Spending the New Year break in Scotland is more than just a holiday, it is a celebration. The image of Hogmanay in Scotland spread across the world on TV or by social media is of fireworks going off above Edinburgh Castle and a massive party going.
To be part of this, here is our guide on where to attend a party to see out the old year and welcome in the New Year in the traditional way.
1. Be a guest at the biggest street party in Scotland
The Edinburgh Street Party, attended by around 100,000 people is the biggest event in Scotland. Official celebrations are spread out across three days, with ceilidhs, events, the Hogmanay party on Princess Street and fireworks, followed by New Year’s Day events, such as the “Loony Dook” at South Queensferry beside the Forth Rail Bridge.
2. Feel the magic of Fire
In Stonehaven, there is a fireball ceremony through the street, which takes place at midnight, when the fireballs are lit and the handlers emerge to swing these fire-balls in ancient style down to the harbour.
3. Be part of a castle celebration
In Stirling, there is a firework display at Stirling Castle. With the backdrop of the impressive castle, there are various local events in Stirling, which culminates in fireworks from the castle itself.
4. Party like it’s 1999
Party in George Square in Glasgow with dancing and fireworks. The friendly city of Glasgow gets the party started in George Square with live music, dancing, food and drink, as well as a firework display.
5. Enjoy a Free Concert
In Inverness, there is the “red Hot Highland Fling”, which is a free concert at the Northern Meeting park followed by fireworks. A relatively recent event, this is one that is growing in popularity.
6. Attend organised fireworks display
Aberdeen offers a programme of events and a firework display, which is traditionally set off from His Majesty’s Theatre, allowing it be seen throughout Aberdeen.
7.Enjoy a West Coast Celebration
In Oban, there is no official public gathering to see in the bells, but there is always a party atmosphere with the local ferries and boats sounding a fanfare of fog horns creating a celebratory start to the New Year.
8. Have a Knees up!
Join the free ceilidh and street parade on New Year’s day in the centre of Pitlochry, with music, pipe band, food and drink in a traditional welcome to the New Year.
9. Join the Locals
Pretty much every village and town has a gathering in the square to welcome in the New Year, from Comrie to Melrose, so wherever you stay in Scotland, there is an event near you.
10. Make your own party
New Year in Scotland is a time to spend with friends and family, sharing quality time, laughing together, eating and drinking, and time to let your hair down with a party or three. The first thing to organise is where you are staying and one of the best things to do is to book a large holiday house on a self-catering basis so you can all be in the same place.
At Scotts Castle Holidays there is a great selection of Scottish holiday houses and a designated Christmas and New Year page to choose from. Once your group is gathered together in one place then the planning can start for your very own Hogmanay.