St Andrew’s Day fun day out planned

People in Kincardine and Mearns are being encouraged to get out and about this St Andrew’s Day and take advantage of the wealth of offers and activities to celebrate Scotland’s national day on November 30.

Sisters Isla Smith (4) and Katy Smith (6) from Stonehaven, along with friend Casey Sullivan (4) from Aberdeen, visited Aberdeen Snowsports Centre, one of over 130 venues in Scotland running free and discounted entry to mark St Andrew’s Day this year.

The girls were treated to an eye-opening display from the centre’s team riders who performed tricks and stunts at the centre.

With all participating venues either offering two for one, kids go free or free entry, there are a huge variety of fun days out to choose from across the country, spanning the Highlands to the Borders, from Orkney to Oban.

In Aberdeen, many of the offers will allow families to enjoy a day out for almost half the price including the Macduff Marine Aquarium and Satrosphere offering discounted entry.

Fiona Hyslop, cabinet secretary for culture and external affairs, said: “St Andrew’s Day is the perfect opportunity for Scots and Scots at heart around the world to celebrate all that is great about our nation – including our thriving contemporary culture, our rich heritage and our warm and friendly welcome.

“What better way to enjoy our National Day than to gather together friends and family to explore what’s on offer? We want Scots to take advantage of the diverse range of events and activities on their doorstep in Aberdeen and celebrate a fun-filled St Andrew’s Day out this year.”

The unveiling of the St Andrew’s Day Out activity follows the recent funding announcement from the Scottish Government confirming its investment of £350,000 in Scotland’s Winter Festival Programme - kicking off on St Andrew’s Day, running through Christmas and Hogmanay and culminating in Burns Night - celebrating the country’s distinct culture, heritage and creativity.

The funded programme encompasses 19 events across the country, seven of which are specifically St Andrew’s Day celebrations.

Highlights of the programme include a month-long food and drink festival held in St Andrews as well as major city-based celebrations in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket and Glasgow’s George Square.

A full list of over 170 offers across 130 venues can be found online at www.scotland.org/fun