Official Guide to Edinburgh

Celebrate St Andrew's Day in Edinburgh

29 September 2020

Who was he and why do we celebrate?

As Scots we pride ourselves on our friendly national demeanour and our enthusiasm for helping those less fortunate. These characteristics are embodied in our Patron Saint, St Andrew, who we celebrate every year on 30November.

Traditional St Andrews activities involve ceilidh dancing, eating haggis neeps and tatties, and enjoying Scottish music and culture. More recently there has been a drive to support our local Scottish communities on the day, whether through acts of kindness or by finding new local businesses to enjoy.

Celebrating St Andrews Day in Edinburgh

St Andrew's Fair Saturday

St Andrews Day Saturday Edinburgh

Image via FairSaturday.org

There’ll be lots of Edinburgh businesses and community groups joining in with St Andrew’s Fair Saturday. The goal is to boost social inclusion, fairness and sharing inspired by Scotland’s National Day. Watch out for announcements of special events and activities over the next few weeks and found out how you can join in locally with the global Fair Saturday movement and the celebration of St Andrew’s Day.

Visit the St Andrew's Fair Saturday website >

One Kind Act

After a particularly challenging year for everyone, One Scotland are determined to make this year’s St Andrews celebrations extra special through their #OneKindAct campaign. You can come up with your own kind act and share on social media with the hashtag to help inspire others. Or you can join an existing event or volunteer project to help others in your community.

Find out more about the #OneKindAct campaign >

Eat haggis at a local restaurant

St Andrew's Day haggis restaurant seafood Edinburgh

After a day of volunteering you can continue to support your local community and book a table at a local restaurant for a traditional haggis supper.

See our favourite places to eat Scottish food in Edinburgh >

If traditional haggis isn’t your thing, you can get delicious veggie or vegan haggis at Whiski Rooms or swap it for a delicious seafood dinner on the Shore.

Find food and drink options in Leith and The Shore >

Learn about Scottish history

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A visit to one of Edinburgh’s historic buildings – like Edinburgh Castle or the Scott Monument – is a great way to spend the day surrounded by stories of Scotland’s past and our national heroes.

Keep an eye out for special offers on attractions round the city – details are usually released in November.

Explore Edinburgh’s Heritage >