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Top Burns Day Celebrations in Edinburgh

13 January 2015

On 25th January we’ll all be celebrating Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns. In his heyday Burns was the darling of Edinburgh society and was treated like a celebrity – he wrote many works in the city and referred to it as “Scotia's darling seat!” in his ‘Address to Edinburgh’. It’s only right then that there is huge variety of Burns celebrations taking place across the Capital.

Take a look at our selection of Burns Day Celebrations in Edinburgh:

Burns Night Ceilidh at The Scottish Café

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Join the Scottish Café on 25th January for a traditional Burns celebration with all the trimmings. The night begins with guests being piped into the restaurant before sitting down to a special Burns Night menu created with the best of Scottish produce. On the menu is delicious Cullen skink, Findlay’s of Portobello haggis with East Lothian organic neeps and tatties accompanied with a complimentary dram, followed by delicious cranachan with Scottish raspberries and Graham’s The Family Dairy double cream. The haggis will be piped in and addressed in the traditional manner with Robert Burns famous poem. Once you’ve been filled to the brim it’s time to get your dancing shoes on for the lively ceilidh accompanied by a fantastic live band.

Places are limited so make sure you book as soon as you can.

Burns Night Supper and storytelling at Hotel Du Vin

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Hotel Du Vin’s Burns celebration takes place on Friday 23rd January, including a delicious three course supper and an appearance from the man himself… kind of. Personalities from the fantastic Mercat Tours will be taking on the roles of Burns, his women and the love begotten bairns by Miss Louisa Fontenelle, regaling guests with tales from the Bard’s dramatically short life and his great works. The evening will also include a dram on arrival in Hotel Du Vin’s wonderful Whisky Snug.

Spaces are limited so advanced booking is required.

Burns Supper aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia

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How often do you get the chance to enjoy a Burns Supper on a ship? Climb on board The Royal Yacht Britannia on 23rd January for an unforgettable Burns Supper experienced. You will be welcomed on the red carpet by the Britannia's piper before being served a fantastic Scottish, four course dinner in the stunning State Dining Room. The 'Address to the Haggis' will be performed and traditional Scottish music will be played throughout the dinner. The evening also includes a highlights tour of The Royal Yacht Britannia and concludes with a Whisky Tasting in the State Drawing Room.  

If you're not able to make this incredible event then never fear the Royal Deck Tea Room will be serving up haggis, neeps and tatties and delicious hot ginger whisky toddies on 24th and 25th January.  

Burnsfest 2015 at the Scottish Storytelling Centre

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The Scottish Storytelling Centre will be hosting a week of special events from 20th to 27th January, commemorating Robert Burns with storytelling, music and songs for all ages. Highlights include the free Café Ceilidh, an afternoon of song and music by the Scots Music Group. For details of all the activities taking place during Burnsfest visit our event page.  

Burns for Beginners at Edinburgh Castle

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Burns’ poems have become great works of literature and are known all over the world but we wouldn’t blame you if you don’t quite understand everything he’s written! Join Edinburgh Castle on 24th and 25th January for a fun, interactive introduction to his works and gain a better understanding these great poems.  
This event is included in normal Castle admission price. You can buy your tickets in advance online or on the day.

Burns on the Close at Real Mary King's Close

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On the 25th January venture into the Real Mary King’s Close for a truly unique Burns Day experience. Partake in an evening of traditional Scottish food, poetry and a Burns inspired guided tour of Edinburgh’s underground closes that the Bard himself may have tread. The special Burns tour concludes with a steaming bowl of Scotch broth accompanied by canapés and a nip of whisky or Prosecco.

Places for this one off event are limited so make sure you book soon. 

For ideas of other great places in Edinburgh to enjoy Burns Day, take a look at our picks of some of the Capital’s best Scottish Restaurants in our Food and Drink section.