A sparkling event … West End Festival to stage St Andrew’s Day Torchlight Parade

By Ian Marland at

Glasgow’s St Andrew’s Day Torchlight Parade will take place in the West End next month.

The West End Festival has announced it will once again produce the winter event for Scotland’s patron saint’s day.

Torchlight Parade

Rekindled: the parade will take place again in the West End next month. Photo credit: Martin Shields

The torchlight parade will be open and accessible to all families and friends who want to take part, on Thursday November 30.

A thousand marches were estimated to have taken part last year.

The route is similar: starting off from Queen Margaret’s Drive and finishing at Kelvin Way, via Byres Road.

The event is being staged by the West End Festival with support from Scotland’s Winter Festivals, Glasgow City Council and Byres Road and Lanes BID.

Vouchers for torches are now on sale at a price of £8 via the festival website or you can phone Ticket Source.

Torchlight Parade

Support: the event is being staged by the West End Festival with support from other organisations. Photo credit: Martin Shields

A donation from every torch sold will be made to a chosen charity.

If you want to take part but don’t want to hold a torch, the ticket will be £3 and you’ll receive a wrist band instead. (Price includes VAT and booking fee).

As children cannot hold torches, they will get a free glow stick.

A rolling closure will mean the roads are safe for the torchlight procession to walk but will limit any inconvenience to road users.

Michael Dale, festival director said: “We’re delighted that the West End Festival has once again received the support of EventScotland through the Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme to be part of this winter’s activity in Glasgow and is able to use its resources to organise a celebratory event for everyone to take part in.

Torchlight Parade

Safe: a rolling road closure makes the parade possible. Photo credit: Martin Shields

“With the funding, we can be sure to make this event fun and inclusive for people in Glasgow and beyond to both take part and spectate.”

Festival organisers are encouraging those not taking part in the procession to come along and enjoy the spectacle along the route.

Dr Alasdair Allan, minister for international development and Europe, said: “Our patron saint, St Andrew, was known for being strong, sociable and fair, encouraging people to share what they had with those in need.

“Celebrating St Andrew’s Day presents a powerful opportunity for Scots to keep the spirit of St Andrew alive, by coming together and helping others within their community.

“The West End Festival provides a wide range of events which attracts thousands of visitors to the city.

“I am sure the torchlight procession produced specifically for St Andrew’s Day will be a spectacular sight as it moves through the West End, accompanied by pipe bands, musicians and fire dancers.”

Torchlight Parade

Spirit: many families were among the 1,000 or so marchers who took part last year. Photo credit: Martin Shields


6pm Procession gather at Queen Margaret Drive football pitches
6.30pm Set off down QMD, down Byres Rd, Church Street, past Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
7.15pm Arrive at Kelvin Way

* Full details of the event, timings and how to purchase torches are available on the festival website