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Burns Night in Scotland

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The Man Himself

On the 25th of January we celebrate the birth of our national poet and beloved bard Robert Burns.  With a variety of suppers and events, we remember his life and works through traditional Scottish dinners and drinks as well as with educational panels and events. 

Read on for our picks on the best ways to remember this true legend.


A Bit of History

Robert Burns was born on the 25th of January in 1759.  He lived only 37 short years, but he left an indelible mark on Scotland and the world.  The son of a farmer, Burns published his first book of poetry in 1786 to much acclaim.

The best known poet who wrote in the Scots language, he also used his wit to write biting social commentary in English and penned such classics as Auld Lang Syne and A Red, Red Rose. 

Throughout the years he gained fame across the world, counting Abraham Lincoln among his fans and even being named the People’s poet of Russia!

Although he lived and died before the true peak of the Romantic movement in the mid 1800s, he is widely regarded as one of its foremost pioneers and left a mark on modern literature and the arts that can’t be understated.


Burns' first volume of poetry


What to Do

Two Bards: Burns and Shakespeare at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway

Held on Saturday January 16th

This event is a joint effort between the Glasgow University Center for Robert Burns Studies and the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Join scholars and historians for an event dedicated to the life and works of the two legendary writers, one the national poet of Scotland and the other of England.  This event includes a full day of talks and panels (as well as tea breaks and lunch of course).

Considered the first event to thoroughly examine the influence of Shakespeare upon Burns and the roles each played in the development of the culture and national identity in their respective countries.

Not to be missed, get tickets HERE

 The Burns Museum

Burns Suppers

Perhaps you want to do something a little less scholarly and a little more… FOOD. 

So, if you don’t feel like hosting your own Burns supper at home, and we don’t blame you by the way, there are plenty around to attend.

Head over to the Scotsman Hotel in Edinburgh for a night of traditional fare artfully created by head chef Paul Hart.  You can expect three courses of classic Scottish dishes like Haggis and Cock a Leekie.

Reserve your spot HERE

The Scotsman Hotel


At the Sottish Storytelling Centre, also in Edinburgh, a whole week of great events will unfold, culminating in a traditional supper and ceilidh. 

There’s a Burn’s for Beginners class where you can hear his wonderful works performed with musical accompaniment followed by discussion and context. 

Billed as “the show about Burns that Burns would want you to see” this one’s perfect for those not too familiar with the bard who want to learn in a fun and unfussy environment. 

Get info and tickets for all the events at the centre HERE

The Scottish Storytelling Centre, Photo Credit: Katherine 


At the Ghillie Dhu in Edinburgh, you can sit down for a delicious Burns Supper in their stunning event space. 

Note: This one’s for those looking for a dinner that’s a bit more upscale.

View their official brochure and make a reservation HERE

Whatever you decide to do to celebrate the life of our beloved Robert Burns, we hope you enjoy it!


What though on hamely fare we dine,

Wear hoddin grey, an' a that;

Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine;

A Man's a Man for a' that



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