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23rd January 2017 | Regional News

Celebrating Burns Night in Scotland

Every year on the 25th January, the people of Scotland come together to celebrate the life of poet Robert Burns. Also known as ‘Rabbie’ Burns or the Bard of Ayrshire, the poet is best known for the famous Scots poem – Auld Lang Syne. Burns Night falls on the poet’s birthday, and the country celebrates his contribution to Scottish culture with a traditional Burns Supper, as well as a number of other events.

The tradition began after Burns died in 1796, and his friends decided to hold an annual event to celebrate his life and his work. Burns Night is not only a tradition in Scotland, many people now celebrate this day around the world.

Most people hold a Burns Supper on or around Burns Night, which includes haggis, neeps, and tatties (turnips and potatoes). The evening generally includes many toasts to the poet, musicians playing bagpipes, readings of pieces written by Burns, and the night usually ends with guests holding hands and signing Auld Lang Syne.

A Burns Supper isn’t the only way people in Scotland celebrate. Here at Parkdean Holidays, we’ve unearthed a few Burns Night festivities taking place in Scotland in 2017.


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Big Burns Supper, Dumfries

Dumfries sets the perfect scene for this Scottish tradition, with its extravagant buildings, pubs, and taverns – which are great for holding hands and singing Auld Lang Syne. The historical town is also home to The Big Burns Supper, which is one of the world’s biggest Burns Night celebrations. The event has 10 days packed full of theatre, comedy, music, and much more.

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The Big Burns Supper is now entering its sixth year, and every January hundreds of people come together to take part in over 100 shows, in more than 50 venues around Dumfries. This year, The Easterbrook Hall is the festival’s beautiful new venue.

Running from the 20th to the 29th January this year, the festival is all about bringing friends together to celebrate around Burns Night. The main event this year is Le Haggis, a five-star award-winning show. Guests such as Lulu, Charlie Landsborough, and many more will also be attending.

What: Big Burns Supper

Where: Various venues around Dumfries  

When: 20th to 29th January 2017

Time: See here         

Admission: Latest prices available here

Burns Alicht, Burns Cottage 

What better way to celebrate the life of Robert Burns, than with a unique tour of the famous poet’s birthplace? Taking you on a journey throughout time, you’ll be enchanted by sights, sounds, and entertainment throughout the evening.


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You’ll start the tour at Burns Cottage, before strolling along the illuminated path towards the spooky Auld Kirk Graveyard. You’ll then adventure upon the historic Brig o’ Doon, a famous bridge sometimes known as the Auld Brig, before entering the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. The evening concludes with a burning of John Barleycorn, along with tribal drums, creating an exciting atmosphere. You can walk around each part of the tour at your own pace, meaning you can really take in and appreciate the history behind Robert Burns.

What: Burns Alicht

Where: Burns Cottage

When: 28th January 2017

Time: 6:00 – 11:30pm

Admission: From £5

Burns Night Tour at Wellpark Brewery, Glasgow

Scotland’s oldest brewery, Wellpark Brewery in Glasgow, is holding a special Burns Night tour, where you can take a journey through the history of both beer and Burns.

Guests will have the opportunity to explore the brewery, before taking a break in the Tennent’s Training Academy for a drink and a taster of Scotland’s traditional foods, including haggis, neeps, and tatties. A whisky ambassador will also be on hand to provide insight and information into one of Scotland’s oldest breweries.

What: Burns Night Tour

Where: Wellpark Brewery

When: 24th and 25th January 2017

Time: Varied

Admission: £19

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