Visit Scotland: Celebrate Burns Night in Edinburgh


I have visited Edinburgh pre-kid day but I still long for the day that we can take the kids to visit Edinburgh and Scotland soon. Now that they have watched ‘Brave’ movie, I think they are even more interested in Scotland than before. So today, I’m glad to share a post about visiting Edinburgh during one of their popular event to celebrate Robert Burns.

Commemorating a Prolific Poet: Burns Night in Edinburgh


Robert Burns

The celebration of the life of Robert Burns is a popular tradition in Scotland. The notorious poet, who was born on 25th January 1759, unites Scotsmen and tourists alike, in a commemoration of one of the most powerful and talented poets to ever live.

Whether you’re an aficionado of Burns’ poetry, a local Scot or just someone who wants to appreciate the life and works of Robert Burns, Burns Night is a custom that will leave you satisfied. Spend the night in Edinburgh and enjoy the festivities that are organised during the day and evening. You can find great deals on hotels in Edinburgh, meaning that it will be an affordable, yet rewarding, stay.

Ever since the first Burns night was held back in the 18th century, the evening has been an annual occurrence, including formal and informal suppers involving traditional food such as haggis, neaps, tatties and Scotch whiskey.

Burns suppers are traditionally organised to take place all over Scotland, and Edinburgh is no different – if you fancy a piece of heritage and culture, this event is not to be missed. Whether you choose to attend a typical informal pub or opt instead or a more formal restaurant dinner, the formalities are the same and continue to be steeped with history and pride.

As a sign of the end of the winter festival of events, this memorable evening can be enjoyed by people of all ages and all budgets.

If you’re interested in a more lavish affair, head for Prestonfield House on the 31st January for a little luxury and enjoy a dram of whiskey and a three course dinner, along with some fantastic speakers and entertainment following the meal. You can book tickets for this incredible evening now, and cost £50 per person.

Alternatively, opt for a visit to the Whiski Bar for a Burns Supper and some dazzling entertainment. On the 25th January, for £30 each, you can enjoy the traditional fiddle music of Muckle Fuggla, whilst dining on a traditional 3 course meal to include Cock-a-leekie soup, haggis and cranachan.

Haggis Scotland Burns Night

The delectable food combined with the recital of Burns’ “To a Haggis”, followed by the raising of the platter and the exclamation “Gie her a Haggis!” can be expected at formal and informal events to celebrate the life and works of this prolific poet. With light-hearted readings throughout the evening, including “Toast to the Lassies” and the notorious “Auld Lang Syne” – a song that has implanted itself firmly on the musical map.

Even if you’re not as passionate about Robert Burns and his poetic and literary works, the atmosphere that will welcome you at your chosen destination will be magical. The food and drink that flows smoothly is enough for you to have a “braw nicht”.

There are thousands of Burns suppers that are presented all over the world on Burns Night, but there’s no better place to celebrate than in bonnie Scotland. Book your accommodation now and enjoy something a little different, this January.

Photo Credits: Moyan Brenn, LindaHNick in exsilio

This post is sponsored by Travelodge.

About Amy Querido

Amy is the owner & author of The Q Family Adventures Travel blog, family blog chronicles her family trips, tips and tricks. She hopes to inspire family to travel with kids one adventure at a time. Connect with Amy on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.

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