Looking for some Burns night inspiration? These bars, restaurants and festivals are great ways to celebrate Robert Burns.

With Burns night just around the corner, we take a look at the top places to enjoy a meal, dance and a dram to toast Rabbie Burns.

EDINBURGH

Ghilie Dhu

(2 Rutland place, Edinburgh EH1 2AD)

Friday 18th January – Sunday 27th January

This spectacular Edinburgh location is set to run a Rabbie Burns experience over two weekends this month. Guests will be greeted with a dram on arrival before being seated for a Burns supper which includes dishes such as rump of Scottish lamb and Cranachan.

The haggis will be piped in before the traditional toast is recited. Traditional live folk music will be played throughout the meal with the finale being a ceilidh afterwards.

Tickets are £47.95 and available to book from the website.

Burns&Beyond

(Various locations in Edinburgh)

22nd – 27th January

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Picture: Burns and Beyond Facebook

Burns&Beyond is a new festival in Edinburgh celebrating the life and work of Robert Burns.

The festival invites audiences to discover the best in creative talents from across Scotland in some of the Edinburgh’s best-known buildings and a few of its more secretive spaces across the capital’s Old and New Towns.

Royal Yacht Britannia

(Ocean Dr, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ)

25th and 26th January

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Picture: Royal Yacht Britannia Facebook

Celebrate Burns in regal style on board the Royal Yacht Britannia. Guests will be welcomed aboard by the Britannia’s piper before sitting down to s four-course meal served in the State Dining Room by the yacht butlers.

Featuring seasonal Scottish ingredients, dinner will be prepared by the executive chef Mark Alston and his team in the original Royal Galleys.

As well as dinner, diners can enjoy traditional Scottish music, which will be played throughout dinner by Britannia’s musicians and, the highlight of the evening, the ‘Address to a Haggis’ will be followed by a Whisky Tasting in the State Drawing Room.

The evening also includes a red carpet welcome, drinks and canapé reception with a highlights tour of The Royal Yacht Britannia.

Tickets are priced at £205 per person and can be booked as individual places or for tables of 10.

Wedgwood the Restaurant

(267 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BQ)

25th and 26th January

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Picture: Sandy Young Photography

After a sell-out success last year, Wedgwood the Restaurant is teaming up with The Real Mary King’s Close to create a unique Burn’s Night experience.

Guests will tuck into a contemporary three course meal and a live recital of Burns poetry at the restaurant, before being whisked to The Real Mary King’s Close for a Burns inspired guided tour of the preserved streets found underneath the Royal Mile. Finish off the evening with a dram in the Burgh Courtroom.

The night starts at 6.30pm and tickets are £55 per person.

The Bridge Inn Ratho

(27 Baird Rd, Ratho, Newbridge EH28 8RA)

25th January

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Picture: The Bridge Inn Ratho

Celebrate Burns Night in the welcoming ambience of Bridge Inn at Ratho, on the banks of the Union Canal just seven miles from Edinburgh city centre.

Guests can look forward to traditional Scottish folk music and banter from Michael Ramsay from 7.30-11pm, and a range of haggis specials served from the bar.

Cannonball Restaurant and Bar 

(356 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NF)

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Picture: Cannonball Restaurant and Bar

Celebrate Burns in style in the luxurious surroundings of the exclusive private dining ‘Glengoyne Room’ at Cannonball Restaurant & Bar, Castlehill, the Castle.

Cannonball Bar serves over 150 Scotch whiskies and has become a firm favorite whisky bar for locals as well as visitors from further afield.

Traditional Haggis, Scottish beef, seasonal vegetables and delicious Cranachan together with Scotland’s favourite tipple makes for a perfect evening with friends or colleagues.

The three course meal with matching whiskies is priced at £60.00 per person with a minimum of 15 guests. The restaurant can also arrange for a Piper to address the Haggis for an additional fee.

GLASGOW

Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice

(Radisson Blu 301 Argyle St, Glasgow G2 8DL)

18th January

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Picture: Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice Facebook

This annual Celebration of Burns honours the life and spirit of the Bard, Rabbie Burns, and will feature celebrity guests Eddi Reader, Jane McCarry and Mark Cox (best known as Isa and Tam from Still Game).

Guests can enjoy tributes to the haggis, drams, ceilidh dancing thanks to Callanish all while raising money for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice.

Tickets cost £65 per person or and £650 for a table of ten and are available here.

A Celebration of Burns is sure to provide all guests with a touch of glamour in January and a “right guid Scottish knees up”.

Cottiers

(93-95 Hyndland St, Glasgow G11 5PU)

25th January

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Picture: Cottiers Facebook

This west end favourite bar and restaurant is set to celebrate Burns Night in style. The night, which starts at 6.30pm with a dram, promises to be a celebration of the life and poetry of Robert Burns and all things Scottish.

As well as a traditional ceilidh band and DJ, guests can also look forward to a three course meal and welcome dram all for £39.95.

Malmaison

(278 W George St, Glasgow G2 4LL)

25th January

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Picture: Malmaison Glasgow Facebook

Treat yourself to a special Burns Night dinner, complete with our national drink at the Glasgow Malmaison’s Douglas Laing Whisky Dinner.

On Friday 25th January, from 7pm-10pm, David Ferguson from Douglas Laing will host a three course Scottish themed meal and interactive whisky masterclass.

Guests can sample and learn about the different Douglas Laing whiskies, including the all-time favourite ‘Timorous Beastie’, followed by a contemporary culinary celebration of Scotland.

Tickets are £35 and available to buy on the hotel’s website.

AYRSHIRE

Haggis Hooley

(Murdoch’s Lone, Alloway, Ayr KA7 4PQ)

18th January

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Picture: Robert Burns Birthplace Museum Facebook

Celebrate the Bard’s birthday at this informal Haggis Hooley Burns Supper.

The Borland Ceilidh Band and a variety of talented local musicians will perform while diners tuck into traditional Burns Supper fare. And, if you’re not too full afterwards, be sure to take part in the ceilidh dancing.

Tickets are £24.50 for adults and £16.50 for children, and include 3-course Burns Supper with vegetarian options available.

Burns Hame Toun

(Murdoch’s Lone, Alloway, Ayr KA7 4PQ)

25th January

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Picture: Robert Burns Birthplace Museum Facebook

Celebrate the Bard’s birthday where it all began, at this special fundraising event – THE Burns Supper.

Diners will enjoy a traditional Burns supper as well as piper, toasts, recitations, music and speeches all for just 20 per person.

PERTH

Perth Burns Club dinner

(Salutation Hotel 30-34 South St, Perth PH2 8PH)

26th January

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Picture: Perth Burns Club Facebook

This annual Burns supper is billed as one of the most prestigious events of the year, so get ready to have a great night with friends or colleagues.

Starting at 6.30 for 7pm, guests will hear a traditional Toast to the Lassies given by Councillor Willie Wilson and the Reply will be read by former Councillor Joan McEwan.

Tickets are £27 for Club members and £32 for non-members, and traditional Highland dress is encouraged.

About The Author

Rosalind Erskine

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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