St Andrew’s Day in Edinburgh and the Lothians
Scotland’s national flag, the Saltire
people dancing at a lively ceilidh
Linlithgow Palace and the Church of St Michael
Celebrate Scotland’s National Day in the capital and join proud Scots who come together to enjoy the festivities.
Historic Scotland runs a Visit For Free event each year which offers free entry at several attractions with highlights in the past including Edinburgh Castle, one of the most visited castles in the country. Sitting proudly atop an extinct volcano, the castle is visible for miles around, a defining icon of the city. Visit to discover the beautiful chapel, Scotland’s glittering crown jewels, Scotland’s National War Memorial and panoramic views across Edinburgh.
Linlithgow Palace in West Lothian is another historic property which has opened its doors for St Andrew’s Day. Set in a park next to the still waters of the loch, the ruined architecture retains a sense of grandeur from the great hall to the beautiful stone-carved sculptures.
Ceilidhs often take place on St Andrew’s Day as well meaning you can try some traditional Scottish country dancing. Whirl around the floor to lively tunes played by a local band. Whether you already know the steps or you are looking to learn, there is usually a ceilidh caller on hand to talk you through the dances.
East Lothian celebrates its role as birthplace of the Saltire in an annual festival of music, culture and heritage. Witness a re-enactment of the Saltire’s horseback journey from Athelstaneford to St Mary’s Kirk, sample the delights of the Haddington Farmers’ Market and enjoy a collaboration of Scottish music and literature.
Find out more about Scotland’s exciting St Andrew’s Day events.
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Edinburgh and the Lothians sits on the eastern side of Scotland's central belt, in the heart of the country.