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Published on : Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Burns Night is a Scottish institution. The 25 January marks the annual celebration of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns, with evening celebrations beginning with a piper piping in the haggis , followed by the Address to a Haggis and then the eating of the haggis – some whisky drinking may also be involved! Find out where to celebrate in Scotland in 2016.
Alloway 1759 (20 – 25 January)
Burn’s birthday is celebrated in a unique way at his birthplace, Alloway, Ayrshire, with a special programme taking place around the Burns Cottage and surrounding landmarks. The events include a unique Burns-themed fire garden where flame-lined paths, fire-breathing flowers and sculpture tress create a trail of light, followed by a Burns Big Street Party, in which the doors of the Burns Cottage are opened. Alloway is around an hour’s drive from Glasgow.
Big Burns Supper Festival, Dumfries (22 – 30 January)
This contemporary celebration takes place in Dumfries, a nine-day event featuring a varied programme ranging from the popular street parade, comedy, cabaret, spoken word and contemporary performance. Big Burns Supper would not be complete without a feast! Family Burns Supper is a special treat celebrating the life of Burns, joined by some of the stars of the Festival. Entertainment from local talent can also to be enjoyed throughout the night. Dumfries is around a two-hour drive from Edinburgh.
Burns’ Birthday in Mauchline (23 and 24 January)
This new, cultural event is an opportunity to see Scottish town Mauchline come to life with characters from the past. Free Saturday and Sunday events will host family-orientated activities such as storytelling, music, craft making and traditional food while a ticketed Saturday evening event in Mauchline Parish Church Hall will feature Burnsong performers and music. Mauchline is a 45-minute drive from Glasgow.