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How to celebrate Burns Night in 2023
25 January marks the birthday of Scotland’s pre-eminent poet, Robert ‘Rabbie’ Burns and you can bet we’ll be celebrating this oh-so-Scottish night in style. So, whether you’re in Scotland or elsewhere in the world, we’re giving you the low down on how to celebrate Burns Night in 2023
How to celebrate Burns Night in 2023
The first Burns supper was held in the summer of 1801 when nine of Robert Burns’ closest friends gathered together to mark the anniversary of their dear friend’s death. Over 200 years later and, with the exception of a toasted sheep’s head, the traditions of that night have remained almost totally unchanged.
Read more about the history of Burn’s Night and its traditions, here.
Now celebrated on the night of the Scottish Bard’s birthday, 25 January, Burns Night is perhaps, with the exception of Hogmanay, the biggest night in the Scottish calendar. So, wherever you are in the world, here’s how to celebrate Burns Night in 2023.
How to celebrate Burns Night in Scotland
Robert Burns Birthplace and Museum, Alloway, Ayrshire
21 and 22 January
The Robert Burns Birthplace and Museum in Alloway will be holding a host of exciting events this January to celebrate the life and work of Robert Burns. The events, taking place across the weekend of 21st and 22nd January will include haggis hunting, a ceilidh and caramel wafer Jenga as part of a family friendly Burns Birthday Bash, as well as a spectacular Blazing Burns event.
Find out more and book your tickets here.
Burns Night Supper at Cameron House
20 January 2023
Idyllically located in the heart of Scotland’s ruggedly beautiful landscapes on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, lies the spectacular Cameron House. Their Burns Night celebration on Friday 20 January is set to be unforgettable, complete with swirling kilts and traditional ceilidh band. The celebration will be held in the resort’s brand-new Loch Lomond Suite and guests can expect a night of exceptional dining, dancing and music. Looking to extend the celebrations? Why not book into one of the hotel’s stunning bedroom’s or suites afterwards for a truly luxurious night’s stay.
Burns Night Supper at Marine & Lawn’s venues
Each of Marine and Lawn’s luxurious venues across Scotland will be preparing a special menu featuring traditional Scottish dishes, such as haggis, neeps, and tatties, as well as a selection of fine whiskies including Bowmore and Glenkinchie. In addition, they will be hosting a range of entertainment, including the famous Burns Night haggis poem Address to a Haggis.
Burns Night at Òran Mór, Glasgow
20 -28 January 2023
Based inside an old church, this ultra-cool venue is serving up a week-long celebration of the national Bard. Including live music every night, a ceilidh, and a special three-course meal with whisky pairings.
Burns Supper aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh
27 – 28 January 2023
Celebrate the birth of Scotland’s national bard aboard a boat fit for a Queen, with a red-carpet welcome, a drinks and canapé reception, a tour of the yacht, and a five-course menu served in the State Dining Room, Scottish music, and a whisky tasting, of course.
Burns & Beyond Festival, Edinburgh
A celebration of the life & legacy of Robert Burns through traditional and contemporary art & culture.
A poetic Burns Night at Forgan’s, St Andrews & Dundee
January 22-25 2023
Both Forgan’s venues will be serving up a Scottish feast in the week of Burns Night in their very own rousing celebration of the national Bard. Expect classic Scottish fare with a twist, and an extensive selection of Scottish gins and and tipples for the ultimate Rabbie Burns bash!
How to celebrate Burns Night 2023 in London
Burns Night Supper at Home House, London
January 25 2023
On January 25th, 2023, Home House, one of London’s most exclusive private members clubs, will hold its iconic Burns Night supper. Members and guests are invited to celebrate the life and legacy of the Scottish poet Robert Burns in the stunning, opulent surroundings of the club’s Restaurant with a delicious four-course meal, including modern twists on all the traditional Burns Night dishes, the address to the haggis, and a Scottish piper.
How to celebrate Burns Night 2023 in USA and Canada
The 28th Annual ASF Burns Night Gala Celebration, New York
20 January 2023
The American Scottish Foundation returns for its 28th year to celebrate Scotland’s bard, complete with the essential ‘Address to a Haggis.’
Burns Night 2023: The Bard and his ballads, BC
22 January 2o23
Join songsmith Bruce Coughlan for a musical celebration of Rabbie Burns, accompanied by fiddles, pianos, pipes, and whistles.
Burns Statue Celebration, Toronto, ON
25 January 2023
Celebrate Scotland’s national bard with haggis, neeps, tatties, and good cheer at the Robert Burns Statue in Toronto.
How to celebrate Burns Night 2023 in Australia
Scottish Weekender, NSW
20-22 January 2023
A chance to celebrate Scotland’s favourite day of the year with a Burns Night supper and a cèilidh.
How to celebrate Burns Night 2023 at home
We’ve got lots of tips on hosting your own Burns Night here, and if you’re hosting a whisky tasting click here.
If you’re looking for some recipe inspiration for your own Burns Night, read on…
Make your own Burns Night puddings, with a twist
To celebrate Burns Night 2023 Scottish whisky liqueur Drambuie has created a selection of decorative and delicious recipes to celebrate of the life of the Scottish bard. Fancy having a go at Drambuie Burns Night Tipsy Laird Trifle, Drambuie Burns Night Cranachan Cheesecake or Drambuie Burns Night Coffee Creme? All recipes can be found on their website here.
US readers can have a taste of Scotland delivered to their door with Scottish Gourmet USA
Have delicious Scottish dishes, including haggis, delivered straight to our door and celebrate all things Scottish with friends and family on 25 January, thanks to Scottish Gourmet.
Order yours now here.
What is Burns Night: The history behind the Scottish celebration
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