St Andrew’s Day 2020: history and traditions of Scotland

Today is St Andrew’s Day, the National day of Scotland!

But do you really know who is the patron saint of Scotland?

Also known as ‘Là Naomh Anndrais’ in Scottish Gaelic, St Andrew was a fisherman and one of the 12 apostles of Jesus. According to the legend, in the 18th century, after his relics were brought over to Kinrymont in Fife, the town became a major destination for medieval pilgrims and was later re-named St Andrews. It is said he was crucified in 60 AD on an X-shaped cross, rather than the “T” shaped cross of Jesus as he didn’t see himself as worthy enough to die as Jesus did.

This is why the Scottish flag’s symbol is an X. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

The Scottish Parliament made St Andrew’s Day an official bank holiday in Scotland in 2007.

 

Nowadays the traditional celebrations involve ceilidh dancing, eating haggis neeps and tatties, and enjoying Scottish music and culture. More recently it has also meant supporting our local Scottish communities on the day, whether through acts of kindness or by finding new local businesses to enjoy.

This year the traditional activities will not go ahead but the communities across Scotland are being encouraged to celebrate the 30th November in different ways. Here below you can find a couple of this year’s initiatives:

  • One Million Word of Kindness: #OneKindAct campaign is asking people to send king messages to their friends, family and neighbors in order to spread the kindness and connection across the country
  • Get Yer Kilt On: it’s a tourism initiative organised by the Fife Tourism Partnership. You can support it by wearing your kilt or something pattern tartan and then share your pictures on social media using the #GetYerKiltOn hashtag. To find out who the winner will be and for more information on the prize check out the Welcome to Fife social media’s page.

St Andrew’s Day is the right opportunity for everyone to wear their kilt and share the kindness which is part of what makes us who we are as a country.

#StAndrewsDay #ScotlandNationalDay #GetYerKiltOn #WeAreScotland

 

Top Activities in Edinburgh this December

Edinburgh is starting to feel very festive! Here are our tips on the activities you and your family can enjoy this December. Tune in to a festive story as part of the Edinburgh’s Christmas digital programme from the comfort of our centrally located York Place apartments, explore one of the festive activities at the popular Edinburgh Zoo and Botanic Garden, or simply get to know Edinburgh a little more with Edinburgh Bus Tours.

Edinburgh’s Christmas

Edinburgh’s Christmas programme comes in a new revised form this year. Although moving digital, it aims to lift our spirits up and bring a much-needed festive cheer to our homes.  

As part of Santa’s Advent Stories, Santa Claus will read a story before bedtime every day of the Advent directly on the Edinburgh’s Christmas website. Writers of all ages are encouraged to submit their entries with festive stories and a winning one will be selected by Santa himself! 

Edinburgh’s Christmas Neighbourhood Market is an online initiative to showcase a variety of local businesses and support their activities during these challenging times. We can all support the independent businesses of Edinburgh by buying our Christmas gifts locally. 

To find our more visit the official website here.

Edinburgh Zoo’s Christmas Nights  

Edinburgh Zoo is a great place to visit for adults and children alike but this Christmas you are in for a special treat. Edinburgh Zoo’s Christmas Nights are back from 20th November to 3rd January with availability on selected nights only. Embark on an enchanted light trail around the zoo all the way to the North Pole and visit Santa’s workshop. Feel the festive spirit and enjoy the luminous projections and fairy lights! 

Edinburgh Zoo is a short drive away (3.5 miles) from our York Place apartments, or alternatively there is a direct public transport link (number 26) with a bus stop directly on York Place. 

For further information and to buy tickets visit the official website here.

Christmas At The Botanics 

The Royal Botanic Garden is a favourite spot of many locals and visitors and their popular Christmas At The Botanics event is returning this season – running on selected evenings between 2nd December and 3rd January. They have prepared a festive trail of light that will cheer up the whole family. Experience the tunnel of light, the laser garden, watch mesmerizing light projections displayed on the historic Inverleith House and wander along giant luminescent sculptures and much more! 

The Botanic Garden is within walking distance of our York Place apartments – about 1 mile away and can be a part of a nice day out combined with a walk via the Water of Leith walkway, Inverleith Park and Stockbridge. 

For further information and to buy tickets visit the official website here.

