Held on or around the anniversary of Burns’ birth on 25 January, the celebrations were originally started a few years after his death by some of his close friends. Nowadays, Burns Night is celebrated across the world when Burns’ life and works are commemorated with songs, recitals and tributes and a hearty feast which has haggis as its centerpiece.
You can join in with the festivities at many restaurants across Scotland that host formal Burns Night dinners or you could even organise your own Burns celebrations. Take a look at our hints and tips to help you create a memorable Burns Supper which includes a running order that details the essential elements and readings needed for a traditional celebration.
You can find out more about Robert Burns’ life and times by exploring his former homes across southern Scotland and through the fascinating collections in museums dedicated to the famous poet. A great place to start is the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum at his birthplace in the village of Alloway, on the outskirts of Ayr. This amazing complex houses the biggest and most important Burns collection in the world, including his writing set, pistols and even a cast of his skull.