Why would you choose a New Year break in Scotland? Well, no other nation in the world celebrates the New Year with quite as much revelry and passion as Scotland does, and it's hardly surprising that the enormous Hogmanay celebration that engulfs the country is legendary the world over.
Hogmanay is what we Scots call New Year's Eve - 31 December - the big night that marks the arrival of the new year. Its origins reach back to the celebration of the winter solstice among the Vikings with wild parties in late December.
But 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! At midnight, sing along with Auld Lang Syne. For an unforgettable Hogmanay break, it's got to be Scotland.
Hogmanay in Edinburgh
Edinburgh's Hogmanay - When it comes to Hogmanay, Edinburgh certainly knows how to put on a show whether it's the enchanting torchlight procession, the famous Edinburgh Hogmanay street party and spectacular firework display or a toe-tapping ceilidh and concert in Princes Street Gardens.
This year Edinburgh Hogmanay 2021 is back together and celebrating the start of a new year in person! From the 29 December 2021 - 1 January 2022 join in with a whole host of events, parades, parties and more.
Book your tickets for the events that take your fancy, from the Party at the Bells and the Torchlight Procession, to performances from Dougie Maclean, Eddi Reader and Breabach, to name a few - you'll be in for a festive few days to celebrate Edinburgh's New Year 2021 in style!
When the clock strikes midnight, gather your friends and family to raise a toast to a much brighter 2022!
What to look forward to at Hogmanay 2021
In 2021, enjoy three days of fantastic atmosphere and unforgettable memories. It must be experienced to be believed!
30 December - Torchlight procession
Join the revellers and get the party started! In Scotland, New Year's carousing gets underway when thousands of torch-bearers join Up Helly Aa's Vikings, pipes and drums. Together, they march through the heart of Edinburgh with flaming torches, creating a river of fire down the historic Royal Mile to Holyrood Park for the finale and closing celebrations. Book tickets now!
31 December - Hogmanay Street Party
Princes Street welcomes the merrymakers to one of the greatest events on the planet (and we mean it!) - Party at the Bells. Set beneath the spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, dance the night away with Street Access or at the Gardens Concert, featuring incredible live music, entertainment, DJs, giant screens, and outdoor bars.
As the bells strike midnight, admire the world-famous Edinburgh Hogmanay Midnight Fireworks on the castle ramparts. And make sure you don't leave before Auld Lang Syne - a national sing-along where you join hands with friends you just met from across the globe in its biggest rendition in the world.
1 January - The Loony Dook
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! Or you could just sleep in.