Celebrating Rabbie Burns

Robert Burns or Rabbie Burns as us Scottish say, was born on the West Coast of Scotland in 1759 – 1796. Famous for his poetry such as “To a Mouse” written in 1785 or “Tam o Shanter” written in 1790 and of course the well known and rehearsed New Year song “Auld Lang Syne”.

Celebrating Robert Burns Night in Scotland

When does the traditional Burns celebrations take place

The national poet of Scotland is celebrated annually on his birthday the 25th of January. However events run throughout the month of January.

Celebrating Robert Burns Night in Scotland: Statue of Robert Burns in Edinburgh. ©MDHarding
Statue of Robert Burns in Edinburgh. ©MDHarding

What does the celebration include

The traditional meal comprises of 3 courses, firstly Cullen skink soup, followed by the dramatic Address to the Haggis which is then served up alongside neeps (turnip) and tatties (potato’s). The dessert is a traditional cranachan comprised of toasted oatmeal, raspberries, honey, whisky and whipped cream. (menu may vary depending on venue).

Depending on the location there could be further entertainment in the form of a ceilidh (traditional Scottish dancing).

Celebrating Robert Burns Night in Scotland: The dramatic toasting of the Haggis. ©MDHarding
The dramatic Address to the Haggis. ©MDHarding

What to wear

Traditional Scottish wear is the norm for many with tartan kilts, white knee length socks and a white shirt for gentlemen and the ladies a dress, or a smart dress code (however this also depends on the venue).

Celebrating Robert Burns Night in Scotland: Edinburgh Castle Skyline View which may be seen from the penthouse at Hilton by Doubletree. ©MDHarding
Edinburgh Castle Skyline View which may be seen from the penthouse at Hilton by Doubletree. ©MDHarding

Events taking place in Edinburgh

There are a number of venues holding events in the capital such as the Hilton by Doubletree, Ghillie Dhu,  Scottish Storytelling Centre plus more. The price ranges from £15 to £50 per person depending on venue and package. It can be a unique experience and something I would recommend you do once in a lifetime.

Celebrating Robert Burns Night in Scotland: Robert Burns Memorial Monument, Edinburgh.
Robert Burns Memorial Monument, Edinburgh. ©MDHarding

For outside the city centre the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum are holding a number of events during January.

If you prefer to stay in and celebrate, you can order award winning Haggis online from Findlays of Portobello.

Celebrating Robert Burns Night in Scotland: Some of the traditional Scottish Burns night delights.
Some of the traditional Scottish Burns Night delights. ©MDHarding

I hope you really enjoyed this insight into one of our Scottish traditions and loved poet Robert Burns. If you are planning on visiting Edinburgh during the events, please pre-book accommodation and events in advance to avoid disappointment. If you would like to try Haggis (vegetarian, gluten free, plus more available) don’t leave it too late to order!

However you spend Burns Night we hope you have a braw nicht. Happy Travels:) x

Celebrating Robert Burns Night in Scotland: Cheers!
Cheers! ©MDHarding

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Michelle has a love of travel and photography, which has currently taken her to six continents. Experiencing other cultures/history and food both independently and while working on-board luxury cruise ships. Discover more about Michelle, her enthusiasm for travel and photography via: www.MDHardingTravelPhotography.com

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    Jessica

    Hi Michelle,

    thank you very much for putting together this great article about Burns’ night. We are very much looking forward to the celebrations we’ve got planned here at DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre. More details as well as the menu can be seen on our Facebook page and on the website of our restaurant, Bread Street Brasserie.

    Thank you,

    Jessica Fassler
    DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre

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