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At the end of November Scotland celebrates her patron saint, St Andrew. Chosen for his strength and protection, St Andrew has been the patron saint since the middle of the tenth century and today his Saltire or cross is easily recognisable as the national flag. November 30th is his national day so wherever you are look out for Scottish country dancing, bagpipes and other cultural events. Why not join in the festivities with a traditional meal of Cullen skink, a rich and creamy smoked haddock soup, and of course a dram or two of whisky!



Saintly Scotland


During your stay you could also visit the medieval city of St Andrews, where the bones of the patron saint remain today. It may come as a shock but St Andrews is one of the warmest and driest places in the British Isles so a walk on the beach is a lovely way to spend a few hours at any time of year. Enjoy a portion of traditional fish and chips as you admire the views across the sea. Sports fans will want to visit the ‘home of golf’ a short distance from the city and visiting players are welcomed throughout the year at this famous Links course. St Andrews is also where Prince William and Kate fell in love during their university days so the city is perfect for a romantic getaway! The city is also home to a collection of unique shops and boutiques; why not pick up some early Christmas presents or a special memento of your visit?

Autumn is also a great time to visit Scotland if you enjoy the great outdoors. Make the most of the last few weeks of snow-free weather and head to Loch Lomond National Park and cycle the 20 mile route from Balloch to Glasgow. If you feel like you need a rest, hop on the train to complete your journey. This is a great way to appreciate the beauty of the National Park and the flat, mainly traffic-free route is a fantastic family-friendly option. Alternatively, spend a few hours climbing Ben Lomond, the Park’s second highest peak. The initial slopes are gentle enough to be suitable for everyone but you can still enjoy views over Loch Lomond. The more experienced will relish the steep, craggy ascent to the summit offering panoramic views over the National Park.

Sykes Cottages have a wonderful selection of self-catering holiday cottages throughout Scotland, perfect for a short break to celebrate St Andrew’s Day or any time of the year. Visit to browse more than 400 Scottish cottages to find your ideal property.


Edinburgh City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Glasgow City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

With great views from the top of the bus, strategically placed stops and an interesting commentary, this truly is the best way to see the sights of Edinburgh. You can hop-on and off as many times as you like aboard this open-top double-decker bus. There are 24 stops and the entire route takes approximately 60 minutes.

Explore Glasgow, one of the liveliest and most cosmopolitan destinations in Europe with this 24 hour ticket aboard an open-top double-decker bus. See all the main sights as you hop-on and hop-off 21 conveniently located stops around the city.