Edinburgh Bus Tours 

Are you looking for a family fun day out? Look no further, Edinburgh Bus Tours allow you and your family to see the main visitor attractions at your own pace – you can hop-on and off as you like and explore your preferred sights. The tours leave from St. Andrew’s Square, which is a short walk away from our York Place apartments. A great way to learn something new about Edinburgh and as a bonus you will be able to enjoy some great panoramic views from the top deck as the tour makes its way through the city. 

More information on the tours can be found here.

If you are staying at our apartments during December and have any questions about your stay or Edinburgh in general, please contact us on enquiries@destinationedinburghapartments.co.uk or give our team a call on 0131 556 3840 and we would be happy to help. 

Top Tips for a Day Out in Edinburgh

Now that we have had some warm and sunny days here in Edinburgh, we would like to share our top tips on how to spend a relaxing day outdoors whilst staying at our apartments in Edinburgh. In this blog you will find out more about:

  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
  • Water of Leith & Dean Village
  • Starbank Park Newhaven

Day Out at Royal Botanic Garden & Picnic at Inverleith Park

The Royal Botanic Garden celebrates 350 years since it first opened its doors. On a total area of 70 acres you will discover a diverse range of plant and tree collections, enjoy a stunning view of Edinburgh’s skyline and you might even spot a squirrel, or two, who also inhabit this peaceful oasis.  You can continue across to the Inverleith Park, located next to the Garden’s West Gate, and stop for a picnic by another great view of the iconic Edinburgh skyline just above the Inverleith Pond. On the way back to the city centre, wander around the streets of Stockbridge and discover shops, cafes and charity shops typical for this part of town. Finally, if you happen to be in Stockbridge on a Sunday, pay a visit to the Stockbridge Market!

 

Walk along the Water of Leith & Dean Village

Another beautiful area to discover is the walkway along the Water of Leith. Just a few minutes away from the city centre, you can join the walkway and enjoy the gems as you follow along. You will come across St Bernard’s Well hidden in an iconic structure dating back over 200 years and dominated by a statute of the Greek Goddess of Health, Hygeia. Back in the day when the well was first discovered, the locals believed the spring water to have healing affects. Moving further away from the city centre, you will pass under the impressive Dean Bridge and in no time, you will reach the Dean Village – a picturesque area that will take you back in time.

Starbank Park & Traditional Seafood in Newhaven

If you feel like venturing a little further out, this beautiful park is in Newhaven, around 2.5 miles from the city centre. The Starbank Park has been restored into its current state by a community-led action group, the Friends of Starbank Park and they have turned it into a favourite spot for local residents. The park has an eye-catching garden full of flowers, plants and even cherry blossom trees. With its unbeatable location, almost at the water-front, it boasts amazing views over the Firth of Forth. To make it a perfect place for a family visit, there is a children’s nature trail and a little library to entertain the little ones. The park is only a couple of minutes’ walk from the Newhaven harbour – you can enjoy the atmosphere of an old fishing harbour and grab a bite to eat.

 

Before your visit, have a quick look online and check if the places you plan to visit require you to book a ticket, or reserve a table, in advance. This way you will be ready to enjoy what the city has got to offer!

Things you might not know about Scotland

Scotland is a country full to the brim of surprises and culture.

In light of this, we’ve created a list of things you may not know about the nation, give yourself a point of each answer and let us know below how many you knew.

 

  • Scotland’s national animal is a unicorn and has been for over 2,500 years.

 

 

  • 13% of the Scottish popular are ginger – making it the highest proportion of any country in the world.

 

  • Scotland is considered the home & inventor of Golf, with the first recorded game happening in St. Andrews.

 

  •  Edinburgh was the first city to have an organised fire brigade. Look out for monument commemorating this achievement.

 

 

  • Scotland has 790 islands, and each are beautiful. However, only 1/4th of them are inhabited.

 

  • Chicken Tikka Masala was originated in 1971 in Glasgow, Scotland. The dish was created by a Pakistani chef after a customer complained his original curry tasted dry.

 

  • There are more folk with Scottish heritage living in the US than there is in Scotland itself.

 

 

  • Scotland’s wee town of Bonnybridge is the considered the UFO capital of the world with more than 300 sightings reported annually!

 

  • Scotland boasts the world’s tallest hedge, standing at 1,700 ft in length.

 

 

  • The importation of haggis to the USA has been illegal since the 1970’s – so you’ll just have to come here to enjoy it.
Thank you for reading.
Don’t forget to let us know how many you knew.

Learn Important Scottish Slang

This is a very informative blog. It shall be ‘pure’ helpful to use during your trip to Edinburgh.

