January 25th is the birthday of Scotland’s National Poet, Robert Burns, and there are ample opportunities in Edinburgh this year to celebrate, pay homage – and indulge!
Here are some which caught our eye:
Whiski Bar on the Royal Mile are offering a traditional Burns Supper tonight; with live folk music from fiddle band Footstomping to add to the atmosphere.
Further down the Mile, The Tass bar is holding a similar event in conjunction with the neighbouring Scottish Storytelling Centre; accompanied as you might expect by traditional Scots storytelling rather than music.
Later in the week, on Thursday 28th, Rabbies Girls aim to inject some ‘feminine fun’ into the traditional Burns night tradition, with an event at the George Hotel in aid of the Royal Blind which may have Rabbie birlin’ in his grave…(though I suspect he would be secretly delighted..!)
If you’d like to recreate the Burns Supper at home instead of going out, you’ll need two essentials: “the chieftain o’ the pudding-race ” and some “guid auld Scotch drink ” (haggis and whisky)!
Edinburgh’s best haggis is provided by local institution MacSween’s, who have been experts in the creation of Scotland’s national dish for over 150 years. They even offer a meat-free haggis option for vegetarians (or simply for folk who can’t “stomach” the traditional ingredients…!)
Get a taste of the national tipple at the Scotch Whisky Experience, an award-winning tourist attraction at the top of the Royal Mile which has an impressive shop filled with over 300 different varieties of the drink.
If food and drink aren’t on your agenda, you can still visit the Writers’ Museum, which contains many items of Burns memorabilia, including his writing desk. It’s a fascinating museum, tucked away in Lady Stair’s Close behind the Royal Mile, and contains many exhibits on other famous Scots literary giants, including Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.
However you decide to mark the occasion, Edinburgh Spotlight hope you enjoy yourself!
“Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it,
But we hae meat and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thankit.”