St Andrew, or Andrew the Apostle, is the patron saint of Scotland. St Andrew’s Day on 30th November each year, is Scotland’s national day. It’s an official bank holiday and traditional Scottish events are held across the country in his honour. The perfect activity if you’re visiting Scotland and looking to experience some of our time-honoured customs. So if you’re staying with us at Parliament House Hotel this November, here are a few St Andrew’s Day events in Edinburgh to keep you busy.
Visiting Royalty Pays Off
On St Andrew’s Day weekend, the historic Edinburgh Castle is open to the public for free. Explore the royal and military buildings, nosey through the museums and visit the National War Memorial, before taking in the views of the city. Although it’s free, tickets are limited and must be booked in advance. You can sign up here to find out when they will be released. There will be free tickets for many other Scottish attractions available too!
Another royal venue that usually opens its doors for free on St Andrews Day is the Palace of Holyroodhouse. This day-time event is perfect for families, tourists and anyone obsessed with the royal family. With craft activities and exhibitions, it’s definitely worth a visit. Like Edinburgh Castle, entry is free, but tickets need to be reserved in advanced. Keep an eye on the palace’s events page for more information.
Making a Song and a Dance
For a proper St Andrew’s Day celebration, you can’t get more Scottish than a ceilidh! This is a traditional knees-up, complete with Scottish food, whisky and country dancing. There are many ceilidhs to choose from on 30th November, including Ghillie Dhu’s Burly Ceilidh Club and Annasach’s St Andrew’s Ceilidh.
A Claus for Celebration
St Andrews Day also marks the start of the festive season for many of us. And although details of Edinburgh’s Christmas are yet to be confirmed, there’s guaranteed to be plenty on offer to light up your St Andrew’s Day. From Christmas markets to spectacular shows and events, Edinburgh is a winter wonderland just waiting to be explored! Keep checking the Edinburgh’s Christmas website for the full programme, coming soon.
Visit Edinburgh this St Andrew’s Day
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