2014 has been a great year for Scotland: In the year of Homecoming Scotland, Scotland was host of the Commonwealth Games and as well as the Ryder Cup. Another exciting event this year is the Saltire Festival in East Lothian, which returns to East Lothian for the fifth year. The Saltire Festival celebrates the Home of The Flag and is part of the St. Andrews Day celebrations during Scotland’s Winter Festivals and will run from 24th- 30th November 2014.
The Saltire, the Scottish flag, is believed to be the oldest flag in Europe. According to the legend, it was designed near modern-day Athelstaneford in East Lothian for a battle that was fought nearby in A.D. 832.
The Saltire Festival will take place in various locations throughout East Lothian and range from golfing events to fun events for the whole family, an educational day for children and concerts. Highlights include the Scotland’s Golf Coast Trophy taking place on East Lothian’s golf coast for the first time. East Lothian is considered the driest area of Scotland, so you will have the great opportunity to enjoy a round of golf on the finest golf courses along East Lothian’s coastline this late autumn.
On Saturday 29th November from 9am to 1pm, Haddington’s monthly Farmers’ Market will have a special Saltire Festival celebration on The Saltire Haddington Farmers’ Market. With live music, Cullen Skink and up to 25 stalls the market will offer the best of Scottish food and culture. The Haddington Pipe Band will also be performing.
On the festival’s final day, 30th November, the festivities will end with the Saltire Spectacular at Carberry Tower, near Musselburgh. From 3pm to 11pm you have the opportunity to enjoy a great variety of Scottish music, comedy and dance. The Saltire Spectacular concludes with great fireworks later that evening.
For more information and the full program click here.