With Burns Night celebrations taking place across the country, it’s time to dust off sporrans, press kilts and celebrate the life of the Scottish poet in style.
Caledonian Sleeper has compiled a list of the country’s best spots to toast the 18th century bard’s birthday in January. With plenty of live musical entertainment, traditional dishes and good company, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Kick off your Burns Night celebrations with Caledonian Sleeper ,which is honouring the bard with readings of poems in the comfort of the lounge car on board the London to Edinburgh service on Wednesday 25 January. Guests can sit down to a plate of Scotland’s national dish of haggis, neeps and tatties before topping it off with a wee dram of whisky and waking up refreshed the next morning to start their Scottish adventure
In Inverness, travellers waiting to board the departing London bound service in Caledonian Sleeper’s Guest Lounge can pay tribute, with a bagpipe serenade seeing them off as they leave their ‘Heart in the Highlands’ and head south.
Join the city of Inverness in ‘addressing the haggis’ with a celebratory supper at Glen Mhor Hotel in Inverness, located a short walk from Inverness railway station. Hosted on Saturday 28 January, visitors can tuck into a traditional meal before putting on their dancing shoes and enjoying a ceilidh and live Scottish music.
Spend an evening in Scotland’s oldest public museum, The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow, for its Night at the Museum: Extending Burns Heritage event on Friday 27 January. The event will feature recently uncovered works from the national Bard including manuscripts discovered in the past ten years. Visitors will also have the chance to experience stunning light installations, live performances and a pop-up shop, as well as wonder at the museum’s impressive collections. Booking is required.
Held in the Adamson in St Andrews from 6pm – 7pm on Friday 27 January, the Robert Burns and the Scots Tradition event is hosted by Scottish writer and broadcaster, Billy Kay. Exploring the social and political history of the Scots language, the event will offer attendees the chance to learn more about everything from the 16th century court poetry of Dunbar to 20th century Scottish renaissance language. Make the most of the evening with Caledonian Sleeper’s complimentary transfer service to the town centre from St Andrews railway station.
Be part of the festivities and mark the Bard’s birthday with Caledonian Sleeper.