11 of the best Burns Night events in Edinburgh

Find out where to enjoy your haggis, neeps and tatties this Burns night
Find out where to enjoy your haggis, neeps and tatties this Burns night
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From traditional haggis suppers to contemporary art festivals, you’ll find lots of different ways to celebrate Burns Night in Edinburgh this year, writes Gillian McDonald

Burns Supper & Ceilidh at The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant

The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant, part of the Contini restaurant group, will be hosting a traditional Burns supper with three courses of traditional Scottish fayre.

After the meal, guests can enjoy a ceilidh with live music from the house band, plus a nip of whisky to toast the Bard.

Visit: The Mound, EH2 2EL - contini.com (26-27 January)

Rabbie’s Haggis Afternoon Tea

For a new way to enjoy haggis, try Rabbie’s Haggis Afternoon Tea at The Beer Kitchen, available throughout the whole week of Burns Night.

A collaboration between famed haggis producers, Macsween, and craft beer favourites, Innis & Gunn, the afternoon tea features bites such as haggis Scotch eggs, oatmeal and nutmeg scones, and haggis-spiced chocolate truffles.

Visit: 81-83 Lothian Road, EH3 9AW - innisandgunn.com (22-28 January)

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Supper with Burns

The Scottish Storytelling Centre is hosting a Burns Supper, with plenty of the poet’s famous stories and songs being performed throughout the evening by storytellers and folk musicians.

The supper will also include a three course meal, with the traditional haggis as the centrepiece.

Visit: 43-45 High Street, EH1 1SR - tracscotland.org (24-25 January)

Red, Red Rose Street

Red, Red Rose Street is a unique festival celebrating all things Burns, with a variety of events and activities on offer for all the family.

Enjoy everything from a traditional Burns Supper at the Freemasons Hall to the Burns Comedy Show at the Basement Theatre, as well as free entertainment along Rose Street.

Visit: Rose Street, EH2 2HN - redredrosestreet.co.uk (25-27 January)

Burns Supper with Wedgwood the Restaurant

For a sophisticated twist on a Burns Supper, head to Wedgwood the Restaurant for a contemporary Scottish menu with a paired whisky flight.

The seven course tasting menu includes dishes like Douglas fir cured salmon with grapefruit, sorrel and rye, as well as a unique take on haggis - with venison haggis served alongside a loin of venison, celeriac and chocolate sauce.

Visit: 267 Canongate, EH8 8BQ - wedgwoodtherestaurant.co.uk (25 January)

Burns Unbound

The National Museum of Scotland are hosting a day full of Robert Burns-inspired entertainment on 21 January, with activities and performances suitable for the whole family.

The day will include a children’s ceilidh, traditional music, a Rabbie dress-up station, Burns-themed crafts, a Scots storybook corner, a slam poetry workshop and a performance by Loud Poets.

Visit: Chambers Street, EH1 1JF - nms.ac.uk (21 January)

Burns Night Whisky Pairing

Malmaison Edinburgh are celebrating Burns Night with a whisky pairing masterclass, offering guests the chance to sample three different whiskies.

Each whisky will be paired with a Scottish nibble, including haggis bon bons, Cranachan and local cheese.

Visit: 1 Tower Place, EH6 7BZ - malmaison.com (25-26 January)

The Ghillie Dhu Rabbie Burns Experience

Ghillie Dhu will be celebrating Burns Night with a series of traditional suppers and ceilidhs, held between 19-28 January.

Guests can enjoy a dram on arrival, followed by a four course menu – including haggis, which will be accompanied by a piper, a Robert Burns reading and the traditional toast.

The evening will finish up with a ceilidh from a live band.

Visit: 2 Rutland Street, EH1 2AD - ghillie-dhu.co.uk (19-28 January)

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Burns Night Special at The Stand

Comedy club, The Stand, will be hosting a special evening of Robert Burns-inspired comedy on 24 January.

Performers include Vladimir McTavish, Jim Smith, Wisarut Jantarasorn, Joe McTernan and Susan Morrison, and haggis, neeps and tatties will be available from the kitchen.

Visit: 5 York Place, EH1 3EB - thestand.co.uk(24 January)

Burns Unbroke

Burns Unbroke is a new contemporary arts festival, inspired by Robert Burns.

Taking place at Summerhall, the festival features the work of over 30 visual artists, including film, sculpture, print and audio/visual installations.

There’s also a programme of talks, performances and whisky masterclasses throughout the festival.

Visit: 1 Summer Place, EH9 1PL - artruist.com (25 January - 10 March)

Burns Supper at the Royal Yacht Britannia

For a luxurious Burns Supper in a unique location, head to the Royal Yacht Britannia for their traditional Scottish dinner.

Guests will be welcomed by a piper on the red carpet and can enjoy a drinks and canape reception, followed by a four course meal and a whisky tasting.

Visit: Ocean Drive, EH6 6JJ - royalyachtbritannia.co.uk (26-27 January)