Edinburgh is officially now one of the top places to ring in the New Year in the world. Hogmanay, meaning literally the last day of the year, is more than just one night, with loads of typically Scottish events all over the city, for all ages and surprisingly extremely family friendly and definitely one for everyone’s travel bucket list.
Heres 10 photos of Hogmany’s best bits, that will have you heading to Edinburgh.
The opening event of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is the spectacular Torchlight Procession. Torch carriers create a river of fire through Edinburgh’s city centre, led by the Helly Up Vikings, up to Carlton Hill finishing with a spectacular a firework finale.
If you want to, you can be part of the torch procession, it costs approx £12 to carry a torch. One torch is recommended to share between groups of 2/3 people, just remember to wrap up warm and don’t wear anything flammable !!.
Princes Street Gardens just off the Royal Mile turns into one big Christmas Market with traditional festive fare and lashings of Mulled wine to keep out the cold.
New Year’s Eve sees one massive street party all through out Edinburgh, with traditional Scottish folk bands playing alongside superstar DJ’s and international artists taking the main stage.On the stroke of midnight fireworks are launch from the grounds of Edinburgh castle, which can be seen all over the city.
After a night of partying the night away, it’s an early start for another Scottish tradition, the Queensferry Loony Dook.
For over a quarter of a century, thousands of people have taken the New Year plunge into the icy waters of the River Forth , raising tens of thousands of pounds for charities across the UK.
It starts with the ‘Dooker Parade’ down Queensferry High Street, finishing by running or shuffling tentatively into the freezing River Forth, not one for the faint hearted!!.