Let us know if you have learnt anything new in these terms, there’s plenty where that came from.

We’ll look forward to hearing your best Scottish accents at check-in!

 

Haud yer wheesht

Meaning: Be quiet

Example: ‘Oi haud yer wheesht, will ya?’

Translation: ‘Hello, can you please be quiet’

 

Auld

Meaning: Old

Example: ‘Happy Birthday, Yer getting auld noo’

Translation: ‘Happy Birthday, You are getting old now’

 

Bairn/We’an

Meaning: Baby, Small child

Example: ‘Aw, look et the bonnie wee bairn’

Translation: ‘Aw, look at the beautiful little baby’

 

Oot

Meaning: Out

Example: ‘Am gawn oot the night, you keen?’

Translation: ‘I’m going out tonight, would you like to join me?’

 

Banter

Meaning: Thrilling conversation, witty repartee or wisecracks.

Example: ‘You have braw banter, pure good chat.’

Translation: ‘You are really funny, not boring to talk too’

 

Aye

Meaning: Yes

Example: ‘ Aye, geez us twa pints o bitter’

Translation: ‘Yes, can I please have two pints of Pale Ale’

 

Isnae

Meaning: Isn’t

Example: ‘That isnae right, I dinnae kin why’

Translation: ‘That isn’t right, I don’t know why’

 

Braw

Meaning: Good

Example: ‘That’s pure braw haggis, neeps and tatties’

Translation: ‘That is very good haggis, turnip and potatoes’

 

Bosie

Meaning: To hug or embrace someone

Example: ‘C’mere, do you need a wee boise?’

Translation: ‘Come over, would you like a hug?

 

Ken

Meaning: To know

Example: ‘Dae you ken wit am sayin?’

Translation: ‘Do you know what I mean?’

 

Mawkit/Clerty

Meaning: Dirty

Example: ‘Yer troosers are pure mawkit’

Translation: ‘Your trousers are very dirty’

 

Loon/Laddie

Meaning: A young man

Example: ‘Fit a braw laddie, affy peely-wall though’

Translation: ‘What a great gentleman, very pale though’

 

Quine/Lassie

Meaning: A young woman

Example: ‘She’s a bonnie lookin’ quine’

Translation: ‘She’s a beautiful young woman’

 

Dogs Dinner

Meaning: Messy

Example: ‘Ma hair is a dogs dinner, its blowing a hoolie ootside’

Translation: ‘My hair is very messy after that wind outside’

 

Yaldi

Meaning: Excitement or joy

Example: ‘It’s Friday, lets gan yaldi!’

Translation: ‘It’s Friday, let’s go wild!’

 

Scran

Meaning: Food/Snacks

Example: ‘I’m awa for the messages, I’m pure hank marvin for some scran’

Translation: ‘I’m away to the supermarket, I’m very hungry for food’

 

Steamin’/Off Yer face

Meaning: Drunk/Tipsy

Example: ‘I’m barry steamin, tae much whisky’

Translation: ‘I’m very drunk, I’ve had too much whisky’

 

Dinnae Kin

Meaning: Don’t know

Example: ‘I dinnae kin, ma heid’s mince’

Translation: ‘I don’t know, I’m a little mixed up’

 

Baltic

Meaning: Cold temperatures

Example ‘It’s barry baltic, geez us yer tammy’

Translation: ‘It’s very cold, can I borrow your hat?’

 

Ye make a better door than a windae

Meaning: I can’t see past you

Example: ‘Oi loon, ya make a better door than a windae’

Translation: ‘Excuse me sir, I cannot see past you, would you mind moving

 

If you know any useful slang, don’t forget to share them in the comments below!

Our Favourite Attractions in Edinburgh

There’s so many things to do in the city, from secret bars to spooky ghost tours, Edinburgh has it all. So to make things a bit easier we’ve put together a list of our must-do’s! Comment below if you think we’ve missed anything critical. Sharing is Caring!

STEEP YOURSELF IN HISTORY AT EDINBURGH CASTLE

Why not get ahead of the crowds and start your day at Edinburgh Castle when it opens at 9.30am. The Castle is set in the heart of the city and the escapade offers a fantastic view. It’s home to the National War Museum and you can see the real Scottish Crown Jewels and Stone of Destiny! If you’re still wandering around in the early afternoon, you can see (and of course) hear the famous One O’clock Gun! Afterwards, enjoy exploring the Royal Mile, visiting the various pubs, restaurants, shops and historically significant closes to find the hidden gems.

