Burns night 2020: 15 of the best suppers, brunches and events happening in Scotland this month

It's almost time to celebrate Rabbie Burns' birthday so why not book one of these fab Burns night events?

Published 10th Jan 2020
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

If you enjoy eating haggis, neeps and tatties, drinking a dram or two and ceilidh dancing then book one of these Burns night events that are being held all over Scotland to celebrate our National Bard’s birthday, which falls on the 25th January.

The Gannet Burns Dinner

(Sunday 26th January; The Gannet, 1155 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8TB)

Enjoy some incredible dishes and a special dram for the Bard. Picture: The Gannet

Join the award-winning team at The Gannet for a six-course celebration dinner, showcasing the skill of Peter McKenna and the team as well as the finest local and seasonal produce.

Poetry, Pipes & Drams will be all part of the evening's entertainment, with a celebratory menu including the Gannet's own haggis, piped and addressed accordingly.

The six-course tasting menu costs £55 and includes a special dram to toast the bard.

Book here

Nae Ordinary Burns Supper

(24 January; Macdonald Drumossie Hotel Inverness & 31 January, The Beach Ballroom Aberdeen)

Burns night

Picture: Nae Ordinary Burns Supper Facebook

This three course dinner is accompanied by special guest artists including award-winning actors, singers and musicians such as; John Bett and Fiona Kennedy.

After the dinner and entertainment guests can dance the night away at the traditional ceilidh with music from The Jacobites.

There will also be a charity auction on the night, with proceeds going towards VSA,  University of Aberdeen Development Trust, Marie Curie, FROM Scotland and Scottish SPCA and Friends of Roxburghe House.

Tickets are from £85 per person are available here.

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Burns Ceilidh Night

(25th January; Bridge of Orchy, Argyll, PA36 4A)

Argyll hotel

Picture: Bridge of Orchy Hotel

Kickstart 2020 in style with a Burns Night Ceilidh at Bridge of Orchy Hotel. For just £25, guests can enjoy a three course traditional Burns supper and dance the evening away with the local ceilidh band.

Open to both local and hotel guests, the event also includes a dram to toast the haggis. Entry to the ceilidh dance is an extra £10 and children under the age of 12 are free of charge.

Address to the Haggis

(25th January; M&S The Gyle Shopping Centre Gyle Ave, Edinburgh EH12 9JY)

Picture: M&S

This Burns Night James Macsween, Managing Director at Macsween will address the haggis in M&S’s store at The Gyle, Edinburgh.

The event will take place at 12:00pm on Saturday 25th January and locals are encouraged to come along to witness this traditional event.

The haggis will be piped into the M&S foodhall and Highland dancers be there to put on a show. Plus visitors can look forward to of tasters of M&S’s Burns Night range.

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Additions to the range this year include a haggis, neeps and tatties en croute, as well as traditional favourites, including the signature haggis especially made by James Macsween.

Macsween has been supplying M&S with haggis and vegetarian haggis products since 2012. As the innovators behind the first ever vegetarian haggis 35 years ago, there is now a haggis for everyone to devour on Burns night.

Burns supper

( 24 January; Sugar Boat 30 Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh G84 8AQ)

Burns night

Picture: Sugar Boat Facebook

Voted AA's Restaurant of the Year for Scotland in 2019, Sugar Boat is set to welcome diners with a traditional piper followed by a whisky sour to kick off the evening.

Guests can then tuck into a four course meal, which includes dishes such as Smoked haddock ‘fish balls’, beurre blanc & rapeseed oil; Haggis, neeps and tatties served with a  nip of Timorous Beastie Highland Malt and Tablet cranachan ‘atholl brose’.

Tickets are available now priced at £45 per person.

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Burns supper & ceilidh

(25th January; Cottiers, 93-95 Hyndland St, Glasgow G11 5PU)

Burns night

Picture: Cottiers Facebook

This west end favourite bar and restaurant is set to celebrate Burns night in style.

As detailed on Cottier’s Facebook page, guests are invited to: “celebrate our country’s national poet Robert Burns."

The ticket price includes a dram on arrival, three course meal, ceilidh band from 10pm and DJ from 1am.

Tickets are £39.95 and more information is available here.

Burns vs event

(16, 23 & 30 January; Innis & Gunn Taprooms and Beer Kitchen Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow)


To celebrate Burns night, Innis & Gunn vs night will be dedicated to all things Scottish with an evening of Innis & Gunn Beer vs Highland Park Whisky vs MacSween's Haggis.

At each round diners will be presented with a beer, a whisky, and a haggis dish, which they will then vote each one out of 10.

There will be four rounds in total, then at the end of the night the team will announce an overall winner. Will it be beer, whisky or haggis?

Tickets are priced at £25 (plus booking fee) and include 4 x half pints of Innis & Gunn beer, 4 x different Highland Park whiskies or whisky-based cocktails and 4 x courses using haggis.

The Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee bars will also be hosting a Burns brunch on Saturday 25  and Sunday 26 January from 11am-5pm.

Guests can look forward to a main dish from the special Burn brunch menu and two drinks from a selection of whiskies, gins, beer, cocktails and soft drinks.

Tickets are £15 and more info is available here.

Burns Weekend Special

(25th and 26th January; The Hebridean 333 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G4 9HS)

Picture: The Hebridean

Celebrate Burns night at The Hebridean gastropub in Glasgow's west end on either the 25th or 26th thanks to their weekend deals.

