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Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

December 20th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Events - (Comments Off on Edinburgh’s Hogmanay)

The World’s Best Street Party

Edinburgh Hogmanay

Hogmanay is the Scottish word for New Year in Scotland. Hogmanay in Edinburgh has evolved into a Winter Festival that takes place annually between the 29 December – 1st January.

Scotland’s popularity for a New Year (Hogmanay) destination grows every year, and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is  renowned for being one of the best Hogmanay parties in the world! The street party sees thousands of people from across the world gather together below the spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle to celebrate the start of a New Year.

Torchlight Procession 29th of December

A 15,000 strong crowd carrying torches and wearing blonde wigs march from the Edinburgh Old Town down to Princes Street, along Waterloo Place and up to the ancient Edinburgh meeting ground Calton Hill, where they follow Vikings and Scotsmen dragging a ship up Calton Hill.

After arriving on Calton hill fireworks are set off and the blazing flames from the ship light up the night sky when the ship is put to the torch.

Night Afore Fiesta 30th of December

A free family-orientated event of the highland kind. Music, dance and street theatre take place in a carnival atmosphere in a warm up to Edinburgh’s New Years Eve Party.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party 31st of December

When midnight strikes a huge dazzling fire works display is launched in to the night sky from Edinburgh castle and 6 other sites through out Edinburgh. The street party takes place on Princess Street and in Princess Street Gardens, with Live Music on Several Stages. The event includes pipe bands, street theatre, an amazing fireworks display and much more.

National Galleries of Scotland

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The National Galleries of Scotland

The National Gallery of Scotland is located in the middle of Princes Street. An elaborate edifice, it stands on the ‘Mound’ between the two sections of Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens.The archive and study facilities at the National Gallery include the Prints and Drawings Collection of over 30,000 works on paper, from the early Renaissance to the late nineteenth century; and the reference-only research library, which is available to the general public.
The library covers the period from 1300 to 1900 and holds approximately 50,000 volumes of books, journals, slides, and photographs, as well as archived material relating to the collections, exhibitions and history of the National Gallery.

Our Dynamic Earth

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Dynamic Earth

The Dynamic Earth is a state-of-the-art science museum dedicated to Mother Earth with interactive exhibitions and activities about earthquakes, volcanoes, icebergs, rainforests and dinosaurs. It is a perfect indoor activity for the whole family. Located just behind the Scottish Parliament building, near the Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat, it also benefits from a stunning set for a family day out.

Scottish Parliament

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The Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament is located opposite Holyrood Palace in a modern building designed by the Catalan architect Enric Miralles.

You can see Parliament in action or explore it on a free guided tour that lasts one hour and usually includes a visit to the Debating Chamber. Please note that booking in advance is advised and may be essential for First Minister’s Question Time on Thursdays and for guided tours. For more information please visit Scottish Parliament website.

Scott Monument in Princes Street

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The Scott Monument

The Scott Monument is a Victorian Gothic monument built to honour the famous Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It stands in Princes Street Gardens and is opposite Jenners department store. The tower is 61.1 metres tall, and the small viewing deck near the top gives a panoramic view of central Edinburgh and its surroundings. This is reached by a narrow spiral staircase with 287 steps. It is built from Binnie shale; the oil which continues to leech from it has helped to glue the notoriously filthy atmosphere of Victorian Edinburgh (then nicknamed “Auld Reekie” — old smokey) to the tower, leaving it an unintended sooty-black colour. The council have spent many years trying to devise a clever way to clean the monument, but have since given up, deeming it an impossible task!

Edinburgh Events in 2014

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Dates 2014 Event
11 January Great Winter Run
8 February Rugby Scotland vs England
8 March Rugby Scotland vs France
5 – 20 April International Science Festival
18 – 21 April Easter
30 April The Beltane Fire Festival
3 – 5 May Bank Holiday May
5 – 12 May The Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival
24 – 25 May Edinburgh Marathon
TBC (June) Moonwalk Edinburgh
18 – 29 June International Film Festival
TBC (July) Edinburgh International Magic Festival
18 – 27 July Jazz and Blues Festival
31 July – 31 August Edinburgh Art Festival
1 – 23 August The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
8 – 31 August International Festival
1 – 25 August Fringe Festival
9 – 25 August Book Festival
TBC (Aug/Sept) Mela Festival
TBC (October) Scottish International Storytelling Festival
29 December – 2 January 2015 Hogmanay

Attractions to visit in Edinburgh

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Edinnburgh-castel

Following are the most popular attractions in Edinburgh, all of them are definitely worth a visit.

Edinburgh Castle

The Edinburgh Castle is the most famous tourist attraction in Scotland. The Castle is perched high above the Royal Mile, and can be seen from many areas around the city. It was used by the Royal family during the middle ages, but it soon became more useful for its military importance, where it became a military prison. The castle has both Military memorabilia as well as Royal Residence to view. (more…)

National Museum Chambers Street

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Edinburgh-National-Musem

Gareth Hoskins Architects completed the National Museum in 2011.  Hailed as a triumph, the renovation of the somewhat tired and dark National Museum in Edinburgh saw the opening up of the splendidly light central atrium space and the creation of several new galleries and a subterranean entrance cavern. (more…)

Edinburgh Zoo

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Edinnburgh-Zoo

Set in 82 acres, the Zoo is home to over 1000 different animals including dogs, lions, wolves, anteaters, bears, sea lions, monkeys, deer, birds and the only Koala bears in Britain amongst their huge collection of wonderful creatures. There are also penguins, which take part in a parade every day at 2.15pm where they stroll round the park accompanied by a zoo keeper who will talk the crowds through the penguin’s daily life. Admission costs £12.40 for adults and £8.80 for children. (more…)