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Burns Night 2019

  • 24 January 2019 - 26 January 2019
  • Various locations across Edinburgh

Celebrate the birthday of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns, with special events taking place across Edinburgh. Burns Night officially falls on Firday the 25th January, but there's lots going on throughout the week, so read on to discover how the city is paying homage to our national bard in 2019...

Burns Night 2019 Edinburgh Highlights

Burns At Prestonfield

[Image by Prestonfield House]

Burns Night at Prestonfield House

7pm, Thursday 24 January 2019

Join Prestonfield House this January for their legendary annual Burns Night Dinner. Expect an evening of wit, wine, food and exceptional entertainment as they continue their tradition of great speakers for this special Scottish celebration. This year's event will be held in aid of Prostate Scotland and hosted by Grant Stott.

Enjoy a welcome drinks reception, three course dinner with coffee and a dram for £50.

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Burns Supper at the Royal Yacht Britannia

Piper Credit Royal Yatch Britannia

Friday 25 - Saturday 26 January 2019

Enjoy an unforgettable evening in honour of Robert Burns on board the Royal Yacht Britannia. A delicious four-course menu will be served in the State Dining Room by Britannia's butlers. Featuring the very best Scottish ingredients, dinner will be prepared by our Executive Chef Mark Alston and his team in the original Royal Galleys.

Traditional Scottish music will be played throughout dinner by Britannia's musicians and, the highlight of the evening, the 'Address to a Haggis' will be followed by a Whisky Tasting in the State Drawing Room. The evening also includes a red carpet welcome, drinks and canapé reception with a highlights tour of The Royal Yacht Britannia.

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Burns Night at The Real Mary King's Close

RMKC Burns

Saturday 26 January 2019

The Real Mary King's Close has partnered with Wedgwood the Restaurant to create an evening evening filled to the brim with poetry, history, and the best locally sourced produce. 

Guests will be treated a three course meal and a recital of Burns poetry, before being escorted to The Real Mary King’s Close for a Burns inspired guided tour of the uniquely preserved streets and spaces underneath Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile. The evening will finish with a dram of whisky in the beautiful Burgh Courtroom, where guests can raise a glass to Scotland’s favourite son.

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ABBA Meets Burns at Akva

ABBA Meets Burns

Friday 25 January 2019

Fancy a Burns Night with a difference? Celebrate this special night with a little added Swedish flair at Akva. This special Burns supper includes traditional Scottish haggis and Swedish meatballs, served alongside a generous helping of fun and dancing. 

The evening will include haggis, Swedish buffet, glitter bar and a Swedish raffle, and is all in aid of disabled children's charity Whizz-Kidz. 

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Burns Night at Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Burns Burger

Friday 25 January 2019

Join the Hard Rock Cafe for Burns Night on 25th January to celebrate the poet Robert Burns and a fantastic Scottish tradition. Enjoy Hard Rock's own version of the Burns Supper with their highly popular Haggis Burger, accompanied by the Maple Smoked Old Fashioned.

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The Dunstane's Burns Night Bash

Dunstane Houses Ba Bar

Friday 25 January 2019

Head to the Stroma Lounge at Hampton House on Friday 25 January 2019 for a Burns Night party that the poet himself would be proud of; including a whisky cocktail on arrival, cullen skink starter and, of course, the traditional recitation of Rabbie Burns’ Address to A Haggis and accompanying toast as the ‘great chieftain o’ the pudding race’ is offered around.

There’ll be neeps; there’ll be tatties; there’ll be cranachan and Scottish cheeses and Oatcakes – there’ll even be live folk music and Highland dancing. (There may also be a slightly sore head the next morning – but don’t worry; it’s what Rabbie would have wanted.)

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A Dram Fine Evening at The Printing Press

Principal Dram

Friday 25 January 2019

To mark Robert Burns’ 260th birthday on 25 January 2019, The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen on Edinburgh’s George Street will host a traditional Burns supper with a modern Scottish twist in partnership with Edrington-Beam Suntory.

The celebration is particularly fitting, for the poet is believed to have spent time with the 18th century family who once lived at the George Street townhouse.

At the heart of the celebrations will be established and familiar features of a traditional Burns supper, including the time-honoured Address to the Haggis.

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Burns Night at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

SMWS Whisky

Saturday 26 January 2019

Enjoy a relaxed Burns Night Tasting at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, where whisky and food takes centre stage in our beautifully restored Dining Room. Expect piping, dancing and some wonderful Burns poetry, three Society drams and an indulgent four-course meal to celebrate Rabbie.

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Get ceilidh’d away at The Three Sisters

Three Sisters Burns Night

Friday 25th January 2019

On Friday 25th of January the Cowgate venue will be throwing a traditional ceilidh dinner to celebrate Scotland’s National poet, the one and only Rabbie Burns.

The package is £16.95 per person which includes a 3 course meal of Scottish favourites, cock-a-leekie soup, Haggis, Neeps & Tatties and a Raspberry & Whisky Cheesecake to finish.

Followed with an evening of traditional Scottish dance with live band and ceilidh caller so even first time jiggers can join in, and in true Three Sisters style a DJ to bring you into the wee hours.

To book call 0131 622 6802 or email

Burns Night at Hawksmoor 

Hawksmoor Burns

Friday 25th January 2019

Hawksmoor Edinburgh would like to invite you to an evening of feasting and imbibing, in honour of the legendary Rabbie Burns.

For one night only, the team will serve up an exclusive menu created by Executive Chef Matt Brown, guiding you through Hawksmoor’s take on a proper Burns Night feast.

Each course will be paired with unique Johnnie Walker tipples, curated just for this event by Hawksmoor's bar team. They will also have their wonderful Johnnie Walker ambassador there on the evening, guiding you through each drink as its served.

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Burns Night at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Botanics For Burns

Friday 25th January 2019

Enjoy a traditional Burns Night at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Hosted in the unique Gateway Restaurant in the John Hope Gateway to the West of the Garden, the evening will begin with a Hot Toddy, followed by a traditional Scottish 3 course dinner, address to the haggis and ceilidh band. Tickets are £45. Call 0131 552 1974 to book.

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