Free events mark St Andrew’s Day

Locals in Dumfries and Galloway are being encouraged to get out and about this St Andrew’s Day and take advantage of a wealth of offers and activities to celebrate Scotland’s national day on November 30.

There are four participating venues in the region, with free entry, 2-4-1 or kids-go-free incentives.

Many of the incentives will allow families to enjoy a day out for almost half the price, with Kirkcowan-based Courtyard Cycle Hire, Laggan Outdoor’s Segway Tours, the Robert Burns Centre Audio Visual Theatre, and Dumfries Museum offering discounts in the weeks leading up to and on St Andrew’s Day.

There are a huge variety of fun days out to choose from across the country with 170 offers spanning the Highlands to the Borders, from Orkney to Oban. Historic Scotland is also giving away thousands of tickets to 35 of Scotland’s top heritage attractions through an online pre-registration scheme.

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 more than 170 offers across 130 venues can be found online at www.scotland.org/fun