The Saltire or Saint Andrew's cross is the national flag of Scotland. By law, it can be flown by any individual or organisation to demonstrate their loyalty to Scotland. It is incorporated into the logos of numerous Scottish government departments, trade associations, businesses and charitable organisations.
The colours supposedly represent a cross of white clouds on a sky-blue background, as observed by Oengus II when he led an army of Picts and Scots into a great battle against the Angles in 832AD. According to legend, Saint Andrew was crucified on an x-shaped cross, so this cloud phenomenon was seen as a great sign of support from the heavens. After the battle, the victorious Oengus appointed Saint Andrew as the Patron Saint of Scotland.
The Scottish Saltire forms a strong element of the Union Flag, in conjunction with the crosses of Saint George and Saint Patrick representing England and Ireland respectively.
The Royal Standard of Scotland, or Lion Rampant of Scotland, is historically used by the King of the Scots. Unlike the Saltire, it can only be flown to represent the sovereign, eg from Royal residences and official buildings.
Edinburgh Days Out
At Edinburgh TIC Ltd, we are very proud of our Scottish heritage. Therefore, when creating the Edinburgh Days Out website, there was no question that we should "fly the flag". The Saltire at the top of every page indicates our strong connection with Edinburgh and Scotland.