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Take the train… to Scotland for St Andrew’s Day

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The wonders of Scotland are easy to see all year round but on 30 November, the whole world stops to raise a glass and toast the nation. St Andrew’s Day is the perfect opportunity to indulge in a few Scottish treats, from fulsome whiskies and filling traditional dishes to exciting Highland Flings.

This year, enjoy all of the fun and friendliness of celebrating the country’s national day by paying a visit to some of Scotland’s most beautiful cities. Book a weekend break in Scotland this November and prepare yourself for some serious St Andrew’s Day fun…

1. Enjoy St Andrew’s Day in Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital is a wonderful place to celebrate its patron saint and when you book a train to Edinburgh, you’re guaranteed to finding plenty of parties and special events on offer.

One lovely thing about visiting Edinburgh on St Andrew’s Day is the fact that some of the capital’s top tourist attractions become free to the public. In the past, both Edinburgh Castle and Linlithgow Palace have opened their doors for the national holiday, giving people a glimpse of some of Scotland’s finest historical buildings.

In 2012, you can take part in the fantastic Carnival at the Castle, which aims to bring an exuberant and youthful flavour to the traditional celebration. Entertainment will include an amazing Scottish carnival of contemporary dance, light show, fireworks as well as a modern twist on pipes and drums, all taking place on the esplanade of the beautiful building.

Many Edinburgh restaurants and bars also get into the spirit of the feast day and provide delicious traditional fare, perfect for warming you up on a crisp November day. If you need a little exercise to wake you up again after your meal, you’ll find the city packed with Ceilidhs where you can take part in some Scottish country dancing to the sound of a live band.

2. Raise a glass in Glasgow

Take a trip to Scotland’s biggest city for a St Andrew’s Day celebration you won’t soon forget. In Glasgow, gorgeous George Square is transformed into a party venue for the duration of the weekend. From Friday 30 November until Sunday 2 December you’ll find a St Andrew’s Day shindig in full swing.

Expect dancing and excitement with live entertainment, including traditional ceilidh music fused with rock, organised dances and an excellent atmosphere. A Winter Café Bar will also offer everything from hot toddies to Scottish ale and local snacks. If you’d rather stay out of the cold, you’ll find that most of Glasgow’s pubs will be embracing the celebration with their own selection of Scottish treats.

Book trains to Glasgow and you’ll find the party spirit wide awake and waiting for you over the St Andrew’s Day weekend.

3. Embrace Scottish spirit in Aberdeen

There’s also plenty of fun to be found in Aberdeen, as the city hosts a weekend packed with activities to commemorate Scotland’s patron saint. From fun and modern Scottish-themed parties and events to more traditional celebrations, such as ceilidhs and mass participation Gay Gordon dance events, there’s something to suit all party-lovers.

Book a train to Aberdeen and you’ll have the chance to celebrate one of Scotland’s proudest days in a wonderfully diverse region, home to both a bustling city boasting sparkling granite architecture and Scotland’s largest national park.

With treats from local businesses, council run cultural celebrations and a definite party feeling in the air, there’s no better time to visit Scotland’s best cities.

Looking forward to celebrating St Andrew’s Day? How will you be raising a glass to Scottish culture this year? Leave us a comment and let us know…

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