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Burns Night 2018: Events happening across Scotland

Burns Unbound at the National Museum of Scotland (Ruth Armstrong Photography)
Burns Unbound at the National Museum of Scotland (Ruth Armstrong Photography)

THE 25th January is the day people raise a glass to Scotland’s bard, Rabbie Burns.

There’s a huge variety of events happening in Scotland to commemorate his life and works.

From traditional suppers and recitals to a ceilidh ‘rave’, there are all sorts of ways to honour and remember our national poet.


Burns Unbound 

THE National Museum of Scotland is hosting a jam-packed programme of events celebrating Rabbie Burns.

With ceilidhs, poetry readings, traditional Scottish music and even a spot of fancy dress, there’s plenty going on to keep the whole family entertained.

Where: National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

When: 21st January 2018, various events from 11am – 4pm

Live Music at Burns Unbound (Ruth Armstrong)

Perth Burns Club Dinner

THIS year’s dinner is the 40th anniversary since the group was re-formed in 1977, and the club will be celebrating with a special cake.

Guests will be treated to traditional toasts, recitals and live music.

Dress for the function is optional but the wearing of formal or Highland dress is encouraged.

Ticket prices are £25 (members) and £30 (guests).

Where: Salutation Hotel, Perth

When: Saturday 27th January, 6.30pm for 7pm

Perth Burns Club Dinner 2017

Big Burns Stramash

THE Big Burns Stramash 2018 is sure to kick Scotland’s national Year of Young People off with a bang in the Highlands!

Eden Court will be hosting a variety of events, from the Highland Schools Hoolie to the Wee Burns Ceilidh.

Looking for something a little different? Try the Big Burns Ravin’ Ceilidh, a classic Scots dance with an electronic twist.

Where: Eden Court, Inverness

When: 25th – 27th January, various events

Eden Court Big Burns Stramash 2017

Burns Alicht 

THE team at Burns Cottage are hosting a unique birthplace tour in honour of Rabbie Burns.

Visitors can discover illuminations, be enchanted by mischievous sights, sounds and entertainment and delight in landmarks coming alive.

There will be a programme of entertainment, refreshments on sale and crafts for the children.

Remember to dress accordingly for Scottish winter weather!

Where: Burns Cottage, Alloway

When: 27th January, Timed tours 6pm – 9.30pm (11pm close)

Tickets on sale – 01292 288235 or visit

National Trust for Scotland Staff in Traditional Costume Hugh Farrell as a Minister, Claire Grant and Nicole Drummond as Local Villagers and Gavin Pettigrew as a Grave Robber (Mark F Gibson / Gibson Digital)

Red Red Rose Street 

EDINBURGH’S cobbled Rose Street will be embracing Scotland’s bard with a series of events and workshops.

Highlights include the ‘Bairns’ Trail’, a Comedy Show, a Supper, a Ceilidh and even a session full of top tips for hosting your very own Burns Night.

Where: Various locations on and around Rose Street, Edinburgh

When: 25 – 27th January, various events

(Chris Watt)

Gaia Women’s Burns Supper

ONE for the lasses!

A Burns Supper to celebrate Burns’ love of women, with music from Horse McDonald.

Where: Lorne Hotel, Glasgow

When: Saturday 27th January, time tbc

Burns Unbroke 

THIS multi-arts festival celebrates the wide spectrum of artistic and creative practises on offer in Scotland.

The visual art will be on display in 11 galleries over 6 weeks.The majority of performance events will take place around the weekend of 26 – 28th January.

The event is also sponsored by Isle of Arran Distillers and will host four masterclasses on Burn’s favourite tipple.

Where: Summerhall, Edinburgh

When: 25th January – 10th March, 11am – 6pm (Tues – Sun)

(Greg Moodie)
(Robert Mach)

The Ghillie Dhu Rabbie Burns Experience

WITH folk Music, a welcome dram, ceilidh and a piper to signal the arrival of the haggis, Burns Night celebrations at Ghillie Dhu are a fantastic Scottish experience.

The supper also includes a toast and Burns readings

Where: Ghillie Dhu, Edinburgh

When: 7pm; 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th January

Ghillie Dhu

Scotland’s national chef Gary Maclean and butcher Simon Howie team up for delicious haggis recipes with a twist