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If there’s one thing the Scots are known for all over the world (ok, there are many – our warm welcome, history and heritage, landscapes and vistas, our pride, passion and people, food and drink, music, diversity, weather (!)…) it’s our flair, style and enthusiasm for a celebration.
As we see out November and welcome the Advent, we have a special opportunity to celebrate all that is great about Scotland (we hope you’ll agree, there’s a lot!), and join our friends, loved ones (and often our colleagues) to raise a glass and toast our Patron Saint, St. Andrew.
It’s easy to let the day pass without doing any particularly special when it’s a ‘schoolnight’, but since this year’s event falls on a Thursday (which many say is the new Friday!), there’s no excuse for missing out in marking the day with your own celebration or heading out to one of the many events taking place all over Scotland.
Food is at the centre of most of our celebrations (we have one of the best natural larders in the world!) and an abundance of great Scottish cooks sharing the best Scottish recipes online.
And…a few tips from us for making sure your St Andrew’s Day (and night!) goes with a swing.
You kids might have come home from school waving their St Andrew’s Day crafty creations or the day might have bypassed them completely!
Whatever the case, you can be their very own St Andrew’s Day factfile, dropping these St Andrew's Day facts across the dinner table (facts courtesy of Scotland.org):
And talking of the dinner table, how about doing something simple, Scottish, traditional (or traditional with a twist!) and for tea with some of Scotland’s best loved foodie treats at the table.
And for drinks you could let them sample ‘Scotland’s other drink’ – Irn Bru!
If you’re feeling more of the ‘celebrate with the adults later in the evening’ kind of vibe, how about rustling up a few of Great British Chef's winter winners!
Caorunn is uniquely Scottish, crafted in the heart of the Cairngorms so if you’re a gin lover, liker or complete novice, we can recommend an entire menu of cocktail recipes to get your glasses in the air to toast our Patron saint in true Scottish style.
And to round off your evening you might like to try one of these…Taking inspiration from a much loved Scottish pud, Cranachan is one of the most popular desserts associated with traditional Scottish fare, making this the perfect accompaniment to your St. Andrews Day Celebrations.
There are heaps of exciting celebrations taking place all over Scotland in the run up to and over St Andrew’s Day and of course after, with St Andrew’s Day marking the start of the winter festival season, from storytelling events to food and drink festivals, celebrations of Scotland’s history, culture, heritage and music and of course, lots and lots of ceilidhs!
Have a squizz at the VisitScotland website for details of what’s happening in your area and get involved!
We hope you’ll enjoy celebrating this St Andrew’s day in perfect, traditional Scottish style – we’ll be raising our glasses to you.