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New Year events in Scotland

VisitScotlandJulieVisitScotlandJulie Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
New Year in Scotland, also known as Hogmanay to the Scots, is perhaps our biggest and warmest celebration of the year. Everyone seems to know about the huge Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh at New Year with the street party and fireworks. But have you any experiences or questions about New Year events around Scotland?

Besides a party, the great tradition at Hogmanay is to do some 'first-footing' and visit friends and neighbours after midnight with some lucky gifts. Every house you visited would have plenty of warm food and drink to 'see-in' the New Year.

In Aberdeen, at midnight we would go outside to listen to all the ships in or near the harbour. They would hoot and blow their horns and then everyone would go out first-footing for the rest of the night.

I once went to Plockton for New Year and they celebrated with fireballs that shot through the air landing onto a little island on which a bonfire was built and a great fire would burn through the night.

Do you have some memorable experiences of New Year around Scotland?


  • FofomaFofoma Member ✭✭✭
    For years I lived in Comrie, Perthshire and at Hogmanay they have the Flambeaux which are huge torches consisting of long thick birch poles with tarred rags tightly bound to the top. They are set alight at Midnight and then carried around the village to cast out evil spirits! They are accompanied by the local pipe band and a parade of people dressed up usually comically representing local topics or current news. The Flambeaux are then thrown into the River Earn hopefully taking with them the evil spirits! There is of course a huge street party going on whilst this takes place!
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  • VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hi @Samantha_Grant tell us more about this hobbit house, sounds amazing! Do you have a link to their website?
    Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 
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  • Hi we are think about going to Glasgow over the Hogmanay What will be open 1st and 2nd Jan will we need to booked in some where for a meal ?
  • VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    edited January 2019
    Hello @lesley1830 - that's some impressive advanced planning you've got going on! The 1st and 2nd of Jan are both bank holidays in Scotland so you will definitely find that less places are open. I'd suggest booking accommodation that comes with a kitchenette to avoid getting stuck without access to food.
    Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 
  • VisitScotlandLiamVisitScotlandLiam Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    We've just had LGBT+ bloggers Wegan over for the Hogmanay festivals in Edinburgh, check out some of their shots!

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