Edinburgh Burns’ Night – What’s on?

Celebrations are imminent for Burns Night, the annual commemoration of the famous Scottish poet and author’s birthday.

Scots all around the world look forward to the 25th, celebrating the timeless poet’s work with a meal of turnips (‘neeps), potatoes (tatties) and haggis – and, perhaps, the odd recital.

Over the course of the weekend, beginning Thursday 24th January – Saturday 26th, Edinburgh is offering a whole range of exciting and unusual events for revellers to attend.

Below is a list of interesting experiences available to all party-goers and culture-lovers who will be in the nation’s capital over the most Scottish night of the year.

1.Burns Night at Prestonfield House


On Thursday the 24th December, the Prestonfield House is hosting another one of their famous Burns nights being hosted by Grant Stott.

The Prestonfield House is known for its exceptional food and with Grant Stott making a performance it’s a guaranteed entertaining night.

Preston House Burns night booking

 2.  Burns Supper at The Royal Yacht Britannia 

If it’s food – rather than poetry – that you’re more concerned about then the supper on The Royal Yacht Britannia is for you. A 4-course dinner is on the menu, prepared by their Executive Chef Mark Alston and his team in the original Royal Galleys. A fairly luxurious Burns night, where you’ll be served by butlers in the fine surroundings of the Royal Yacht.

It will be a traditional Scottish meal on the menu with a traditional Scottish music performance from Britannia’s musicians, as well as an ‘Address to the Haggis’ and a whisky tasting.

Royal Yacht Britannia Burns night booking

3. Abba Meets Burns at Akva

Next, a more quirky option for you party lovers.

In this little bit different take on Burns Night, Rabbie Burns meets Sweden (not literally). This special Burns supper is where haggis meets Swedish meatballs (literally).

As well as the supper, there will be lots of fun, dancing and a Swedish raffle. This is all in aid of disabled children’s charity Whizz-Kidz.

Akva Burns night booking

4. Burns Night at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Another traditional Burns night supper for you at the Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden. An evening offering a three course Scottish meal, Ceilidh, address to the haggis and to top it off: a hot toddy when you arrive!

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Burns night booking

5. The Ghillie Dhu Rabbie Burns Experience

5236256_924f377fIf you’re really craving the sound of some bagpipes –  it is the most patriotic night of the year, after all – then The Ghillie Dhu is the place for you.

The Ghillie Dhu will be celebrating Burns night with a series of suppers and Ceilidhs from 19th January – 28th January. Guests will receive a dram on arrival and a four-course menu including (obviously) haggis.

There will be a reading of Burns poetry and a traditional toast, the evening coming to close in a Ceilidh with a live band.

The Ghillie Dhu Burns night booking

So there you have it, five of the best Burns events Edinburgh has to offer. There are many, many more options from which to choose and you can find out more at the Visit Scotland website.


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