Best Edinburgh Burns Night 2018 events

Burns Night is where many across the world celebrate and toast Scotland’s famed national bard. Whether it is tucking into haggis, dancing at a ceilidh or reciting some of Burns’ most beloved works, there are many ways you can take part in the festivities in Edinburgh.

From ceilidhs to festivals, reporter Colin Campbell shares some of the best events taking place in Edinburgh this month to mark Burns Night (25th January).


Burns Unbound,  (21st January)

When: 11:00 – 16:00      Where: Auditorium and Grand Gallery, Level 1

Held at the National Museum of Scotland, Burns Unbound is a free mini-festival that will be putting on performances and workshops for all in order to honour the life and work of Burns.


Burns Celebration (20 & 21 Jan)

When: TBC                      Where: 28 Lauriston Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9DJ

If dance is more your fancy, you can see The Flaming Heather ceilidh band and caller Ken Gourlay at Lauriston Hall, accompanied both by folk dancers and a piper.


The Annasach Ceilidh Band (26 & 27 Jan)

When: 20:00                    Where:  36 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DD

The band will be taking over The Counting House (26 & 27 Jan) for a ceilidh and buffet supper.


Burns Night Ceilidh (26 & 27 Jan)

When: 19:00-00:00         Where: 103 George St, Edinburgh EH2 3ES

The Contini Scottish Café and Restaurant will also be bringing their special ceilidh night back to the Scottish National Gallery after last year’s sold out event (26 & 27 Jan)


Scotland’s Storytelling Centre (20, 24, 25 Jan)

Where: 43-45 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SR

The centre will be hosting a number of special Burns themed events as well, that include both suppers (24, 25 Jan) and storytelling centred around some of Burns’ finest poems. Donald Smith will explore renowned narrative poem ‘Tam o’ Shanter’ (20 Jan), looking at its meaning and recitation. You’ll also be able to hear Donald’s performance of the poem at Supper with Burns (24, 25 Jan), which includes a traditional Burns Supper with storytellers David Campbell and Ruth Kirkpatrick, as well as clarsach player Katie Harrigan.


Red Festival (25-27 Jan)

Where: Rose Street, Edinburgh.

This year, there is also to be a special three-day celebration of all things Burns, where visitors can take part in a number of unique events and activities happening along Rose Street.

Robert Burns

Portrait of Robert Burns | Photo Credit: Wikimedia

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, sums up what he feels makes Burns a true symbol for Scotland.

“Scotland’s history and heritage is what defines the country for many visitors and Robert Burns perfectly encapsulates Scotland’s creativity, pride and confidence, making him a cultural icon around the world.”

Roughead goes on to say that Burns is also revered in countries far and wide from his native Scotland, especially those with Scottish ancestry.

“Burns Night continues to be a global celebration of Scottish culture, particularly in those major Diaspora markets – the USA, Canada and Australia.”

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