Athelstaneford

Athelstaneford is a small village and birthplace of The Saltire, Scotland's National Flag.  The village gets its name from the legendary battle between Saxon king Athelstane and Pictish King Hungus in the 9th century.  It began as a model village in the late 18th century, thriving on agriculture and weaving.

What to see and do...

  • Just behind the Parish Church is the Flag Heritage Centre, a restored dovecot that houses a short audio-visual dramatisation of the 9th century battle and how The Saltire or St. Andrew's Cross came to be Scotland's national flag and the oldest flag in Europe & the Commonwealth.
  • Not far from Athelstaneford is the National Museum of Flight where you can discover a world-class collection of aircraft including and home to Scotland's Concorde.