Ball Secretary.


Highland evening dress comprising kilt and sporran, evening jacket of black broadcloth or coloured velvet, white evening shirt and black bow tie or lace jabot, or

Evening dress, comprising black evening tail coat, white shirt with wing collar, white bow tie and white waistcoat, or

Mess dress, worn according to regulations, with, preferably, where permitted, any more formal variation such as stiff shirt, wing collar and black bow tie.

No dinner jackets or trews. Jackets must be kept on while on the dance floor.

Optional, but encouraged:

Orders and Decorations



Floor length evening dress (N.B.: skirts should reach below the ankle; no high-low hems, bare midriffs or slits above the knee), or

Mess dress, worn according to regulations, with full length skirt.

Optional, but encouraged:
Clan tartan sashes
Orders and Decorations