How to Celebrate Burns Night

Scottish men are said to be the sexiest men in the world… Not sure that is 100% accurate, but who doesn’t like to see men in kilts? I recommend you gather your girlfriends and hit the bars on Friday night as Burns Night will lure out all the hunky Scots!

Burns Night is celebrated on the 25th January in the memory of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. The celebrations include (a lot of) whisky, plenty of food and overall partying, anything from boozy dinners to a traditional ceilidh. Show me the kilts!

During a traditional Burns Night meal, there is a lot of fuss around haggis. They pipe the haggis in and raise a toast to it. Obviously, there is haggis, neeps and tatties on the menu. Vegetarians can enjoy veggie haggis. I have previously tried both versions and I recommend you do too; both are very tasty!

If you are not too fussed about the traditional method of celebrating Mr Burns, there are plenty of other ways to get your party on.

1 Whisky tasting

Whisky is a huge part of Burns Night, so why not take part in a tasting in one of the many whisky bars/pubs around, or head over to a distillery?

If you need some ideas, check The Scotch Malt Whisky Society for a range of events (Europe wide). Alternatively, see their latest outturn for special Burns Night bottlings.


2 Poetry readings

Maybe not the most exciting way to celebrate, but nonetheless an important part of the event. A good option for the dry January bores.

3 Ceilidh

Seek out a ceilidh and learn to dance like a true Scot. The ceilidh band will play several instruments and sing, sometimes even tell stories. Enjoy some whisky or Scottish gin to get the courage to hit the dance floor. If you feel like you were born with two left feet (like me!) do not worry, your fellow dancers will get you moving in no time. A fun night (and men in kilts) guaranteed!

4 Organise your own dinner party

Impress your guests by cooking your take on Scottish food – anything from salmon to beef pies and Cullen skink. Add a few whisky cocktails and tablet or cranachan for dessert. Don’t forget to wear tartan. If you are not a fan of whisky I am sure you will be forgiven if you serve refreshing G&Ts… Don’t forget to toast the lassies!


5 Burns-themed pub quiz

Many pubs organise special quiz nights to suit the event. Get ready to answer questions about Celtic traditions and the making of haggis. January is made for pub nights, especially if you can find a pub with a fire. Enjoy a pint and a chaser (that’s whisky in case you weren’t sure…) and have a laugh with friends.

Hope you have a great Burns Night!! I would love to hear about your plans. Tell me more by leaving a comment below.

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