Hogmanay is a unique Scottish tradition that sees millions of people flocking to cities all over Scotland to ring in the new year. Hogmanay is what Scots call New Year's Eve - 31 December - the big night that marks the arrival of the new year. Its origins reach back to the celebration of the winter solstice among the Vikings with wild parties in late December.

There are several key events that usually take place including a torchlight procession, street party, bonfires, festivals and fireworks. While many of these may not be safe to go ahead this year, you can still take part in some of the Hogmanay traditions from the safety and comfort of your home.

First Footing

This tradition is rumoured to bring prosperity and luck to a household in the new year. Whoever is the first to cross the threshold in the new year, traditionally a dark-haired male must bring several gifts with them. These symbolic gifts can vary but usually include a coin, coal, shortbread, salt, bread and whisky. 

This delicious, crumbly and truly irresistible Scottish shortbread is made by the Duncan family near the Cairn O’Mount Mountain in Royal Deeside. It is still made from the Duncan’s own family recipe and is hand baked to a light perfection.

We have a fantastic range of whisky to choose from. With rich, peaty flavours Lagavulin Islay Single Malt 16 year old Scotch whisky receives the slowest distillation of any Islay malt. Spending 16 years in old oak casks, it is then bottled to offer a smokey taste and a long, ambrosial finish.

Traditional Hogmanay Dinner

Food served during Hogmanay includes lots of traditional Scottish items. Haggis is a popular New Year’s Eve dish and it consists of sheep’s pluck (heart, liver and lungs), filled with a mixture of oats, suet and spices.

This Scotch haggis from Stahly’s is a traditional masterpiece, made from the original Stahly family recipe. Winner of the Guild of Fine Foods Great Taste Gold Award, it is made with a blend of lamb, oatmeal and seasoning. Serve your haggis with neeps (parsnips) and tatties (potato) to complete the traditional Hogmanay meal.

If you aren’t a fan of haggis then there are lots of delicious alternatives to enjoy. Cock-a-leekie soup is a popular option that is made with leeks, peppered chicken stock, and a small amount of rice. Delicious, thick and creamy it will be sure to go down a treat on a cold winter's evening. Another hearty old-fashioned favourite is steak pie!

The perfect finishing touch to this tradition meal would be Tipsy laird, a Scottish trifle dessert made with all the usual ingredients as well as the addition of whisky or Drambuie.

Scottish Hampers

From the traditional smooth taste of Scotch whisky to sharp cheeses, our Scottish Hampers have been specially designed to display all of the great tastes of Scotland in one place. The perfect way to discover something new and the ideal accompaniment to Hogmanay spent at home.

The Edinburgh Hamper

Enjoy a true taste of Scotland's capital with this amazing Edinburgh Hamper. Your senses will come alive with our range of sweet Scottish treats, making this the perfect gift for those who love the vibrant nature of this amazing city.

Whisky Salmon (Bradan is Gruth) Hamper

An old Gaelic term for the traditional mixture of Highland crowdie with proper Scottish smoked salmon, our Whisky Salmon Hamper provides all you need to prepare an authentic helping of Bradan is Gruth.

Hearty Hamper

The Hearty Hamper is a succulent selection of Scottish produce that is guaranteed to quell any ravenous appetite. A mix of delicious smoked meat, cheese and chocolate, this hamper is a fine example of artisan Scottish food and drink makers.

Whisky Miniatures Hamper

The small but perfectly formed little bottles of this Whisky Miniatures Hamper feature the finest flavours of Scottish whisky. It will make a wonderfully attractive gift, sure to be appreciated by the Scotch whisky enthusiast who can enjoy this lovely selection box at their leisure.

After Dinner Treats Gift Hamper

The After Dinner Treats Gift Hamper is a great little gift which will help your evening to continue with fantastic flavour. Offering everything needed for the perfect relaxed evening, this hamper is a wonderful way to unwind after a long day. 

We hope you are able to enjoy Hogmanay this year. You can find our entire range of delicious Scottish hampers here.

Post By Rosie Burnman

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