Scotland’s top Hogmanay destinations

Whether you're looking to dance the night away at a ceilidh, listen to live music or simply toast your friends and family with a glass of fizz, Scotland has plenty of great ways to bring in the New Year. 

Caledonian Sleeper has rounded up some of Scotland’s top Hogmanay traditions and activities to enjoy at locations along our route.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is Scotland’s world-famous New Year festival. The three day event begins with the Torchlight Procession, where families gather to join thousands of torch carriers as they light up the capital city. The event culminates in a spectacular fireworks display. Live bands and DJs play at the renowned Street Party in the Gardens, headlined this year by The Charlatans, and all set on the stunning backdrop of the iconic Edinburgh Castle.

To welcome in 2017 Stirling is adding a new twist to its traditional New Year festivities by hosting a parade of light and sound through the city centre ending in Kings Park underneath the city’s castle. The event will be filled with music, food, carnival performers and a fireworks finale for the whole family to enjoy.

For a truly unique Hogmanay celebration, Stonehaven’s Fireball Ceremony is a must-see. This free event welcomes people of all ages to witness the traditional march of the fireball swingers, twirling burning spheres through the fishing village. This breathtaking event marks the start of the New Year and traditions dating back to the Neolithic Era. To join the celebrations take the Caledonian Sleeper’s Highland Route to Stonehaven.

Nestled along a cobbled backstreet in Glasgow’s West End, Ashton Lane offers an al-fresco party atmosphere with traditional Scottish ceilidh bands. With a collection of outdoor bars, barbeques, DJs and a laser light show, this alternative location guarantees a lively party to bring in 2017. Expect a very late night/early morning.

To round off the festive period, join A Guid New Year! family ceilidh event on-board the iconic HM Frigate Unicorn in Dundee on Tuesday 3rd January. The historic warship will host a non-stop evening filled with traditional ceilidh bands, Scottish singers and plenty of dancing for the entire family to take part in.

Wherever you go, enjoy a Hogmanay to remember with the Caledonian Sleeper.

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