Saltire festival 2015

East Lothian will be celebrating St. Andrew's Day with a longer programme of events this year between 23rd-29th November 2015.

The festivities will reflect the traditional story that in 832AD near the village of Athlestaneford, an army of Picts and Scots, confronted by a larger force of Northumbrians, was inspired to victory when a Saltire or St. Andrew's Cross appeared as a cloud formation against a blue sky. To mark the triumph, the Saltire was adopted as Scotland's flag.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said: "This year’s expanded Saltire Festival programme is shaping up to be engaging and inspiring. I’m sure revellers will enjoy travelling back in time to 832AD to learn about how the Saltire was adopted as Scotland’s flag.

"The event is part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme which this year is being provided with a record £390,000 of funding to support 22 key cultural events in 14 local authority areas across Scotland"

 East Lothian, Edinburgh's Coast & Countryside is a great place to visit in the Autumn. With stunning beaches and rolling hills, top visitor attractions, welcoming towns and villages, excellent accommodation and a focus on good food and drink - you're guaranteed a warm welcome!


Date last modified: Sat 19th March 2016