Coupling historic cities with miles of rolling countryside and rugged coastlines, Scotland is a fantastic place to visit any time of year. However, if you fancy an extra dose of traditionalism and a chance to see Scotland at its most Scottish, it’s best to start making plans now to visit for Burns Night.
Burns Night on 25 January is Scotland’s second national day (unofficially) and is celebrated on or around Robert Burns’ birthday each year. The evening honours Scotland’s most celebrated poet, renowned across the world for his Scottish and English writings including "Tam O'Shanter" and "To a Mouse".
The focal point of Burns Night is the Burns supper, which packs in a dinner of haggis, tatties (mashed potato) and neeps (mashed turnips) and plentiful Burns readings. Traditionally the supper opens with the Selkirk Grace before the host cuts the haggis to a recital of Burns’s “Address to a Haggis”. The evening concludes with everyone singing "Auld Lang Syne" and drinking a few whiskies (what else in Scotland?).
If you fancy getting involved and seeing how the Scots do it, treat yourself to a £99 gourmet break in Dumfries & Galloway, complete with a 3-course dinner in the hotel’s 2-AA-Rosette restaurant, or this overnight escape at an award-winning hotel on the shores of Loch Awe. If you want to be more in the thick of it, how about this 4-star stay in Glasgow, a city described by Lonely Planet as one of the "most vibrant and exciting" in Scotland. Click here to see deals in Scotland.
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