Scotland's Hogmanay celebrations guarantee a warm welcome and more new friends than you ever knew you had, all in a frenzy of goodwill! At midnight, sing along with Auld Lang Syne. For an unforgettable Hogmanay break, it's got to be Scotland.
Hogmanay in Edinburgh
When it comes to Hogmanay, Edinburgh certainly knows how to put on a show, whether it's the famous Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party, toe-tapping ceilidhs or live musical performances in Princes Street Gardens.
This year Edinburgh's Hogmanay is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a jam-packed programme full of events. Watch the city streets come to life with the much-loved Torchlight Procession showcasing the very best street theatre and fire performers, pipe bands and drummers. Special guests will include the Vikings from Shetland’s South Mainland Up Helly Aa’ Jarl Squad.
Book your tickets for the events that take your fancy, from the Concert in the Gardens and the Night Afore Disco Party - you'll be in for a festive few days to celebrate Edinburgh's New Year in style!
The family-friendly Red Hot Highland Fling will be celebrating again this year in Inverness. Meet on the banks of the River Ness in Northern Meeting Park, for music, fireworks and more at Inverness Hogmanay.
In Stonehaven they really turn up the heat at New Year! One of many winter fire festivals unique to Scotland, the Stonehaven Fireballs parade in Aberdeenshire is a powerful spectacle to behold. It's a free Hogmanay event which has been celebrated for over 100 years and it always attracts a large crowd.
Traditionally, it was a cleansing ritual to burn off any bad spirits left from the old year so that the New Year can begin clean and purified. Watch in awe as the piper leads the procession marching down the street just before midnight as they swing balls of fire above their head in the ultimate test of skill for Stonehaven Hogmanay.
An enormous pile of wood gradually starts to stack up in Biggar town centre in the final weeks of the year in preparation for the town's own New Year celebration. Lit at 9.30pm on New Year's Eve, Biggar Bonfire sees the welcoming of a New Year by the South Lanarkshire townsfolk in a warm, fiery glow.
Drams in Dufftown
Dufftown in Speyside is known as the 'malt whisky capital of the world'. While most of its New Year celebrations are much the same as you would find in small towns and villages up and down the country, it has its own special twist. After the annual Hogmanay ceilidh at a local hotel, the community gathers in The Square where drams of whisky and pieces of shortbread are shared out to see in the bells, courtesy of the local Glenfiddich distillery and Walkers biscuit factory. Slainte!
For something a little different, enjoy a traditional Hogmanay ceilidh at the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen, with music from the Hipflask Ceilidh Band.
Burghead's Burning of the Clavie
The residents of Burghead in Moray don't celebrate their New Year on 31 December. Instead, they ignore the Gregorian calendar introduced in the 1750s and continue to celebrate 'old Hogmanay' on 11 January instead. They parade the clavie - a wooden barrel filled with wooden staves - through the town before setting it alight on a nearby hill, leaving it to smoulder well into the next day. The origins of the Burning of the Clavie are subject to debate, but as it takes place later than the official New Year's Eve, it's the perfect excuse to celebrate twice!
Calling all Barbies and Kens! Boom Battle Bar at St Enoch Centre in Glasgow will be transforming into a pink utopia this New Year’s Eve. Enjoy a pink themed cocktail menu, unlimited gaming and get ready to dance the night away with the resident DJ playing all your favourite songs.
Head to Stirling for Hogmanay at the Halls and enjoy live music from Talisk and Blazin' Fiddles in the city's Albert Halls. Elsewhere, Stirling Distillery is holding their first-ever Hogmanay celebration.
Spend Hogmanay in a site where there has been a home of some sort since Viking times. Skeabost Hotel, a 10 minute drive from Portree, is offering two or three night house party packages. Packages include a Champagne reception, live entertainment, dancing, fireworks and of course a piper!
Kelso, Scottish Borders
Bring in the New Year with SCHLOSS Roxburghe’s Hogmanay offering. Arrive in style with a glamorous canapé and Champagne reception followed by a five-course gala dinner on New Year’s Eve. Get ready for the countdown to 2024 with live music and a Scottish piper. During the bells, watch the impressive fireworks display on the estate. The fun doesn’t stop on New Year’s Day either. Dig into a traditional breakfast before getting stuck into a range of outdoor experiences from clay pigeon shooting to archery.