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Hogmanay in Scotland

VisitScotlandLiamVisitScotlandLiam Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
edited December 2017 in Understanding Scotland
For an outsider looking in, Hogmanay is not a word that you would associate with New Year celebrations, eh?  Hogmanay in Scotland is different to anywhere else in the world, with the celebrations lasting from the 31st of December to the 2nd of January - or even longer for the lucky ones who have the days off work ;).

The origin of Hogmanay comes from the vikings but has been carried through by the Scots for many, many years.  We just love a party!


So, what happens in Scotland at Hogmanay?  The first thing I think of is a massive party!  There are many street parties happening across Scotland on Hogmanay but Edinburgh's is certainly the biggest.  The Edinburgh Street Party.  It is a massive event held in the city centre that attracts people from all around the world.  It has hosted many a rock band and pop-star to play at the event to all the people who have come from near and far to be part of Hogmanay in Edinburgh.


However, there are other Hogmanay celebrations that go on in Scotland.  A Night to Remember is happening this Hogmanay at Stirling Castle.  It consists of a parade of light going from the castle, through the city centre and ending up at King's Park.  It is a family friendly event that caters for all with celebrations being partnered with good food, drink and good quality street entertainment.  All topped off my the help of some fireworks to see in the new year!


In Dundee, they take things a little bit away from the traditional norm on the 31st.  If you end up in the Reading Rooms, you'll be met with some deep house, techno and disco music!  The Reading Rooms showcases local Dundee DJ talent, bound to get you on your feet!  Why not take in the new year listening to some club 'bangers', if you want a break from tradition?!


Wrapping things up we have the Loony Dook, a charity event that sees the locals of South Queensferry take a dip into the North Sea on January 1st dressed up as something daft!

What are your plans for Hogmanay?  Share your pics!!

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  • FullStopNextChapterFullStopNextChapter VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    I didn't realise that the Loony Dook was a ticketed event until a few weeks ago when I looked it up, I quite fancied doing that this time. Next time. 
    Join in my new chapter over on the blog. Discovering all things that make Scotland the place everyone wants to visit. 

  • ScathachScathach Member ✭✭
    Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire is quite famous for its annual Fireball parade!
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