 

BE FASCINATED BY SURGEONS’ HALL MUSEUM

Take a pit stop halfway down the royal mile and grab some lunch on South Bridge. Make sure you’ve eaten before visiting our next suggestion! Surgeon’s Hall Museum is a real treasure trove of historical surgical tools, mind-boggling paintings and – yes –  an assortment of real body parts, displayed in jars. You may not know but Edinburgh’s dark history of  body snatching allowed for the evolution of medical surgeries. Find out about how many great Scottish minds discovered several medical breakthroughs we still use today.

 

TRAVEL TO THE BEGINNING OF TIME AT DYNAMIC EARTH

Now you’ve experienced some of exciting human history, perhaps it’s time to launch into outer space and see the creation of time itself. Dynamic Earth is a fantastic attraction, suitable for all ages to learn and enjoy. This immersive and interactive adventure takes you on a journey through space and time to learn how the forces of the natural world worked to shape Earth to what we know it to be today. Finish your afternoon off (and rest those feet) watching a short film in their 360-degree cinema dome, its included in your tour price.

 

 

SPEND YOUR TIME, NOT MONEY (IT’S FREE) AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND

We also suggest a visit to the National Museum of Scotland, its easily one of the best indoor attractions in Edinburgh. Even better, it’s free! With over 20,000 unique artifacts to see, you can learn about the story of Scotland and see fascinating exhibits on the natural world, world cultures, science, design and history. Some museum highlights would be the animal exhibit, the fashion & style gallery and watching the millennium clock chime in the hour with its unique musical display.

 

GETTING HUNGRY FOR DINNER INSPIRATION? CHECK OUT OUR SISTER BLOG ‘BEST PLACES TO EAT IN EDINBURGH’ FOR OUR TOP FOODIE FAVORITES.  

 

HAVE A DRAM AT THE SCOTCH WHISKY EXPERIENCE

Head towards the castle from the Royal Mile where you’ll find the Scotch Whisky Experience.  You can honour Scotland’s national (and regularly enjoyed) drink. Whisk around on the barrel ride where you’ll learn all about the whisky making process and behold the world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky. Then don’t forget to finish off your tour with a sample of the good stuff!

 

THE ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA, ITS FIT FOR A QUEEN

Start your day from Princes Street in the city centre, it’s a short ride on the number 22 or 11 to The Royal Yacht Britannia. which according to votes on TripAdvisor , it is one of the UK’s best attractions. We recommend buying a day-ticket for the bus, its only £4.50 this will set you up on as many buses as you would like throughout the day however, alternatively a single is £1.80. Once you arrive at Ocean terminal you can step on board The Queen’s floating Royal residence. On a tour around the yacht you’ll see the engine room, a Rolls Royce and state apartments across the five decks. After the tour, we would recommend taking some time to exploring terminal’s shops, bars and attractions and of course- the Shore of Leith, one of the most fashionable areas to live in Edinburgh.

 

SMELLS THE ROSES AT THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS

If you find yourself at the Leith Shore, then you can hop on the number 36 bus and head down Edinburgh’s haven of peace and tranquility. The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh offers visitors 72 acres of stunning scenery and is one of the finest botanic gardens in the world, dating back over 300 years.  Wonder around its wonderful exhibitions, exotic glasshouses and be surrounded by a host of colourful plants, trees and shrubs. Once you’ve soaked up the fresh air, either wander back to the centre through the sophisticated Stockbridge area of New Town or catch the number 27 and 23 bus will drop you back off at Princes Street.

 

IF THERE ARE ANY ATTRACTION WHICH TAKES YOUR FANCY, DON’T HESITATE TO GIVE US A CALL ON 0131 556 3840. WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO ARRANGE TICKETS AND/OR MAKE RESERVATIONS TO SECURE YOUR PLACE AND SAVE QUEUING TIME.  

What’s on for Burns Night? – Edinburgh

Are you joining us in Edinburgh to mark the anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth on 25 January?

Burns Night is a wild annual tradition in Scotland.

Up and down the country there shall be gallons of Irn Bru, Drams o’ Whisky & Haggis, enjoyed by all.

 

Why do we hold a Burns Supper?

