Are you joining us in Edinburgh to mark the anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth on 25 January?
Burns Night is a wild annual tradition in Scotland.
Up and down the country there shall be gallons of Irn Bru, Drams o’ Whisky & Haggis, enjoyed by all.
Why do we hold a Burns Supper?
The tradition of a Burns supper originates back to 1801 where 9 of Robert Burns closest pals held a supper in his honour, marking 5 years of his death. During the supper they enjoyed a tasty dinner of haggis and read renditions of some of his best work. The night was such a resounding success they decided to hold the supper as an annual gathering, thus beginning the tradition we still enjoy to this day.
Why should you take part?
Great Food (tick), Great music (tick) and Great Company (tick). Plus there’s nothing quite like ending the night – surrounded by old friends & new, crossing their arms and joining hands singing Auld Lang Syne. Although alternatively some people opt to end the festivities dancing to Runrig’s Loch Lomond, the commonly accepted peoples’ national anthem.
Let’s set the scene…
Visit Scotland have kindly created a fantastic Scottish Spotify playlist, full to the brim of Scottish classics & amazing bands. Listen to it here while you work your way through our suggestions.
What’s on in Edinburgh for Burns Night?
Celebrate Burns Night
17th– 26th January at the Ghillie Dhu, Edinburgh
See details & get your tickets here.
Immerse yourself in a celebration fit for Rabbie himself. Choose between joining friends for an informal 3 course burns meal in jovial Ghillie Dhu’s main bar or enjoy live traditional Scottish music during a delicious dinner. Then top it off with a reeling ceilidh where you can learn and perfect all the best Scotch social dances throughout the night.
The Burns and Beyond Festival
21st January – 9th February in Edinburgh
See festival highlights & tickets here.
Steep yourself in rich Scottish culture and traditions at the Burns & Beyond Festival. Highlights include a family friendly ceilidh with the undisputed ‘king of the ceilidh’ Fergie Macdonald and a rich night of comedy and live music at the ‘Not So Traditional’ Burns Supper.
Enjoy a Brunch with Burns
24th & 25th January at The Scottish Story Telling Centre, Edinburgh
Get your tickets for the show here.
Perhaps you fancy a spot of theatre this burns day. The Scottish Story Telling Centre presents a Fringe-favourite, ‘Burns from Brunch’. Enjoy the company of Robert Burns as he wakes up in 2019 to share his poetry, songs and thoughts of a contemporary Scotland. This show is suitable for ages 14+ and is sure to brew some laughs.
Board the Yacht for a Burns to Remember
24th & 25th January at The Royal Yacht Britannia Burns Supper, Edinburgh
Book your place for the supper here.
If you fancy a spot of luxury- You can spend your Burns celebrations on the gorgeous Royal Yacht Britannia. Enjoy a red carpet welcome, drinks and canapé reception. Alongside a delicious 4-course meal, live traditional music, a whisky tasting and tour of The Royal Yacht Britannia.
Too excited to wait?
If you’re looking for something to fill the void while you wait for Burns Night, we’ve got you covered, find plenty suggestions of things to do on our social media & printed in your apartment!
Whatever you get up to this Burns Night, lets raise o’ dram for Rabbie!