Best St Andrew's Day events around Scotland in 2017

Best St Andrew's Day events around Scotland in 2017

St Andrew's Day: At the Ends of the Earth

Live music, ceilidhs, parades and more to celebrate Scottish heritage on and around 30 Nov

It's that time of year again, when all the saltires come out and everyone suddenly remembers that they do indeed own some form of tartan. Whether you're wanting to go all out and ceilidh the night away or just fancy raising a glass to our patron saint, there are many events around the country that you can take advantage of. Here, we've picked some highlights to help you celebrate Scotland's national day in style.

An Lanntair's Scottish Winter Festivals
As part of their winter festivities, An Lanntair have got plenty planned for St Andrew's Day including screenings of Scottish films, a Scotland-themed quiz and trad music session, a collection for Eilean Siar Foodbank and a concert by Blue Rose Code.
An Lanntair, Isle of Lewis, Mon 27 Nov–Sat 2 Dec, prices vary.

Cafe Ceilidh: St Andrew's Day Celebration
Why not celebrate our patron saint by partaking in some traditional songs, stories and poems at Cafe Ceilidh? Join the Scots Music Group and members of Linten Adie for an informal Scots music session where you can listen or bring a tune for a turn.
Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, Tue 28 Nov, free.

St Andrew's Day Distillery Dinner
Get treated to a traditional haggis address and three course dinner courtesy of Lindores Abbey, with a rousing welcome from piper Euan Anderson and after-dinner music provided by the Pentlands Ceilidh Band.
Lindores Abbey Distillery, Newburgh, Thu 30 Nov, £50.

The Saltire Festival
Taking place in East Lothian, the Saltire Festival is a four-day celebration, kicking off with a themed race day at Musselburgh (Thu 30 Nov), followed by a 10K night run (Fri 1 Dec), Twilight Golf at Longniddry Golf Club (Sat 2 Dec) and music from the likes of Breabach (Thu 30 Nov), Skerryvore (Fri 1 Dec) and Eddi Reader (Sat 2 Dec).
Various venues around East Lothian, Thu 30 Nov–Sun 3 Dec, prices vary.

Illumination: Harbour Festival of Light
A spectacular festival of art and light that includes a lantern parade, light trail across Irvine Harbourside, skiff racing, whisky tastings and more. Don't miss the special St Andrew's Day fireworks display on Thursday, which starts at 6.45pm.
The Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine, Thur 30 Nov–Sun 3 Dec, prices vary.

St Andrew's Day in Stirling
Head to the National Wallace Monument for stunning views over Stirling and have a nosy around the exhibition galleries for free. There's also a live presentation by a costumed actor giving an insight into the life of Sir William Wallace.
The National Wallace Monument, Stirling, Thu 30 Nov, free.

Community St Andrew's Day Event in Edinburgh
The folks at the Biscuit Factory are throwing a free St Andrew's Day bash for the local community, with music, dancing, storytelling and food. If you're a performer, you can even sign up for a slot by contacting organisers Creative Electric (creative_electric@hotmail.com).
The Biscuit Factory, Edinburgh, Thu 30 Nov, free.

Glasgow St Andrew's Day Torchlight Parade
Take part in this torchlight procession that passes through Glasgow's West End, with pipe bands, musicians and fire dancers in tow. Torches are £8 and a donation from the sale of every torch is made to a chosen charity.
Starts at Queen Margaret Drive, Glasgow, Thu 30 Nov, £8 (£3).

St Andrew's Day: At the Ends of the Earth
On Saturday, make your way to the coastal town of St Andrews for a day of festive family fun which includes market stalls, lantern making workshops, circus skills workshops, an outdoor ceilidh and a procession at night with a fire show and firework display at the Harbour.
Various around St Andrews, Sat 2 Dec, £5–£6.50.

St Andrew's Day Celebrations in Balloch
A free two-day party with fireworks, music and activities for all ages. Enjoy face painting, Scottish food and drink, pipers and pipe bands, whisky sampling, Highland Games, a ceilidh and much more.
Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch, Sat 2 and Sun 3 Dec, free.

An Lanntair’s Scottish Winter Festivals

An Lanntair host a festival in honour of Scotland’s National days of celebration: St Andrew’s Day, Hogmanay and Burns Night. Events include film screenings, live music and a family ceilidh.

An Lanntair Arts Centre and Cinema, Isle of Lewis

Sat 16 Dec

Times to be confirmed / prices vary / 01851 708480

Sun 17 Dec

Times to be confirmed / prices vary / 01851 708480

Mon 18 Dec

Times to be confirmed / prices vary / 01851 708480

…and 40 more dates until 27 Jan 2018

illumination: Harbour Festival of Light

A festival celebrating both the natural and built heritage of Irvine's historic waterfront. Highlights of illumination include a lantern parade, the illumination light trail across Irvine Harbourside, skiff racing and demonstrations by Scottish Coastal Rowing Association, an illumi bike display with stunt cyclists and a…

Cafe Ceilidh: St. Andrew's Day Celebration

An informal Scots music session all in the name of St Andrew, with members of Linten Adie and friends from the Scots Music Group.

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.

Glasgow's St Andrew's Day Torchlight Parade

A torchlight procession passing through Glasgow's West End to celebrate St Andrew's Day.

St Andrew's Day

In honour of St Andrew's day, the National Wallace Monument is offering free admission, with a live presentation by a costumed actor giving an insight into the life of Sir William Wallace.

St Andrew's Day: At the Ends of the Earth

A range of events on offer including market stalls, lantern making workshops and circus skills workshops during the day and an outdoor ceilidh followed by a lantern procession at night, culminating in a spectacular fire show with a firework display at the Harbour.

St Andrew's Day Celebrations

A weekend celebration for St Andrew's Day with music, activities, Scottish food & drink and fireworks. Suitable for all ages.

St Andrew's Day Distillery Dinner

Piper Euan Anderson welcomes guests to the distillery before being treated to a haggis address and three course dinner. The Pentlands Ceilidh Band provide the soundtrack for music after dinner.

Community St Andrews Day Event

The Biscuit Factory gets to know its local community by throwing a free party, with music, dancing, storytelling and food. Performers are welcome. If you'd like to do a turn, contact party organisers Creative Electric to book a slot.

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