Celebrating St Andrew’s Day

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St Andrews, Fife where they can celebrate their "own" day

St Andrews, Fife where they can celebrate their “own” day

St Andrew’s Day will be upon us in five days’ time.  Here is a quick rundown of events you might want to visit and they aren’t all on the 30th of November either. The Scots manage to make their national day last almost a week!

The prehistoric Standing Stones of Callanish which are on the western coast of the Isle of Lewis has 2 for 1 entry to visitor museum on the 25th and 30th.

At Doune in Stirlingshire, Deanston Distiller will be having a ceilidh in Muir Hall on the 28th. The St Andrew’s Day ceilidh will throw open the doors of the distillery to visitors with a live band bringing the music and great food and drink. Tickets are £10 for adults, £7 for over 13s, under 13s are free and include a distillery tour and a £5 voucher for use in the shop.

Oban has already mid-way through its 21st Winter Festival and it continues until the 30th. Oban will celebrate with a ‘Tartan Day’ in town. New for 2014, Haggisfest will feature seven butchers and haggis makers from across Argyll going head to head for the title of best haggis and visitors can have a go at haggis hurling and join the Tartan Dash! The festival will also feature a Scottish food and craft market in the old distillery.

The Shetland Library in Lerwick will be the host venue for an open mic, free event featuring Laureen Johnson, who will read from her Shetland dialect translation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll called Alice’s Adventirs in Wonderland.

St Andrews will be hosting three days of events starting on the 28th  including music, dance, book readings, fine food and drink, lectures and much more. The celebrations will culminate on St Andrew’s Day itself with a street concert featuring top Scottish and international artists, followed by an open-air ceilidh for all the family.

This year the Glasgow Street Feastival and St Andrew’s Day party (on the day itself) is part of the Homecoming Scotland events programme. This special Street Feastival curates the very best in Scottish street food, street art, spoken word and music. The street food will use the finest ingredients from Scottish larder and chased with Scottish craft beer and cider. Underground Scottish live music will perform alongside live art installations.

In addition to all this, there will be the traditional celebrations in Perth city centre over the weekend of the 29th and 30th. Glasgow city centre will have evening celebrations featuring music, dance and a dazzling lighting display and Edinburgh’s  celebrations will take place in St Andrew’s Square where you’ll find ceilidh dancing, magical storytelling, curling and skating demonstrations along with live music.

Finally, Historic Scotland will be giving away free tickets to visit some of their properties. To claim one, go to their website, www.ticketgiveaway.co.uk. Each ticket offers free admission for up to two adults and three children. Registration closes at 5pm on Friday, 28th November.

 

 

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