Robert Burns Night in Edinburgh
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Burn’s Night is a renowned tradition not only in Scotland, but across the globe.
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Many Scottish cities claim to have the best means of commemorating this annual event – but what better place to celebrate than Scotland’s capital city? On 25th January each year, special events and celebrations will be taking place in and around Edinburgh.
It’s typically a ritual to enjoy some Scottish whiskies and ale, before enjoying a three course supper of Scottish fare.
Celebrate Burns Night in Edinburgh
Robert Burns, born on 25th January 1759, was a Scottish poet and lyricist and is celebrated as our national poet.
With themes such as nature and love, his works have found many fans across the generations.
Today there are Burns societies across the globe, with many people joining on 25th January each year for a Burns Supper.
So what exactly takes place at a Burns Supper, you ask?
Well for those unfamiliar with the old tradition, it’s typically a ritual to enjoy some Scottish whiskies and ale, before enjoying a three-course supper of Scottish fare.
After an evening of fine dining, a band will usually take to the stage to perform some traditional folk music to accompany a ceilidh.
If you are unsure or a little shy about performing the routines – a “caller” will be on hand to give everyone a quick run-through before each dance begins.
Various venues host Burns Night events, but it is worth booking in advance.
Burns and Beyond
The Burns and Beyond programme offers performances of live music, dance and art across the city each year.
With venues in the New Town and Old Town, it is also a great opportunity to see some of our city's fantastic buildings.
Visit St Giles' Cathedral
St Giles' Cathedral on the Royal Mile is home to the Burns Window, the first tribute to the author in the city of Edinburgh.
Designed by Leifur Breidfjord, an Icelandic artist who studied art in Edinburgh, the window was installed in 1985.
Keep your eyes peeled for the themes of the Christian faith and Burns' work, including nature, Brotherhood of Man and 'love is like a red, red rose'.
Scotch Whisky Experience
What better way to celebrate Burns than by raising a drink in his honour at the Scotch Whisky Experience?
Located at the top of the Royal Mile, this attraction takes you on a journey through our national drink.
Choose from a variety of tours, including Tasting Tales which pairs Scotch whisky with food.
Other January events in Edinburgh
For another Edinburgh tradition, why not head to the National Galleries of Scotland?
Each January watercolours by the Romantic artist, Turner, are displayed and depict scenes from Scotland and across the world.
What's on in Edinburgh throughout the year
January isn't the only time to visit our fantastic city - there is always something happening throughout the year!
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Book with us for this coming January and celebrate our national poet in Edinburgh.