Why don’t Scots celebrate St Andrew’s Day with as much enthusiasm as the Irish (and the rest of the world) celebrate St Patrick’s Day?

Our nation is so proud to be Scottish, yet when we have this fantastic opportunity to celebrate it, we fall short.

New York City even celebrate our country more than we do! Every year since 1998, the New York City Tartan Week has ran in April as a ‘joyous New York celebration of Scottish pride’. Their main event is Tartan Day, when there is a huge parade up 6th Avenue overflowing with pipe bands and Scottish country dancers!

Considering we are Scottish, we believe that we should cherish our national culture and make the most of this awesome day! To help you get started, we have sharing with you some of the St Andrews Day events around Glasgow!

St Andrew's Day Events in Glasgow

This year The Torchlight Parade is raising funds for Spirit Aid, a children’s humanitarian charity. The march is being led by the Head of Operations, David Hayman, from ITV Drama Trial & Retribution.

Everyone is welcome to take part! Tickets options are either to buy a £10 torch if you are over 16 or a £3 wristband if you are under 16. 

The walk takes about 50 minutes with the route passing through the Botanic Gardens, Byres Road, Church Street, Dumbarton Road, and the Kelvingrove Art Galleries & Museum. When you reach the finish line, you will be welcomed with 15 minutes of entertainment to help encourage festive cheer! 

The money raised will help suffering children and young people whose lives have been devastated by war, poverty, lack of opportunity and humanitarian crisis all over the world.

Doors 6pm. Walk starts 6.15pm.

St Andrew's Day Dinner

One of Glasgow’s best Scottish restaurants, Cafe Source is a hidden gem in the middle of St Andrew’s Square. Boasting its 16th year, they are serving up some absolutely crackin’ Scottish dishes:

Cullen Skink, Rumbledethumps, and of course, Haggis Neeps and Tatties! With a whole host of meat from Ramsay’s of Carluke appearing on the menu! 

Pre-Theatre Menu:
2 courses for £16 or 3 courses for £20

St Andrew's Day Ceilidhs

This isn’t actually a special event for St Andrew’s Day, they do this EVERY FRIDAY! It takes place above the famous Sloans in the Grand Ballroom. They have a resident Ceilidh band called Chitterybite, who will have you burling round the dancefloor to the Dashing White Sergeant!

Tickets for the Ceilidh itself are only £10 (£8 each for larger groups), or you can make a night of it and grab a 3 course meal all in for £25.

Doors 8.30pm – 1am.

Strathclyde Union puts this event on every year and its not just for students! Everyone is welcome!

Initially, it was started to allow International Students to come along and soak up our Scottish culture and have a go at dancing to our favourite ceilidh dances, like The Military Two Step, Strip the Willows and The Gay Gordons.

At £4 a ticket, it’s a bargain. They will even throw in a bit of food for free! I’m assuming it will be our traditional haggis neeps and tatties!

Doors 7pm. Afterparty at The Garage!

The Eriskay Lilt Ceilidh sells out most years, it consists of dinner and, as they put it, “A Boogie”.

It’s only £25 a tickets and for a complete bargain, you can add bed and breakfast for a an extra £25!

Doors 6.30pm – Midnight.

St Andrew's Day Club Nights

The Garage are hosting a St Andrew’s Day party that goes all the way until 4am. Be sure to get your free See You Jimmy Hat upon entry! One lucky winner will walk away with a case of Old Recipe Irn Bru (aka Full Fat Irn Bru).

Doors 11pm. Free Entry in Tartan. Haggis Bombs on Promo.


About the Author Clarky

I've worked in the hospitality industry for 14+ years, 5+ of them has been at Hold Fast Entertainment. Before that I ran the club at Oran Mor for 3 years, had my own club nights and even ran the legendary Octopussy at The Arches. University wasn’t for me, but wasn’t for the love of trying... (4 attempts)

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