In the big cities, you'll find large-scale open air concerts, street parties and spectacular fireworks welcoming 'the bells' (when the clocks chime midnight). Elsewhere, the celebrations are all about community and local events such as dinner dances, ceildhs or just parties held in neighbours' houses which get visited in turn as 'first footers' go from house to house to be the first to wish everyone a good new year.
Hogmanay and the new year is also celebrated with a number of traditional fire festivals that hark back to a more primitive age. The most spectacular of these include the Biggar Bonfire, Comrie's Flambeaux Procession and perhaps the most famous, the Stonehaven Fireball Ceremony.
Edinburgh's Hogmanay is one of the biggest and best New Year celebrations in the world. Things get underway on December 30th with the spectacular Torchlight Procession. Join thousands of torch carriers as they create a river of fire from the historic Royal Mile to the son et lumiére and fireworks finale on Calton Hill.
On Hogmanay itself, the action moves to Princes Street in the very heart of the city beneath the spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Around 80,000 people party their way into the new year at the Concert in the Gardens featuring incredible live music and entertainment, DJ’s, giant screens, outdoor bars and of course, the world-famous Edinburgh Hogmanay Midnight Fireworks on the castle ramparts.
And if you need something to clear your head the morning after, why not take part in the (literally) breathtaking Loony Dook, the annual splash in the River Forth at South Queensferry. Take part in the Dookers Parade through the High Street before taking the plunge in the freezing Forth with the iconic Forth Bridges as a backdrop. And don't forget your fancy dress!
Whatever the scale of the event and wherever it's held, Scotland's Hogmanay celebrations guarantee a warm welcome and more new friends than you ever knew you had, all in a frenzy of goodwill!