St Andrew’s Day, which celebrates Scotland’s patron saint, takes place on November 30th and there’s usually a lot going on in Edinburgh in honour of the occasion.
Get to grips with Edinburgh’s history
As part of the St Andrew’s Day festivities, Historic Scotland is offering free tickets to a host of attractions in Edinburgh for those who pre-register on its website. Among the participating sites this year are Craigmillar Castle and Edinburgh Castle. Meanwhile, the Museum of Edinburgh is offering free entry over the St Andrew’s Day weekend, while the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, John Knox House and the National Mining Museum Scotland are some of the places providing two-for-one tickets from November 18th until December 1st.
Watch a ceilidh
Ceilidhs are displays of traditional Scottish country dancing and there are often lively performances all over Scotland around St Andrew’s Day. Look out for any happening in Edinburgh - if you’re feeling brave you can usually join in; just follow the directions of the ceilidh caller who talks you through the steps as you go. The best place to go this year is Grassmarket, which will be hosting a special event in honour of the national holiday - including some ceilidhs.
Take in some live music
As part of the aforementioned Grassmarket event, there will be a host of performances by local musicians. Among those set to take to the stage at the celebrations are Louis Abbott, Dougie MacLean, Breabach and Blazin’ Fiddles. In addition, there will be a range of workshops going on throughout the day, as well as a storytelling event courtesy of the Scottish Storytelling Centre, so you can find out more about the country’s myths and legends.
Get a taste of Scotland
November 30th will also see the Grassmarket Market trading from 10am to 6pm, allowing revellers to pick up everything from traditional Scottish fare to snacks with a more international flavour. Stallholders will also be selling local produce, such as vegetables, fish and meat, in case you fancy picking up any tasty ingredients to use in your own cooking.