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Take the train … to Scotland for St. Andrews’ Day

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St. Andrews’ Day means free entry across many of bonny Scotland’s best attractions. And you can catch them all with cheap train tickets to Alba’s top destinations. Just read on for our guide to Scotland’s top spots and take the train to Edinburgh, Glasgow or Aberdeen this St. Andrews’ Day.

St Andrews day comes but once a year, but like other Scottish national holidays such as Burns Night, it’s a time of commemoration of the country’s glorious heritage.

In order to spread the word of the history and culture of the Scots, many attractions open their doors to visitors… for free.

And you can get to Scotland’s top attractions for less too, with cheap train tickets to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. Just read on for our top picks, and find out where to go before you hop on board.

Take the train to Edinburgh

• … visit Edinburgh Castle – the granddaddy of all castles, this Edinburgh icon towers above the city, and hosts several military history museums.
• … take up the Queen’s residence at the Palace of Holyroodhouse – still a favourite destination of Her Majesty, the Palace offers free admittance on St. Andrews’ Day. Explore the palace’s opulent rooms for a taste of how the royals live.
• … get a fright at Edinburgh Dungeons – for the scare of a lifetime, take a trip to the Dungeons, where you’ll get a mix of obscure history and pulse-pounding thrills.
• … cap off your night with an elegant meal – Edinburgh’s not all stuck in the past, as the city boasts the most Michelin stars in Scotland. Get cosy with Martin Wishart at Kitchen or take a meal at the more binary 21212.

Take the train to Glasgow and …

• … shop on the Style Mile – while it might not be free on St. Andrews’ Day (or any day for that matter), Glasgow’s Style Mile makes for a great day out shopping whether you’re looking for designer brands or local bargains.
• … visit Glasgow’s trend-setting West End – the city’s West End, home of Glasgow University (and many Scottish musicians and artists), plays a big part influencing the city’s culture. And while trendsetters have moved along to other areas as well, Glasgow’s creative heart still lies near the crossing of Byres and Great Western Road, where you’ll find boutiques, coffee shops, vintage music stores and more.
• … venture further out for the Castles around Glasgow – perfect for a family day out, both Dumbarton Castle (to the northwest) and Bothwell Castle (in the southwest) lie close to the heart of Glasgow, and offer free admission on St. Andrews’ Day.

Take the train to Aberdeen and …

• … walk the streets of the Granite City – known for its striking Granite architecture, a simple walk around Aberdeen’s an awe-inspiring experience – especially with the lights burning on St. Andrews’ night.
• … take in the classics of Aberdeen Art Gallery – some of the most beautiful buildings in Aberdeen are museums too. Visit Aberdeen Art Gallery on St. Andrews’ Day for its BP Portrait Award, British Ceramics and Metal Works! exhibits.
• … warm up in the David Welch Winter Gardens – visit the Winter Gardens on St. Andrews’ Day to come in from the cold. One of the largest indoor gardens in Europe, Welch hosts flora from all climates and all over the world.

Where will you go this St. Andrews’ Day? Are you heading to bonny Scotland?

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