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)
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)
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 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)