 

The tradition of a Burns supper originates back to 1801 where 9 of Robert Burns closest pals held a supper in his honour, marking 5 years of his death. During the supper they enjoyed a tasty dinner of haggis and read renditions of some of his best work. The night was such a resounding success they decided to hold the supper as an annual gathering, thus beginning the tradition we still enjoy to this day.

 

Why should you take part?

 

Great Food (tick), Great music (tick) and Great Company (tick). Plus there’s nothing quite like ending the night – surrounded by old friends & new, crossing their arms and joining hands singing Auld Lang Syne. Although alternatively some people opt to end the festivities dancing to Runrig’s Loch Lomond, the commonly accepted peoples’ national anthem.

 

Let’s set the scene…

 

Visit Scotland have kindly created a fantastic Scottish Spotify playlist, full to the brim of Scottish classics & amazing bands.  Listen to it here while you work your way through our suggestions.

 

What’s on in Edinburgh for Burns Night?

 

  • Celebrate Burns Night

17th– 26th January at the Ghillie Dhu, Edinburgh

See details & get your tickets here.

Immerse yourself in a celebration fit for Rabbie himself. Choose between joining friends for an informal 3 course burns meal in jovial Ghillie Dhu’s main bar or enjoy live traditional Scottish music during a delicious dinner. Then top it off with a reeling ceilidh where you can learn and perfect all the best Scotch social dances throughout the night.

 

  • The Burns and Beyond Festival

21st January – 9th February in Edinburgh

See festival highlights & tickets here. 

Steep yourself in rich Scottish culture and traditions at the Burns & Beyond Festival. Highlights include a family friendly ceilidh with the undisputed ‘king of the ceilidh’ Fergie Macdonald and a rich night of comedy and live music at the ‘Not So Traditional’ Burns Supper.

 

  • Enjoy a Brunch with Burns

24th & 25th January at The Scottish Story Telling Centre, Edinburgh

Get your tickets for the show here.

Perhaps you fancy a spot of theatre this burns day. The Scottish Story Telling Centre presents a Fringe-favourite, ‘Burns from Brunch’. Enjoy the company of Robert Burns as he wakes up in 2019 to share his poetry, songs and thoughts of a contemporary Scotland. This show is suitable for ages 14+ and is sure to brew some laughs.

 

  • Board the Yacht for a Burns to Remember

24th & 25th January at The Royal Yacht Britannia Burns Supper, Edinburgh

Book your place for the supper here.

If you fancy a spot of luxury- You can spend your Burns celebrations on the gorgeous Royal Yacht Britannia. Enjoy a red carpet welcome, drinks and canapé reception. Alongside a delicious 4-course meal, live traditional music, a whisky tasting and tour of The Royal Yacht Britannia.

 

Too excited to wait?

If you’re looking for something to fill the void while you wait for Burns Night, we’ve got you covered, find plenty suggestions of things to do on our social media & printed in your apartment!

 

Whatever you get up to this Burns Night, lets raise o’ dram for Rabbie!

 

If you have any questions do not hesitate to email or call, we would be happy to discuss suggestions and things to do with you.

Best places to eat in Edinburgh!

Staying in one of our self-catering apartments in Edinburgh but fancy dining out?

The city boasts a plethora of amazing dining experiences, suitable for all tastes and budgets.

We are an office of foodies, so we’ve come together to collate a list of our favourite restaurants for you to enjoy.

 

Howies – British cuisine / located on Victoria St

They offer a terrific 3 Course Lunch for only 15.75.

Try the best of Scottish produce, and a fantastic range of local beers and gins.

Destination Edinburgh’s Team loves: The Venison Haunch.

 

The White Horse – Seafood Restaurant / Overlooking the historic Royal Mile

Build yourself your ideal meal from a selection of small plates, made up of all your favourites including Baked Scallops and Scotch Bonnet Cured Salmon. This is the perfect option for wine and friends or trying something new.

Artisan Cocktails, freshly hand-shucked oysters. Feast your senses and celebrate your love for Scottish seafood.

Destination Edinburgh’s Team loves:: Tempura Oysters.

 

Six by Nico – Evolving 6 course tasting menu / located on Hanover Street

A best kept local secret. This restaurant has a brand new 6-course tasting menu every six weeks. Usually requires booking in advance.

They have showcased a wide variety of immersive themes including ‘Mad Hatters Tea Party’, ‘Childhood’ and ‘Guilty Pleasures’. Each menu encourages guests to try something new and think beyond conventional food.

Destination Edinburgh’s Team loves:: Everything. Every 6 weeks.

