Come the 25th of this month every self respecting Scot will be raising a dram or three to the memory of Robbie Burns. Millions make an annual pilgrimage north of the border to celebrate the birthday of the country's most famous poet and here are 10 of the best places to celebrate Burns Night in Scotland.



This small town in Ayrshire is the birthplace of Robert Burns and the locals go all out to celebrate the birthday of their most famous son. Those who choose to celebrate the event in their own homes enjoy a traditional Burns supper.


The Scottish capital has venues across the city which mark Burns night. Anyone planning a short break to Edinburgh to include Burns night has a vast choice of options to don their tartan and tuck into some delicious haggis. Auld Reekie certainly knows how to party and what better excuse than Burn's birthday?


The traditional Burns night fayre enjoys an extra addition in this town thanks to the inclusion of their signature dish; the Arbroath Smokie. This delicious smoked haddock brings something extra to the table and deserves it place amongst the best Scottish dishes on offer on Burns night.



Those who want traditional elements combined with modern entertainment should head for the Big Burns Supper festival in North West Dumfries. After your fill of haggis you can rock away burns nights with the cream of Scottish entertainment. The confirmed line up for 2015 includes Craig Hill, Hue and Cry and Innocence. Add into the mix the awesome Burns parade and carnival and this is not one to miss.


The Hydro is the venue for the Glasgow winter festival Celtic Connections. Held on Burns Night to cater for modern Scots who want to combine the tradition of piping in the haggis with more contemporary celebrations, this festival has expanded over the years and is now the UK's biggest celebration of Celtic music.


A charity fund raising ceilidh in Cumbernauld near Falkirk is the big attraction in the area this Burns Night. Held at the Westerwood Hotel and Golf resort this offers a real taste of tradition for those who want to embrace Burns Night and everything it has to offer.

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Every January 25th Aberdonians join the rest of the world in celebrating Burns Night by going all out to offer both residents and visitors a vast and varied choice of events. As well as the traditional suppers there are dinner dances, ceilidhs and, of course, poetry readings. One thing that ties all of these together is the customary drams of finest whisky; cheers!


The Burns Night annual dinner held at Salutation Hotel in Perth is one of the best in the country and a highlight of the Perth social calender. An altogether classier affair with entertainment provided in the form of famous classical singers, this is an evening steeped in tradition that ticks all the boxes.


The picturesque fishing village of Eyemouth celebrates Burns Night in more laid back manner than the larger cities in keeping with the ambience of this charming town. There are a few formal gatherings but many choose to celebrate the night with family and friends.


The west coast resort of Oban is a lovely place to visit any time of year, and Burns Night is something pretty special. The majority of hotels in and around Oban offer their guests an evening to remember allowing then to sample the best of Scottish hospitality and tradition.

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