Celebrating is what we do really well in Scotland, and if there is one day of the year where you’ll hear a lot of noise from us, it’s St Andrew’s Day (30 November) when Scots and Scots-at-heart celebrate the patron saint of Scotland and our national day with a holiday and fantastic events, which showcase the very best of Scottish culture.
Enjoy a lively programme of events and festivals happening towards the end of November, featuring uniquely Scottish line-ups of music, dance, food and drink.
So how do we get the party started, you might ask? Well, here's a rundown of some of the most exciting celebrations on the calendar:
November in St Andrews
Held in and around the Fife town that bears our patron saint's name, Savour St Andrews offers a range of innovative food and drink events throughout November. Get a flavour of what Fife has to offer at the Chefs Taster Lunch on Sunday 5 November at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews. On St Andrew's Day itself, top chefs from around the area will join forces to offer you a St Andrew's Day dinner like no other.
On 2 December, the town will celebrate with a special event, St Andrews Day: At the Ends of the Earth, which will feature an outdoor ceilidh, lantern procession and a dramatic fireworks display down by the town's ancient harbour.
The Saltire Festival, East Lothian
Costumed warriors © Rob McDougall Photography/The Saltire Festival
The Saltire Festival takes place from 30 November - 3 December and features a great selection of events throughout East Lothian. There are lots of exciting new events for 2017, including Saltire After Dark - which includes a 10K night run, a nocturnal ultra at Foxlake Adventures and Twilight Golf, where you'll have the chance to tee off at Musselburgh's oldest course in the dark with glowing LED balls. Sample tasty treats at a range of food and drink events, listen to live music and delve into the past at historical experiences.
St Andrew's Day in Edinburgh
Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Celebrate our national day in Scotland's capital, where you'll find storytelling events and traditional music, as well as food and drink markets offering street food, sweet treats and seasonal crafts from local makers. The Scottish Storytelling Centre will also host two fantastic Winter Warmer events to mark St Andrew's Day. Look out for the Café Ceilidh: St. Andrew's Day Celebration on 28 November, which will feature traditional songs, music, poems and stories, and Fisherman's Feast, Sailor's Rest on 30 November, where you can enjoy one of Scotland's favourite dishes - fish and chips - whilst listening to songs and stories from across the land.
St Andrew's Day in Glasgow
Night at the Museum © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow
Delve into a vivid programme of events in the great city of Glasgow, and while you're visiting, don't forget to sample delicious food and drink from some of the region's finest producers.
Some of the great events to look forward to in Glasgow include Night at the Museum: Fantasy Scotland at the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery on Friday 24 November, which will explore some of Scotland's forgotten histories and heritage through literature, film and TV, and the St Andrew's Day Torchlight Parade in Glasgow's West End on 30 November.
illumination: Harbour Festival of Light, Irvine
illumination Trail - sculpted blue boats created by international light artists Aether & Hemera © Sean Deckert and Philip Vile
Irvine's art and light winter spectacular, illumination: Harbour Festival of Light, will return for its second year from 30 November - 3 December. Head along to the historic waterfront and the Scottish Maritime Museum and see it as you never have before. On St Andrew's Day, you can enjoy free events including a spectacular firework display (which will light up the night sky with a saltire above Irvine Harbour) and a free water-themed sculpture trail by international light artists Aether & Hemera. For a truly memorable afternoon or night out, make sure to scoop up tickets to see the breathtaking aerial acrobatics and extraordinary light show at the Scottish Maritime Museum's iconic Linthouse too.
Oban Winter Festival
Head to the beautiful town of Oban on Scotland's west coast from 17 - 26 November to enjoy a huge range of fun events at the Oban Winter Festival, including traditional ceilidhs, whisky tastings, foodie markets, and a reindeer parade.
St Andrew's Day in Stornoway
The winter festivities at Stornoway's cultural hub, An Lanntair, will take place from 27 November - 27 January 2018, starting off with an action-packed week of St Andrew's Day fun, including cinema, food and drink taster sessions, a quiz night and, of course, the best contemporary and traditional music.
Historic Environment Scotland's free ticket giveaway
Celebrate Scotland's national day by visiting some of the most fascinating historic places - without spending a penny! Take advantage of Historic Environment Scotland's free ticket giveaway and get entry into incredible castles, abbeys, mills, military strongholds and more over the weekend of 25 - 26 November.