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 and enjoy chef demonstrations and drink tastings during the Demo and Dine weekend. On St Andrew's Day itself, six top chefs from around the area will join forces to offer you a St Andrew's Day dinner like no other.
The Saltire Festival, East Lothian
Costumed warriors © Rob McDougall Photography/The Saltire Festival
The Saltire Festival takes place from 24 - 30 November and features a great selection of events throughout East Lothian. Have a day at the races and don your best gear (but be sure to include a Scottish twist and wrap up warm!), sample tasty treats at a range of food and drink events, listen to live music and delve into the past at historical experiences. Make sure to look out for key East Lothian landmarks and venues lit up blue for the #SaltireBlue Tour, including the maquettes of The Kelpies by Andy Scott at Musselburgh Racecourse.
St Andrew's Day in Edinburgh
Light in the Dark © Maria Falconer/Scottish Storytelling Centre
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 29 November, which will feature traditional songs, music, poems and stories, and Light In The Dark on 30 November, which will celebrate Scotland's multiculturalism through stories, music and dance.
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, including one-off film screenings and special events at The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Kelvingrove Park and the Riverside Museum, and sample delicious food and drink from some of the region's finest producers. See Scotland represented on the silver screen at the Mackintosh Queens Cross Church at Hollywood Dreams of Scotland, organised by the Glasgow Film Festival.
Some of the great events to look forward to in Glasgow include Night at the Hunterian Museum on 25 November, which commemorates the centenary of the famous Erskine Hospital and it's role during the First World War, and the St Andrew's Day Torchlight Parade in Glasgow's west end on 26 November. For plenty of family fun with a winter wonderland twist, take part in the Milngavie St Andrew's Festival on 3 December.
St Andrew's Day Fusion Festival, Dundee
On Saturday 26 November the St Andrew's Day Fusion Festival in Dundee will link Scotland's communities by fusing together different styles of music and dance. The packed programme will include a ceilidh band, piper, Bollywood dancing, sitar and African drumming and special workshops in the Marryat Hall, highlighting many of the different groups and cultures that make up modern day Scotland.
illumination: Harbour Festival of Light, Irvine
illumination Trail - sculpted blue boats created by international light artists Aether & Hemera © Sean Deckert and Philip Vile
Launching this St Andrew's Day, Irvine's art and light winter spectacular, illumination: Harbour Festival of Light, will run from 30 November - 3 December. Head along to the historic waterfront and the Scottish Maritime Museum to see them illuminated against the dark night sky. 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 18 - 27 November to enjoy a huge range of fun events at the Oban Winter Festival, including traditional ceilidhs, whisky tastings, street performances, a parade and vivid light projections onto historic McCaig's Tower.
Historic Scotland's Free Tickets Giveaway
Celebrate Scotland's national day by visiting some of the most fascinating historic places - without spending a penny! Take advantage of Historic Scotland's free ticket giveaway and get entry into incredible castles, abbeys, mills, military strongholds and more over the weekend of 26 and 27 November.
More ticket offers!
Take advantage of 2-for-1 tickets and kids go free offers at some wonderful attractions across Scotland on and around this St Andrews Day. You could be spotting some of Scotland's enchanting fauna at RSPB nature reserves, exploring ancient battlefields, discovering whisky making secrets at distilleries, getting spooked on ghost tours and much, much more!