Events for St Andrew's Day 2011

Events for St Andrew's Day 2011

Live music, ceilidhs, free and discounted entry to nation’s key landmarks

Visit for free

As part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals, the weekend before St Andrew’s Day will be enhanced with money-off deals for some of the nation’s key landmarks. You can get cheap or free entry to Glasgow Science Centre (check out the intriguingly named ‘Science in a Sporran’ event) and the Castle, Camera Obscura, Scotch Whisky Experience, Surgeons’ Hall Museum, Royal Botanic Gardens, Dungeon, Usher Hall and National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh (26–27 Nov, times, prices and restrictions vary.

Ceilidhs and Parties

Glasgow is hosting five days of celebrations at George Square (26–30 Nov, prices and times vary. See, starting off with the Shindig (26–27 Nov, free). The family-friendly ceilidh will also have an ice rink and a storytelling zone, plus a projection of a saltire onto the City Chambers.

Round the corner at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, The Royal Scottish National Opera present A St Andrew’s Day Party with Phil and Aly (26 Nov, £12.50–£34, 7.30pm), a traditional musical event with help from the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. For smaller folks, there’s the St Andrew’s Day Baby Ceilidh at Paisley Museum and Art Gallery (30 Nov, £2 per adult, 11am) welcoming toddlers and their family members who want to celebrate the national saint.

Edinburgh University Student Association is doing a double celebration in both The Venue and Teviot Row unions, including traditional grubbings and ceilidh activities (30 Nov, £5–£6, 8pm). The National Museum of Scotland will be hosting Live Music Now, with Michael Haywood and Laura Grim performing (26 Nov, free, 3.15pm).

Other Events

Outside the cities, The Saltire 2011 is a five day festival in East Lothian (25–30 Nov, times and prices vary, see, kicking off with a themed raced day at Musselburgh before a special Haddington Farmers’ Market (26 Nov) and a concert at St Andrew’s High Church (30 Nov). Edinburgh Castle will host the city’s official celebrations, with two days of fire and frost themed events (26–27 Nov, free, 11am). Elsewhere in Edinburgh, St Giles’ Cathedral will open its doors for a long evening of music and lighting (29 Nov, £3, 8pm). The 26 Treasures Project 2011 (30 Nov, free, 10am) also launches its Scottish leg on St Andrew’s Day, in which 26 writers have written about objects from the National Museum of Scotland with the results on display in the galleries until Burns Night.

Jimmie Macgregor's Gathering

As part of the legendary duo with Robin Hall, Jimmie Macgregor appeared every weeknight on the BBC's Tonight show for over ten years, and also hosted Hullaballoo and The White Heather Club with a night of 'songs, stories and famous folk'.

Ceilidh Minogue

Prepare to strip the willow and dash like a sergeant with Ceilidh Minogue.

St Andrew’s Day Lecture – Knife Men: The Scottish Anatomists

Hear the tales of Scotland's anatomists, featuring bitter rivalries and the illegal trade of body parts. Part of previously … Scotland's History Festival. Booking is essential.

St Andrew's Eve at St Giles

For one long evening, St Giles opens its doors with music and lighting creating a tranquil atmosphere. Part of previously … Scotland's History Festival.

St Andrew's Day Visit for Free

A number of attractions around the country open their doors for free in celebration of our national saint, with many special attractions and offers into the bargain. See below each attraction for details of their ticket offer; in addition to those specified below, a number of swimming pools and leisure centres across the…

Glasgow Loves St Andrew's Day

Glasgow once again gets down for Saint Andrew, with ceilidhs, kids' shows, storytelling sessions and film screenings.

The Saltire Festival

A festival of music, culture and heritage. East Lothian is the birthplace of the Scottish Flag and The Saltire Festival celebrates this fact alongside St Andrew's Day.

Historic Scotland St Andrew's Day Visit For Free

Over 40 Historic Scotland attractions open to the public for free to celebrate St Andrew's Day – all you have to do is register in advance online for a free weekend pass, which will entitle you to entry to as many of the venues as you can get around! Last entry at 4pm unless otherwise stated.

Saltire Raceday

Competitors from all over the country head to Musselburgh to be in with a chance of winning over £40,000 of prize money.

The Saltire 2011 Haddington Farmers' Market

Stock up for a St Andrew's Day feast with local producers, and taste a free sample of a Scots classic, Cullen Skink. Entertainment provided by Haddington Pipe Band. Part of The Saltire 2011.

Home of the Flag Celebrations

A St Andrew's Day church service is followed by the symbolic handing over of the flag to the people, after which it is paraded through the village.