Enjoy a ‘day oot’ in the Shire this St Andrew’s Day

Get out and about and enjoy a day at one of Aberdeenshire's many tourist attractions this St Andrew's Day
Get out and about and enjoy a day at one of Aberdeenshire's many tourist attractions this St Andrew's Day

Buchan residents are being encouraged to get out and about this St Andrew’s Day to take advantage of the wealth of offers and activities to celebrate Scotland’s national day on Saturday, November 30.

With nine offers across the Aberdeenshire area, the Aberdeen Snowsports Centre and Macduff Marine Aquarium are two of the St Andrew’s Day Out attractions with free entry, 2 for 1 or kids go free incentives.

Many of the incentives will allow families to enjoy a day out for almost half the price, with other venues such as the Satrosphere Science Centre also offering child-goes-free entry in the weeks leading up to and on St Andrew’s Day.

Other North-east attractions offering their support to the scheme are Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Aberdeen Art Gallery, the Tolbooth Museum and the Cowdray Hall.

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.

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

A full list of all 35 Historic Scotland venues and more information can be found online at www.ticketgiveaway.co.uk