Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

If you are planning to celebrateNew Year’s eve on foreign shores this year then I insist that you consider the Edinburgh Hogmanay Festival. It is by far one of the most wild and wonderful way to bring in a new year!

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Thousands of people descend upon the old streets of Edinburgh to part take in a massive street party which includes one of the most astounding fireworks display with the Edinburgh castle as a backdrop. Enjoy the torch-light processions, live concerts, magic shows, comic acts, folk dances… there’s something for everyone. Join hands with your friends and everyone else to sing Burn’s Auld Lang Syne and if like me you don’t know the words just mouth any ol’ song along.

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At the stroke of midnight be prepared to be backslapped, hugged and kissed by complete strangers. Yes, the Scots are friendly folks and the revelry is all in good taste.

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And when you feel peckish there are innumerable food stalls and pubs to choose from. Remember, the more you get drunk the more you shall bond with Scotland!

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A word of caution, if you plan to spend the night in Edinburgh book a room well in advance as the hotels get filled up very early in the year… or else be prepared to sleep in the car, like I did.

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