Burns Night Edinburgh
Mon 25 Jan 2016, various venues.
Burns Night is held on 25th January each year in honour of the celebrated Scottish poet Robert Burns.
The occasion is marked with a dinner known as a Burns Supper, at which guests eat a traditional Scottish meal of haggis neeps and tatties, drink Scotch whisky and recite Burns’ poetry. Traditional Scottish dances known as Ceilidhs are also a popular way to spend Burns Night.
Events range from organised formal dinners with a Toast Master and Piper to small celebrations hosted at home.
Organised Burns Suppers, Ceilidhs and Other Events
In Edinburgh, there are many Burns Night celebrations to join. They range from special Burns Night meals to full Burns Suppers with entertainment. There are also family shows and other events to enjoy. Click on the events below for full details. Please note, this listing
- Prestonfield Burns Night (21 Jan)
- The Secret Sex Life of Robert Burns (21 Jan)
- The Scottish Cafe Burns Night Ceilidh (22 – 23 Jan)
- Robert Burns Weekend at Ghillie Dhu (22 – 25 Jan)
- Tam O’Shanter: Telling the Big Tale (22 Jan)
- Burns for Beginners (SSC) (22 Jan)
- Burns Night at Edinburgh Zoo (23 Jan)
- It’s In The Bag: Burnsfest Special (23 Jan)
- Burns Night at Bread Street Brasserie (23 Jan)
- Lords of the Creation .. and Other Beasts (23 Jan)
- Burns for Beginners (Edinburgh Castle) (23 – 24 Jan)
- Burns Ceilidh at the Counting House (23 – 25 Jan)
- Lauriston Hall Burns Ceilidh (23 – 24 Jan)
- Whiski Rooms Burns Night Supper (23 & 25 Jan)
- The Stand Comedy Burns Night Special (24 Jan)
- Burns Unbound at NMS (24 Jan)
- Burns on The Close (24 Jan)
- Supper With Burns (24 – 25 Jan)
- Whiski Bar Burns Supper (25 Jan)
- Burns Night In The Dining Room SMWS (25 Jan)
- V Deep Burns Supper plus Haggis Naan Eating Competition (25 Jan)
- Too Shy To Dance, But Love Burns? (25 Jan)
- Cafe Ceilidh: Celebrating Robert Burns (26 Jan)
- Britannia Burns Supper (29 Jan)
- St Columba’s Hospice Burns Supper (29 Jan)
- ESU Burns Supper an’ a’ that! (29 Jan)
Hold your own Burns Night
If you choose to hold your own Burns Night, you can make it as formal or informal as you like. Make sure you have the following elements covered for a great Burns Supper.
- Music – Traditional bagpipe music is used to welcome the guests to the table. You could hire a Piper for the night, or simply play a CD.
- Speakers – A Toast Master formally welcomes the guests and announces each stage of the proceedings. Professional Toast Masters are available to hire, or you could do this yourself. You will also need to choose readers to recite Burns’ poetry, which of course features heavily throughout the evening. It is best to choose readers who can can speak Scots language. Traditionally the ‘Selkirk Grace‘ prayer is read before the meal.
- Haggis – Music starts up again and guests stand as the chef brings the haggis to the table. ‘Address to a Haggis‘ is recited and the haggis is cut. A toast is raised to “The Haggis!” with a dram of whisky. The chef then takes it back to the kitchen to serve up.
- Supper – A traditional Scottish meal follows. Often Cock-a-leekie soup is served as a starter, Haggis, neeps and tatties as a main, and Cranachan for dessert. The meal is usually served with wine, beer and whisky.
- Entertainment – The evening continues with a series of speeches, Burns’ songs and poetry readings. Popular songs include Tam O’Shanter and A Red, Red Rose. The main speeches are; The Immortal Memory, Toast to the Lassies and The Lassies’ Reply.
- Finale – To end the night, the host thanks the guests and everyone involved in the event. Everyone joins hands to sing ‘Auld Lang Syne‘.