Robert Burns, also known as Rabbie Burns, was an 18th century Scottish poet and lyricist. His style of writing often utilised the Scottish dialect, making him widely associated as the national poet of Scotland. Robert Burns passed away in 1796 having become an important figure in the romantic movement, inspiring generations of artists ever since. Following his death, it soon became an annual Scottish tradition to celebrate his birthday with an evening of food, wine and poetry. Bars and restaurants across Edinburgh will host a special Burns Supper in his honour, starting with a bagpipe welcome, ending with a rendition of his most famous working of “Auld Lang Syne”.
Edinburgh has its own international airport, which takes half an hour by bus to then reach the heart of the city centre. Once in Edinburgh there will be plenty of Burns Night celebrations, ranging from drinks in the local pubs to traditional and fine dining in the cities top restaurants. The ever popular Ghillie-Dhu restaurant hosts a series of dinners between 20th and 28th January, costing £44.95 per head or a less formal experience is available at £29.95. You can celebrate the works of Robert Burns on stage at Edinburgh Festival Theatre for £17.50, while the National Museum also has a number of special events.
Wherever you decide to spend Burns Night, Edinburgh will be busy. Book a table ahead of your visit for Burns Supper, buy tickets in advance for any theatre productions and live music. For the full Burns Night experience, look for places advertising a bagpipe welcome as well as food including traditional Scottish haggis, tatties and neeps. Although many celebrations will go on late into the evening, the National Museum holds events for all the family during the day. Scotland is known for being cold during the winter, so pack warm clothes for your January break.
If you are planning to visit Edinburgh for Burns Night, choose from a selection of houses and apartments, flats, B&B’s, spare rooms and other private rentals in the city centre. Getting around is easiest on foot, or the public bus service is available if you choose to stay elsewhere in the city. Check our accommodation in Edinburgh.
Wherever you decide to spend Burns Night there is plenty of evening entertainment all over Edinburgh. As for during the day visit the impressive Edinburgh Castle, take a stroll through Holyrood Park and visit Arthur’s Seat for stunning views. Walk the Royal Mile or Step aboard the famous Royal Yacht Britannia.
See here for more information on Burns Night, including: Burns Supper, the life and poetry of Robert Burns, history and tradition of Burns Night, piping in the guests, food and drink associated with Burns Night such as haggis and neeps, as well as links to poetry by Robert Burns.
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