There is really no better place to spend the traditional celebration of Burn’s night than in the Scottish Capital itself. Edinburgh holds host to some fantastic events this year to celebrate the life and works of the famous Scot. But why just celebrate for one night? Why not have two Burns suppers? Or make a weekend of it instead by staying at the Old Town Chambers or Merchiston Residence? The traditional Burns Supper is usually held on the evening of Robert Burns’ actual birthday, January the 25th, but there is so much going on in the city that the celebrations can’t be limited to just one night! We have found the best places to go, things to do, and suppers to attend over the Burns weekend in the Capital, so you can easily join in with this long-established Scottish tradition.
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Saturday, 23rd January 2016 to Sunday, 24th January 2016, 11.15am, 12.15pm, 2pm & 3pm
For those looking to brush up on their Robert Burns knowledge, or those who don’t know much about the bard in the first place, Burns for Beginners at Edinburgh Castle is a must-do during your stay in Edinburgh. With regular events running throughout the weekend of the 23rd of January, there is plenty of time for you to learn more about Scotland’s treasure and his works. Don’t worry, you won’t need to do too much thinking – the readings are just a light-hearted introduction to Robert Burns. Be aware however, they do encourage crowd participation!
Burns Night Supper, Melville Castle
Saturday 23rd January, 7pm
Robert Burns himself was supposed to have visited Melville Castle on more than one occasion and what better setting to enjoy a traditional, but luxurious, Burns supper. On arrival to the castle you can expect to be greeted by a piper and offered a wee dram of whisky to enjoy in front of the fire, before heading through to the dining room for a 6 course ‘Rabbie Burns’ inspired menu and customary toast to the haggis. This will be a great evening for those looking for that touch of indulgence in a magnificent setting, afterwards retreat to you Victorian Townhouse at Merchiston Residence.
Burns Supper, Royal Yacht Britannia
Photograph by Marc Millar
Friday 29th January
Start the weekend off right with a special Burns Supper on a super yacht fit for a queen! Enjoy a truly regal treatment at this unique black-tie event on the Royal Yacht Britannia. Expect to be greeted by Britannia’s own piper, before being piped into the State Dining Room for a 4 course meal created by Chef Mark Alston using specially selected Scottish ingredients. Expect the usual features of a Burns Supper including the haggis address and some traditional Scottish music, before retiring to the State Drawing Room for a whisky tasting session in a truly stunning location. There will even be a private tour of the yacht for guests. This is a one night only event for those looking for a unique and very extraordinary Burns supper.
Burns on the Close, Real Mary Kings Close
Sunday 24th January, 6pm till 7pm
The Real Mary Kings Close is a must-visit on any trip to Edinburgh for those who want to delve into the mysterious history of the capital, but in celebration of Burns night, the close are putting on a special show! Join them for an hour long tour of the close, readings from Burns’ works, stories from Edinburgh past, and possibly a wee dram or two. This won’t be for the feint hearted and be warned there will be walking involved, but if you are looking for an alternative to the traditional Burns supper, this unique experience is perfect. It will be spooky, fun, and you might even learn something along the way!
Burns Night Supper, Whiski Rooms
Saturday 23rd January – 5pm/8.30pm, Monday 25th – 7.30pm
Right in the heart of the vibrant old town, Whiski Rooms is perfectly placed to host a Burns night supper. Known for being as bustling as the Royal Mile itself, there is always a great atmosphere in this stylish restaurant and bar. Join them on Burns Night, or for those only in the city at the weekend; book in for a Saturday night supper. Expect bagpipes, speeches, haggis and whisky – all set in a stunning location and only a short walk (or stumble) from your Old Town Chambers apartment.