Go hard or go home at Hogmanay this year

Published October 26th, 2012

Looking for the New Year’s Eve party to end all New Years Eve parties? Then you best be in Edinburgh when the clock strikes midnight for the city’s traditional Hogmanay festival; one of the biggest New Year celebrations in the world.


Why go?

Hogmanay isn’t just your usual countdown and fireworks celebration. Yes there are fireworks, lots of them in fact, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. At Hogmanay you can enjoy a festival vibe at the street party, see world class acts like Blondie, Kasabian or Groove Armada at the Concert in the Gardens and experience true Scottish culture at the Keilidh, an outdoor concert showcasing traditional music, food and drinks.

Hogmanay in Edinburgh

The bright lights at Hogmanay


What not to miss?

If time allows, arrive in Edinburgh the day before New Year’s Eve to see the Torchlight Procession. The traditional procession completely lights up the city, presenting a magnificent site and atmosphere. The procession is then followed by a fireworks display.


The hangover cure?

The fun in Hogmanay doesn’t just stop after the last firework. On New Year’s Day Edinburgh hosts The Loony Dock, where hundreds of absolutely mad and extremely hung-over people don silly costumes and go for a splash in the River Forth. The freezing 25 year old tradition is the ultimate way to bounce back from your hangover and start 2013 with a spring in your step.


Best way to visit?  

If you’ve never been, while not tackle the mammoth New Year’s Eve festival with one of our Hogmanay tours? On you a tour your accommodation, some meals, tickets and extra activities will be taken care of for you, leaving you to simply enjoy yourself and party hard with your new tour friends at Hogmanay.



Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.