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, and special guests including 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!
When the clock strikes midnight, gather your friends and family to raise a toast to a brighter year. Blow the cobwebs away on New Year’s Day with a wide range of family events including Sprogmanay which features fun activities including family ceilidhs.
Scotland's biggest free Hogmanay celebration can be found in the capital of the Highlands, Inverness. The family-friendly Red Hot Highland Fling will be celebrating this year on the banks of the River Ness in Northern Meeting Park, with music, fireworks and more here to entertain the crowds for Inverness Hogmanay.
In Stonehaven they really turn up the heat at New Year! One of many winter fire festivals unique to Scotland, this 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 bravery for the ultimate 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 South Lanarkshire 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 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. Aberdeen Hogmanay won't disappoint!
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, smouldering well into the next day. The origins of the festival 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!
Like many of Scotland's famous fire festivals, the Comrie Flambeaux is likely to be pagan in origin - when fire was used to warn away evil spirits of the old year - but no one in this Perthshire village is certain of when it first began. On New Year's Eve, eight or so lit torches, some nearly 10 ft in height, parades around the small village at midnight. Comrie's Hogmanay will see the procession accompanied by music, people in fancy dress and general merriment and celebration before the torches are thrown into the River Earn.