2011 Da Doonie Day took place on Friday 25th November 2011 as it is
considered that this date has some significance with regard to both the
Scottish and Viking heritages of Caithness.
date represents the last Friday prior to the feast day of the patron
saint of Scotland. St Andrews Day was designated by the Scottish
parliament in 2006 as a Bank Holiday and provides an obvious link with
historical and contemporary Scottish culture. St Andrews Day also
traditionally marks the opening of the Christmas markets and the ‘Da
Doonie Day’ procession incorporated the ‘switching on’ of the Wick
Christmas Lights, which precedes the Wick Fun Day, in keeping with the
local observation of this tradition. There is also some evidence which
suggests that Swein Asleifsson, the ‘Ultimate Viking’ who was born in
Caithness and had a residence in Freswick, returned home in November
from what has been termed his annual autumn trip of pillage, typically
to Ireland and the Scottish Hebrides.