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29th November 2016 | Regional News

Celebrate St Andrew’s Day In Style

The 30th of November marks St Andrew’s Day, Scotland’s national day to commemorate their patron saint. The national holiday celebrates Scottish culture with plenty of local cuisine, music and dance.

The day is traditionally the feast day of St Andrew. He was first made the official patron saint of Scotland at the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320. He is thought to have been crucified to an X shaped cross in Greece by the Romans on the 30th of November 60AD, which is why Scots celebrate his life on this day. His crucifixion is also represented by the white cross on the Scottish flag, the Saltire.

For those who are holidaying in Scotland around St Andrew’s Day, we’ve handpicked some of the best events in the country, so you can join in on the celebrations too.

Illumination: Harbour Festival of Light, Ayrshire

The Scottish Maritime Museum in North Ayrshire is launching the country’s newest art and light spectacular which will see Irvine’s waterfront shimmer to life. illumination: Harbour Festival of Light will take place over four days, from the 30th November to the 3rd December from 4pm until 10pm.


Image sourced from Aether & Hemera

The launch night fireworks will mark St Andrews Day – and are designed to celebrate Scotland’s history, culture and heritage. There’ll also be a free water themed sculpture trail, breath taking aerial acrobatic performances within the museum, and a community lantern parade over the course of the festival. So why not head down on the opening night to celebrate St Andrew’s Day in style?

St Andrew’s Day Festival, Perth

This year, Perth’s St Andrew’s Day festival will be full of live music and great Scottish food in Perth City Centre on Sunday 27th of November. Starting at 10:25am with a civic parade led by the Perth & District Pipe Band, the event will begin at midday, with live music and comedy all afternoon.

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Image sourced from Rich Gray

The line up includes Mad Ferret, Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Reely Jiggered, Dougie Maclean, and stand-up comedian Fred MacAulay, so you’re in for a full day of Scottish entertainment. There’ll also be plenty of food and drink on offer bursting with the flavours of Perthshire, such as fruit wines, Loch Fyne oysters, quality Scottish meats, and whisky from Glenturret Distillery. Just an hour away from Tummel Valley Holiday Park, this event is not to be missed.

The Saltire Festival, East Lothian

The Saltire Festival takes place all over East Lothian from the 24th to the 30th of November. There’ll be many exciting events taking place throughout the county, bringing people together from all over the world to celebrate Scotland’s great heritage and culture.

From a day at the races, to food and drink events, and plenty of live music, there’ll be endless amounts of amazing events to choose from. Key East Lothian landmarks and venues will be lit up blue for the #SaltireBlue tour, including the maquette of the Kelpies and Musselburgh Racecourse.

Video sourced from VisitEastLothian

If you know of any more fantastic St Andrew’s Day events this year, we’d love to hear about them on our Facebook page.

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