The restaurant and bothy bar, inspired by the Outer Hebrides, will be celebrating the Scottish bard's birthday with modern takes on classic Scottish dishes and a few drams - making it an ideal place to 'Address the Haggis' this weekend.

The Scottish Gastropub will also have live entertainment with their trad session musicians on hand to living up the ceilidh atmosphere.

Diners will sit down to a three course dinner (priced at £25) with dishes such as cock-a-leekie soup, haggis, neeps and tatties and cranachan - raspberry, whisky, honey ice cream, toasted oats.

In addition, the restaurant will serve up a Burns Weekend Special with haggis, neeps and tatties served with a dram of whisky for £12.50 - available for lunch or dinner as a menu special between Thursday 23rd - Sunday 26th January (inclusive).

Don't Be A Timorous Beastie

(25 January; Radisson Red Glasgow , 25 Tunnel Street, Finnieston Quay, G3 8HL)

Picture: Radisson Red Glasgow Facebook

One of Glasgow's newest hotels (and home to the city's sky bar) is set to host a Burns night in collaboration with Douglas Laing & Co.

Posting on the hotel's Facebook, the team said: "Enjoy a Scottish themed taster menu, hear the classic Rabbie Burns' "To A Mouse", sample and learn about the award-winning Timorous Beastie Highland Malt Scotch Whisky, and have the opportunity to purchase some of their finest Whiskies on the night."

Tickets are £35 and include four tasting dishes, live entertainment, four samples of three different Timorous Beastie bottlings - 10 Years Old and 18 Years Old - and a goodie bag to take home.

Diners can look forward to traditional food such as Cullen skink, Haggis, neeps and tatties and cranachan.

A Celebration of Burns

(17 January; Doubletree by Hilton Glasgow Central, 36 Cambridge St, Glasgow G2 3HN)

Picture: The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice

This annual Celebration of Burns honours the life and spirit of the Bard, Rabbie Burns in a night of glamour, food and dancing.

Guests can enjoy tributes to the haggis, drams, ceilidh dancing and a “right guid Scottish knees up”all while raising money for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice.

Tickets cost £65 and are available here.

The Ghillie Dhu Rabbie Burns Experience

(17-26th January; 2 Rutland St, Edinburgh EH1 2AD)


This spectacular Edinburgh location is set to run a Rabbie Burns experience over two weekends in January.

Guests will be greeted with a dram on arrival before being seated for a Burns supper which includes dishes such as Isle of Arran haggis and traditional raspberry 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 here.

A blazing Burns night spectacular

(25th January; Burns Cottage, Murdoch’s Lone, Alloway, Ayr KA7 4PQ)

Burns night

Picture: Robert Burns Birthplace Museum Facebook

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

Diners will enjoy a traditional Burns supper as well as live music and ceilidh followed by a choreographed fire show.

The cottage is also playing host to a big Burns brunch on Sunday 26th January where diners are invited to 'enjoy live performances throughout the morning whilst enjoying traditional scran including haggis, square sausage and tattie scones!'

More information about the night and brunch, plus how to book can be found here.

Tapas AFF

(22-24 January; The Gate 251 Gallowgate, Glasgow G4 0TP)

Picture: The Gate

Modern Scottish pub The Gate is hosting a ‘Tapas AFF’ (Scottish small plates) takeover and whisky masterclasses in the run-up to Burns Night.

From the 22-24th January the bar will be collaborating with Glasgow-based pop-up kitchen, That’s Yer Dinner - who have served their Scottish small plates across to the likes of David Beckham.

The popup chefs will completely takeover The Gate kitchen with a locally-sourced Scottish menu to celebrate Rabbie Burns.

Diners can look forward to dishes such as Kedgeree Scotch egg with vinegar peas, locally-caught Scottish crab, celeriac and apple on wholemeal bread, served with a mug of partan bree (Scottish crab soup), and sugar-sweet Barras-inspired doughnuts.

During the Tapas Aff takeover, guests can also enjoy Dewar's Scotch and Aberfeldy single malt hot toddies, highballs and whisky sours from The Gate, alongside fun masterclasses on our national spirit.

Tapas Aff (Scottish Small Plates) takeover with That’s Yer Dinner takes place at The Gate on Wednesday, 22nd to Friday, 24th January from 4pm until 10pm.

A Burns supper like no other

(24th & 25th January; Wedgwood the Restaurant 267 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BQ)

Picture: Wedgwood The Restaurant Facebook

After last year's sell out success, Wedgwood are once again teaming up with The Real Mary King's Close to create a night like no other.

Guests to both nights can look forward a three course meal, Burns poetry and a trip to The Real Mary King's Close for a guided tour of the preserved streets under Edinburgh's Royal Mile.

The evening will finish with a dram of whisky in the Burgh Courtroom, where guests can raise a glass to our national bard.

Tickets are priced at £59 and more info and booking is available here.

Burns night Highland Park whisky dinner

(26 January; Gamba, 225A W George St, Glasgow G2 2ND)

Picture: Gamba Facebook

Kickstarting a schedule of events for 2020, Glasgow’s top seafood restaurant is continuing their 21st-anniversary celebrations by partnering with Highland Park for a special Burns night dinner.

The evening will be hosted by Highland Park's single malt ambassador Adam Devine, who will introduce expressions and drinks from the award-winning Highland Park single malt portfolio including the 12-year-old Viking Soul and the 18-year-old Viking Pride.

Guests will be served four courses which will be paired with a whisky-based cocktail or dram.

Tickets are priced at £55 and include: canapés, four courses, three cocktails, two drams, coffee and whisky tablet.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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