Robert Burns was an 18th century Scottish poet and lyricist. An important figure within the romantic movement, Robert Burns has been widely accepted as Scotland’s national poet due to his use of the Scottish dialect. Following his death in 1796, it became an annual tradition to celebrate the life and times of the poet every year on his birthday. Bars and restaurants across Glasgow will host a special Burns Supper in his honour, starting with a bagpipe welcome, there will be plenty of food and drink. Expect to hear old folk songs and renditions of his poetry, ending with everyone singing along to “Auld Lang Syne”.
Glasgow International Airport is situated 6 miles outside of the city centre, with the Airport Express dropping you near to Central Station in around 15 minutes. There will plenty of Burns Night celebrations throughout Glasgow, including drinks in local pubs to fine dining in some of Scotland’s best restaurants. There’s the Lord Provost charity event by Double Tree for £1,000 per table at Glasgow Central or live Celtic music at the Drygate Brewery for £14. Whatever you choose there are plenty more low key nights elsewhere and the majority of restaurants will have a special menu available for the occasion.
Wherever you decide to spend Burns Night, book a table ahead of your visit as Glasgow will get very busy. Likewise buy in advance for any live music or poetry nights that require tickets. Most places will be advertising for a traditional night, but keep an eye out for poetry readings and menus that include Scottish haggis, tatties and neeps. Most events will go on into the night, but afternoon tea or lunchtime brunch will provide a more civilised family affair. It can get cold with unpredictable weather in Scotland during winter, so pack sensible clothes for your January break.
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Nearby in Ayr there is a museum dedicated to the birthplace of Robert Burns or visit the beautiful Burns Monument and Gardens. The University of Glasgow has a public exhibition of the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery. Visit the People’s Palace in Glasgow Green, or there’s the National Piping Centre for something different.
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