Scotland’s much-loved national poet, Robert Burns, was born on the January the 25th, now a day of annual celebration, where all around the city, festivities and entertainment take place to commemorate his life and work. You won’t want to miss out on the occasion as Edinburgh fills up on haggis, whisky, music, poetry and, of course, kilts.
Events around Edinburgh
Burns Unbroke (25 Jan–10 Mar) is a multi-disciplinary arts festival taking place at Summerhall, aiming to celebrate the different varieties of arts and performance in Scotland, through various interpretations of the life and work of Robert Burns. Red, Red Rose Street (25-27 Jan) meanwhile, gives visitors the chance to enjoy traditional Burns’ celebrations, alongside spoken word, dance, poetry and music at various locations along Rose Street.
The Scottish Storytelling Centre is also getting involved in the festivities with numerous events occurring on and around Burns Night with BurnsFest (20-27 Jan). Learn about the life of the Bard, attend the Family Ceilidh or enjoy a Burns Supper with a storytelling twist.
Edinburgh’s own spoken word group Neu! Reekie! are running Burns Eruption at Summerhall, whilst The Stand is hosting a Burns Night Special to satisfy your comedic needs. For some dancing, be sure to check out the Grassmarket Community Project‘s Burns Night Dinner, featuring an evening of poetry, storytelling, whisky tasting, and a 5 course dinner followed by, of course, Ceilidh dancing.
Or perhaps you would prefer to set off on your own tour around Edinburgh to celebrate the day? If so, have a look at our Burns’ itinerary featuring plenty of locations related to the bard and Edinburgh’s literary heritage.