Celebrating Scotland’s Beloved Poet Robert Burns Events in Edinburgh

Burn’s Night is a renowned tradition not only in Scotland, but across the globe. 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 Monday 25 Jan 2016, several special events and celebrations will be taking place in and around Edinburgh.

So what exactly takes place on Burns Night, you ask? Well for those unfamiliar with the old tradition, it’s typically ritual to enjoy some Scottish whiskies and ale, before enjoying a three course supper of Scottish fayre. After an evening of fine dining, a band will usually take to the stage to perform some traditional folk music to accompany a ceilidh. Don’t panic! 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.

Edinburgh Zoo – just a short bus journey from Edinburgh’s city centre – opens its doors for an evening of drams, a traditional Burns supper and a not-so-traditional rock and roll ceilidh by The Big Shoogle. Be sure to save your energy for the dance!

Neu! Reekie is a fairly new night in the Leith district of Edinburgh, but is by no means one to underestimate. With a good measure of avant-garde spoken word and poetry, a fusion of folk and electronic music, and dancing styles ranging from traditional to contemporary, this is definitely not your standard Burns night!

Summerhall is known as the arts hub of Edinburgh – and Burns night is no different! Spoken word, poetry and traditional ceilidh music and dancing make this venue in Edinburgh’s southside very popular among locals. Be sure to try the craft ales – particularly Barney’s Beer, made in Summerhall itself!