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What’s On | Burns Night

Robert Burns is one of Scotland’s most elite literary figures. He is
famous for his influential political views and is deemed to be
Scotland’s National Bard.

Burns Night is held on the 25th January, Robert Burns birthday. This iconic Scottish day is celebrated by Scots across the world. The occasion is marked with toasts, whisky and a meal featuring haggis, neeps and tatties.

Some of Scotland’s most inspirational poetry has been written by Burns. One famous poem is ‘Tam O’Shanter’, about a drunk farmer called Tam. The poem tells the story of his encounters with the Ayrshire witches whilst riding home through a vigorous storm. One of his most famous lines comes from this poem:

“But pleasures are like poppies spread, You seize the flower, its bloom is shed; Or like the snow falls in the river, A moment white–then melts for ever”.

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Events both big and small are held across Scotland to celebrate his life. Here is Indigo’s guide to a selection of celebrations:

Whisky and Shortbread Tasting – Aberdeen

The event takes place at Aberdeen’s VisitScotland Information Centre (VIC). Sample a range of single malts from Glen Garioch Distillery and nibble on Dean’s Shortbread. These two local heritage firms are not far from the VIC and are well worth a visit whilst you are in the area.

Date: Saturday 25th January
Time: 11.00am to 3.00pm
Address: VIC, 23 Union Street, Aberdeen AB11 5BP
Telephone: 01224 26 91 80
More information: http://bit.ly/1bhA6ei

International Burns Concert – Glasgow

The International Burns Concert is part of the largest annual winter music festival Celtic Connections. The theme of the festival this year is Homecoming. The concert will feature jazz, folk, blues from a number of cultural artists. A highlight will be the Royal Scottish National Orchestra who will be accompanying an outstanding bill of Scottish talent.

Date: Saturday 25th January
Time: 7.30pm
Address: The SSE Hydro, Exhibition Way, Glasgow, Glasgow City G3 8YW
Tickets: £24
More information: http://bit.ly/1fZhIyq

Image courtesy of Alex Jansen

A Celebration of Burns – Stirling Castle

Celebrations of Robert Burns life take place with a programme of events this weekend at Stirling Castle. Take a unique tour of the castle with guides reciting  Burns prose and poetry. The kids can also learn more on the Burns for Bairns tour of the castle. Don’t forget to visit the Great Hall where the history of the Burns Supper will be explained whilst you sample a wee dram.

Date: Friday 24th January – Sunday 26th January
Time: Tours take place on both days at 12pm and 2pm, ‘Burns for Bairns’ takes place at 2.15pm.
Address: Stirling Castle, Castle Esplanade, Stirling FK8 1EJ
More information: http://bit.ly/1jysr0N

Burns Supper – The Gaiety Theatre, Ayr

Visit the Gaiety Theatre for a traditional Burns Supper; an entertaining evening of music, dancing, comedy and speeches. Not forgetting a meal of Traditional Scottish Broth, Haggis Neeps and Tatties. The evening is hosted by Braveheart actor, John Murtagh plus a host of special guests.

Date: Saturday 25th January
Time: 7.00pm
Address: The Gaiety, Carrick Street, Ayr KA7 1NU
Tickets: £35
More information: http://bit.ly/1apL2Mi

Big Burns Supper Festival – Dumfries

This three day festival has events taking place across Dumfries. The world’s biggest burns night celebration has everything from live music to theatre. The first ever Homecoming Carnival has a lantern-lit procession expected to have 2000 people taking part. The carnival is on Sunday and starts at 5.00pm in Dumfries town centre.

Date: Friday 24th January – Sunday 26th January
More information: http://bit.ly/1aKEzWJ