Edinburgh Hogmanay Tips – by You

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Torchlight Procession

We asked VisitScotland’s Facebook community for their Edinburgh’s Hogmanay tips – especially since this year, 21 #Blogmanay bloggers are attending! For many of the guys it’s their first time celebrating New Year’s in Scotland!

Here are our community’s top 5 tips for spending Hogmanay in Edinburgh:

(1) Be prepared!

Have all info that you need before you go out. An obvious one but easily forgotten! The full programme can be downloaded from the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay website and that’s your best starting point. As Lizz Rennie put it on our page:

“Make sure you know what areas you can and cannot get into before and after certain times, for parking and walking, pace yourself”

(2) Wrap up warm

The need to stay warm was mentioned by a good few people. Layered clothing is always a good strategy – it means you can add / remove layers depending on how comfortable you feel! Margauz Palmiere put it like this:

“Dress warm, wear comfy shoes & enjoy the best New Year ever. Enjoy.”

(3) Take part in Hogmanay events!

In Scotland, Hogmanay isn’t just what happens on New Year’s Eve! This blog post’s header image, for example, is from the amazing Torchlight Procession that takes place on the 30th December, kicking off the celebrations in Edinburgh. And New Year’s Eve itself always has a great selection of concerts, bands and events alongside its world-famous Street Party! Here’s a full Edinburgh’s Hogmanay event list to help with your planning. An idea for what events to take in as a first-timer was suggested by The Scott Apartment:

“Wrap up warm for the street party and head for the keilidh for a whirl with your friends. Then join those in The Loony Dook on New Years Day for the ultimate hangover cure.”

(4) Try Whisky! But spell it correctly :P

Several people on our Facebook page thought that Whisky was a key ingredient of a Scottish Hogmanay! We quite agree. When someone subsequently spelt the word with an ‘e’, our community was quick to point out its correct spelling. Whisky is after all Scotland’s national drink and a great source of pride! Let’s hear it from Stevie Scotland:

“ALSO IT’S WHISKY which is spelt without the letter E in Scotland and it’s where whisky was made 1st in the World .. and is Scotlands No 1 Export to the World”

(5) Enjoy Scottish hospitality

Last but not least – it’s about the people! Hogmanay is how Scots celebrate the New Year in Scotland and we want you to join in and have a good time wherever you are – not just in Edinburgh! There are Glasgow Hogmanay events and New Year’s celebrations taking place all around the country. At all of these, take the opportunity to meet and have a blether with Scots and you’re bound to be made very welcome!

Here are some final words from Margaret Reid, who summed it up perfectly:

“Enjoy your wee selves. Take in the hospitality, the awesome scenery and the way we celebrate New year up here.”

If you’ve any other tips or would like to share your Scotland Hogmanay stories, let us know in the comments!

 

Image: Torchlight Procession, 30th Dec 12, credit: Chris Watt

 

 

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Simone Kurtzke

Social Media Manager at VisitScotland
Originally from Germany, I fell in love with Scotland 12 years ago and have been shouting about the country ever since! Passionate about data, online communities, and cats.

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  • Susan McNaughton

    My top tip would be “Book Early”. Guests often book up to 2 years in advance to secure their stay in Edinburgh. Also, “stay longer”. Don’t just whizz in, watch the fireworks and leave. Lots to explore no matter what time of year you visit Edinburgh.