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Burns night 2023: What’s on in Scotland - from Burns suppers to whisky tastings and cocktails

Whether you're looking for a night out to celebrate Burns, a ceilidh, cocktails or an easy to make meal at home, read on...

Published: January 19, 2023

With Burns night taking place this month (25 January), there’s plenty of events to celebrate the bard.

From dinners, ceilidhs, cocktails and whisky tastings, to cook at home kits and chocolates, there’s plenty for all schedules and budgets to mark Burns night this month.

Cameron House, Balloch

This January, Cameron House will host a Burn’s Night Supper Celebration to honour Scotland’s best loved poet, Robert Burns, complete with a traditional ceilidh band.

On Friday 20 January, a glamorous evening of exceptional dining, dancing and music held in the resort’s brand-new Loch Lomond Suite will begin with cocktails and canapes, before a traditional ‘Address To The Haggis’ reading and performance. Guests will then enjoy a four-course dinner complete with a delicious reinvention of the traditional haggis, neeps and tatties. 

An evening of reeling to the sounds of an authentic Ceilidh band, the Reel Fling, will then follow in the setting of the Loch Lomond Suite ballroom.

After a memorable night of dancing, guests may return to one of Cameron House’s bedrooms or suites.

Tickets to this celebration of Burn’s Night are priced at £95, and can be booked online, via email or telephone 01389 312 210 

Burns Night at The Commons Club, Virgin Hotels, Edinburgh

This celebration in Edinburgh is a chance to enjoy a collaboration with Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky.

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Limited to 10 guests, this event will focus on some of the finest food and drams Edinburgh has to offer.

Hosted by Mark Thomson, Glenfiddich Ambassador to Scotland, you’ll be guided through a tasting of the Glenfiddich Grand Series – drams aged between 21 and 26 years, matched to a bespoke menu crafted by Virgin Hotels Chef de Cuisine, Emma Hanley. 

Taking place on the 25 January, tickets are £125 per person, and available to purchase via Virgin Hotels website.

Kelvingrove Café, Glasgow

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On Wednesday 25 January from 9pm, guests can enjoy Talisker cocktail specials, specially crafted Scottish nibbles and Diageo’s Global Scotch Whisky Ambassador and part time DJ, Ervin Trykowski’s unmissable beats.

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The event is free, but only available to over 18s.

Teuchters Landing, Edinburgh

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From 23 January until the end of March, Teuchters Landing will have a partnership menu and drinks with Talisker, which is available for lunch and dinner.

Guests can sample limited-edition Talisker cocktails or celebrate the taste of the sea with the exclusive oyster menu, accompanied by a Talisker atomiser.

Brummie Burns Supper at Amuse, Aberdeen

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Award-winning chefs, Kevin Dalgleish and Glynn Purnell are collaborating on a special “Brummie Burns Supper” event on January 24 at Kevin’s restaurant, Amuse in Aberdeen.

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Guests are invited to enjoy a six-course meal, three-courses from each chef, created by Kevin and Glynn using the very best Scottish local and seasonal produce.

Chef Glynn Purnell joins Kevin from his Michelin starred restaurant in Birmingham, Purnell’s Restaurant, which opened in 2007.

The one-star fine-dining restaurant offers contemporary dining and bold menus to take guests on a gourmet adventure.

To round off the evening, Kevin and Glynn have invited Mark Thompson from Glenfiddich Distillery to teach guests more about the Scottish spirit and allow them to sample whiskies from the Glenfiddich range.

The set menu is £195 per person, including a champagne reception, canapés and a whisky flight. Bookings are now open and can be made by calling 01224 611909.

Dewar’s Aberfeldy and Ballintaggart dinner, Perthshire

Celebrate Burns in Aberfeldy this year, with dinner and drams.

Taking place at the Dewar’s Distillery on Friday 27 January, from 7-10pm, guests will be welcomed with a drink followed by a three course meal by Ballintaggart, with a whisky for each course - including Aberfeldy 18 Year Old Côte Rôtie Red Wine Cask Finish.

There will be an address to the haggis and a Burns Speaker for entertainment throughout the night. This will then be followed by access to the bar for additional whiskies, cocktails and other drinks for purchase.

Tickets are £60 and available to buy here.

Ballintaggart Burns feast, Perthshire

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The popular Ballintaggart feasts are back for 2023, with a Burns celebration. Guests will be welcomed to Ballintaggart Farm for signature long table dining and warm hospitality.

On the menu there’s Ballintaggart sourdough, whipped butter, Perello olives, Great Glen charcuterie as snacks, starters of Crispy Ballintaggart Haggis, smoked potato, pickles; Ballintaggart Jerusalem artichokes, Isle of Mull, truffle; Isle of Skye hand dived scallop, dulse, sourdough butter.

For main there’s Wood fired Venison and to finish there’s forced Yorkshire rhubarb, Dewars 12 whisky crème caramel, toasted oat.

The feast is taking place on 28 January, and tickets are £55 per person. Find out more and book here.

Burns night at home

If you’d rather celebrate at home this Burns night, there’s a few options for cooking and indulgence.

Ballintaggart Burns in a box

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If you can’t make it to the Ballintaggart feast, but want a little taste of Perthshire at home then why not order their Burns box?

Inside there’s a homemade haggis, Aberfeldy 12, distilled by Dewars and Ballintaggart Oatcakes, Isle of Mull Cheddar and Ballintaggart seasonal chutney. 

Priced at £45, the box feeds two and is available to order here.

Chocolatia Burns chocolates

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Fresh from celebrating two of their bonbons winning medals in the Academy of Chocolate Awards, Chocolatia have added a Burns night box of chocolates to their seasonal offerings.

The box features four flavours curated especially to enjoy alongside a dram or two, and flavours include: Toasted Malt - A smooth and caramelised malted ganache with honey notes to accompany a dram with a sweet finish.

Honey, Whisky & Almond - A triple layer bonbon made with scottish heather honey, a 66% chocolate and whisky infused ganache and a roasted almond base. 

Toasted Oat - A smooth oat infused ganache with a crunchy caramelised oat base layer.

Caraibe 66- A  rich 66% single origin dark chocolate ganache.

Priced at £22, you can buy a box here.

Strathmore Burns ready meal

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McIntosh of Strathmore have launched a haggis, neeps and tatties ready meal for an affordable Burns night at home.

Ready in just four minutes (and available as a veggie option), it’s on sale for a promotional price of £1.25.

Read more: Easy Burns night recipes

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 as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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