 

Wedgewood – Scottish cuisine / located on the Royal Mile

Wedgewood allows guests to enjoy fine dining in a comfortable and friendly environment.

They offer a fantastic ‘Wee Tour of Scotland’ menu which offers the opportunity to taste all of Scotland’s most celebrated cuisines.

Destination Edinburgh’s Team loves: Five Spiced Scottish Salmon.

 

Chop House  Steak & Scottish cuisine / located on Market Street

Serves delicious in-house dry aged beef cooked over charcoal.

They also offer a wholesome Sunday Roast. It’s like having a weekly Christmas dinner.

Destination Edinburgh’s Team loves: A sharing steak with a selection of sauces and sides. Steak can be social occasion after all.

 

The Witchery – British Cuisine / located at the gate of Edinburgh Castle

Enjoy local produce in the atmospheric candle-lit dining room or enjoy the secret garden room, enclosed with ancient oak and decorated with glorious tapestries.

The Witchery is Award-winning and highly reviewed by guests who visit.

Destination Edinburgh’s Team loves: Haggis with curried pineapple chutney. A modern twist on the Scottish classic.

 

Let us know if you are intrigued by any of the above restaurants, we would be delighted to reserve a table on your behalf. 

If you have any questions and require further suggestions, please just get in touch with us using 0131 556 3840 or email 

 

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What’s on for Hogmanay – Edinburgh

Staying with us?

Get your Hogmanay Sorted, Edinburgh Style!

Dèan gàirdeachas Nollaig agus Bliadhna Ùr còmhla rinn.

 

There’s so much happening in Edinburgh for New Year but with many options it can be a little overwhelming. In light of this, we’ve made a round up of our personal favourites!

 

Street Party

 

The party starts at 7:30pm on the 31st of December

Enjoy a complimentary Johnnie Walker cocktail as you celebrate the end of a year and bring in 2020, in an unforgettable fashion. Edinburgh celebrates Hogmanay under the stars with DJ’s, Bands and Street Performers from all over the world.

When the clock strikes midnight the sky shall be lit up by an incredible firework display and the sounds of world-famous Mark Ronson. This is not an event to be missed!

 

 

Ceilidh under the Castle

Celebrations Kick off at 8:30pm on the 31st of December

Start the New Year the Scottish way at the Ceilidh under the Castle. Whirl or jig, fling or be flung under the watchful eye of Edinburgh Castle.

Join hands with old friends and new to dance in the New Year with a full ceilidh band and plenty of local food and drink to keep you spinning all night.

This year’s jigs and reels will be brought to you by some smashing ceilidh bands, to be announced!

At midnight, welcome in 2020 with a breath-taking fireworks display, amidst the historic setting of the majestic Edinburgh Castle.

 

 

Mark Ronson in the Gardens

 

Make the most of Hogmanay with Mark on 31st of December at 9:00pm

Celebrate Hogmanay in spectacular style with Grammy and Oscar Award winner Mark Ronson!

Join one of the biggest names in the music industry at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay’s for the party of a lifetime. He’s worked with pop royalty, from Stevie Wonder to Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars and now Mark Ronson will play the best tunes to thousands of party-goers at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. At midnight, say goodbye to 2019 and welcome in 2020 to the ultimate party playlist and the best views of the fireworks over Edinburgh Castle!

A ticket for Concert in the Gardens will include a wristband for access to the Street Party.

 

Torchlight Procession

 

Happens the day before Hogmanay, 7:00pm on the 30th of December

Blaze through the city accompanied by pipers and drummers, fire and fanfare and forge a river of light through the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

 

A spectacular and unforgettable family-friendly event culminating in the historic Holyrood Park.

50p from every ticket bought goes to One City Trust, fighting inequality and exclusion in the City of Edinburgh

 

 

Bairns ‘Afore

 

31st of December on the 31st at 5:00pm

The Bairns’ ‘Afore makes for the our favourite family- friendly Hogmanay experience imaginable.

Join Dick and Dom, the comedy duo from the ‘telly, playing the best tunes to get you dancing and singing along. The event is all topped off by its very own spectacular fireworks, allowing the same excitement as the adult’s street party later on. It’s the best way to celebrate as a clan and still get the kids home to bed before the madness starts.

 

Our apartments are open planned and generously sized making hosting, gathering with family & friends and making memories easy.

 

If you like the sound of any of these, our apartments are within excellent walking distance to these events.

 

Get your event tickets here.