Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014/2015
Hogmanay is the Scottish celebration of the last day of the year, more commonly celebrated as New Year’s Eve for the rest of the world. Celebrations last throughout the night and have been known to go on until 2nd January, which is a national bank holiday in Scotland. Each area of Scotland will have its local rituals and traditional way to celebrate, none more so than Edinburgh. The main attraction is the world famous Hogmanay street party. This event is ticketed but well worth the investment as it has been listed in the ‘Top things to do before you die’ and is televised everywhere from the UK to Australia. Thousands of people line the streets to listen to top music acts such as Mark Ronson and Friendly Fires, as well as circus entertainers, live theatre and much more. With plenty of street food stalls and drinks kiosks, there is everything that you need to end the year in style.
Before the street party you can gear up for the fun by joining in with the torch light procession that heads through the streets of Edinburgh until it reaches a fantastic fireworks finale. This event is ticketed and takes place on Tuesday 30th December. If music is more your thing then you can head to ‘Concert in the Garden ‘, a spectacular show full of music and fireworks. This year, the headline act is Lily Allen, with plenty more acts being announced before the 31st December gig.
What to expect at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay?
Events lined for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014-2015 are as following :
- Torchlight Procession, Tuesday 30 December 2014 : Opening event of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2014/15
- Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party, Wednesday 31 December : It is the only festival to appear in the ‘Discovery Channel – Top 25 World Travel Experiences’, also known to be one of the world’s greatest New Year celebrations.
- The Keilidh at the Street Party, Wednesday 31 December 2014… into the New Year Experience the very best in traditional Scottish music
- Concert in the Gardens, Wednesday 31 December : The Music & Firework Spectacular event featuring Lily Allen
If you want to extend your stay, there is lots to do in Edinburgh, with plenty of city tours available, including the great Haggis Adventures. You can choose from walking tours of the city, a trip to the Edinburgh Winter Festival or even day trip to the highlands. If you do not want to be tied into a tour, there is plenty to see on foot, with trips to Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Museum a must.
How to Reach
A drive from London will take 7 hours via the M6, so an overnight stop may be required. Alternatively, you can take a train from Victoria that will take just about 4.5 hours. Flights from budget airlines may be your best option, with flights from Heathrow to Edinburgh taking just over one hour and costing around £70.
Where to Stay
Hotels in the city center book up very early on, so if you have not booked already be prepared to call around and do expect a hike in rates. The Balmoral Hotel is a popular tourist choice, as is Prestonfield, if you are looking for a regal stay. There are plenty of budget hotel chains in the city, if you are simply looking for a base to stay and there are good quality B&B’s in and around the city. Number 29 and 14 Hart Street are both boutique B&B’s that offer style and comfort and both are just a stone’s throw away from the street party.
Visit Edinburgh this winter and be a part of the world’s greatest New Year celebrations !
Stay tuned for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2015/2016 celebrations.