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. Events in previous years have included Get a flavour of what Fife has to offer at the Chefs Taster Lunch at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews while On St Andrew's Day itself, top chefs from around the area, have joined forces to offer you a St Andrew's Day dinner like no other.
St Andrew’s Fair Saturday, across Scotland
For the first time ever, Scotland will be celebrating Fair Saturday on the last Saturday of Novemeber with events all over the country. Fair Saturday is a global movement which began in Bilbao, Spain, in 2015. The proceeds will go towards worthy charities and causes which promote fairness and sharing around the world. There are over 70 events to choose from, ranging from dance and theatre to live music, some of which are ticketed, but many are free to attend with a donation.
The Saltire Festival, East Lothian
Costumed warriors © Rob McDougall Photography/The Saltire Festival
The Saltire Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2019. To mark this milestone there will be plenty of exciting new events, alongside tasty treats at a range of food and drink experiences, fantastic live music and plenty of opportunities to delve into the past with history-themed experiences.
Oban Winter Festival
Head to the beautiful town of Oban on Scotland's west coast in 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. Dates for 2019 to be confirmed.
St Andrew's Day in Stornoway
The winter festivities at Stornoway's cultural hub, An Lanntair, will take place from November - January 2020, 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.