There is nothing quite like the exuberant Hogmanay celebrations each New Year in Scotland.
Tens of thousands take to streets in the major cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow to bring in the New Year with a very Scottish flavour. A fun evening of celebrations and wonderful food reaches the New Years Eve climax with the accompaniment of a lone piper, the bells at midnight and the traditional singing of Auld Lang Syne (based on the words of famous Scot Robbie Burns).
Each area of Scotland has their own traditions and customs for Hogmanay, although perhaps the best known and most widely continued is that of First Footing. This is where you hope that the first person crossing your threshold after midnight is a tall dark stranger bearing gifts which will bring you good luck in the year ahead.
You will find Hogmanay celebrations taking place in towns all across Scotland but some of the popular bigger events can be found in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and Stirling.
We think it is a great time to visit Scotland, to fully immerse yourself in the culture, tradition and celebrations, so why not enjoy a cottage or apartment break in Scotland. We have put some suggestions together for you including close to some of these bigger Hogmanay New Year events. Cottages for Hogmanay and New Year
Edinburgh hosts a staggering 12 world class Festivals each year ranging from Jazz and Blues to Books and Films which makes Edinburgh the Festival city of the UK and the perfect place for a short break.
Like us, you have probably heard of the Edinburgh International Festival, the Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh Fringe but we have to admit we were surprised how many other wonderful events there are including the International Book and Film Festivals, Imaginate Children’s Festival, Science Festival, the Art Festival and lots more.
It’s quite a line up and although some of the best known ones are in August you will the others spread across the year.
All of this adds up to a staggering 2,500 events each year and so, it is fair to say, if there is one place you are planning to head this year for a weekend break or short break make it Edinburgh as you are sure to be well entertained.
The key dates for the Edinburgh Festivals in 2012 are:
2012 Summer Festivals
Edinburgh International Film Festival- 20 June – 1 July 2012
Edinburgh Festival Fringe- 3rd – 27th August 2012
Edinburgh International Festival- 9th Aug – 2nd Sept 2012
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival- 20th July – 29th July 2012
Edinburgh International Book Festival- 11th – 27th Aug 2012
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo- 3rd – 25th Aug 2012
Edinburgh Mela Festival- 31st Aug – 2nd Sept 2012
Edinburgh Art Festival- 2nd Aug – 2nd Sept 2012
2012 Autumn and Winter Festivals
Scottish International Storytelling Festival: 19-28 October 2012