Burns night 2024: 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 23rd Jan 2024
Updated 28 th Jan 2024

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 ready meals, there’s plenty for all schedules and budgets to mark Burns night this month.

Cameron House, Balloch

The Erskine Burns Supper - the charity which supports veterans - is taking place at Cameron House on Saturday 2 February.

Hosted by ‘the voice of Tynecastle’ Scott Wilson, guests will tuck into a three course meal followed by an evening of Scottish themed entertainment.

Tickets are £70 per person or table of 12 is £800. You can buy tickets here.

If you would like to support The Erskine Burns Supper there are various ways you can get involved, from sponsorship at the event, gifts-in-kind or the donation of a prize for the raffle.

To find out more, email events@erskine.org.uk or phone 0141 814 4555

Cottiers, Glasgow

This former church turned bar, restaurant and events space in Glasgow's west end is playing host to a Burns supper this month.

On Saturday 27 January, guests will be welcomed with a dram before tucking into a three course meal followed by an evening of dancing from the Big Stupit Ceilidh Band.

Tickets are £44.50 and you can find out more on their social media and website.

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Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire

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If your looking for something really special to drink this Burns night why not treat yourself to a few at The American Bar, winners of the Siete Misterios Best Cocktail Menu Award at The World's 50 Best Bars?

Some of their whisky cocktails include the Honeyberry, which includes Aberfeldy 12 year old, honeyberry and Kefir 12.

Combined together drink is an Alexander-style cocktail – creamy but deceptively light with a spicy finish.

Find out more on the Gleneagles website or listen to our episode of Scran, to hear all about cocktail trends.

Bonnie & Wild, Edinburgh

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The upmarket food court within the St James Quarter is home to a range of foodie Burns night dishes.

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On Thursday 25 January there will be the White Heather Club Ceilidh where Charlie Kirkpatrick and his band will be joined by a piper for the evening, who'll be piping out a not so traditional haggis feast.

As well as this, some of the businesses within Bonnie & Wild will offering Burns specials from Thursday 25 to the Sunday 28 January (while stocks last).

  • El Perro Negro – Haggis Burger
  • Kochchi – Haggis Kotthu and Haggis Lankan Tatties
  • Stack & Still – Haggis Savoury Pancake Stack & Cranachan Sweet Pancake Stack
  • Joelato – Whisky Marmalade Gelato and Hot Toddy Sorbet (using bespoke recipe made with Daffy’s Creag Dhu whisky)
  • Soup & Caboodle – Takeaway Haggis on sale
  • Rarity – Recommending (and possibly sampling) Arrans Burns Single Malt Whisky and Loch Lomond's 18 year old for you to take away for your own Burns Supper

The Gate, Glasgow

This award-winning cocktail bar in Glasgow's east end is celebrating Burns night a bit differently.

Their Burns Unfiltered night will offer guests whisky cocktails and drams, and food from nearby business, Scran.

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Entertainment is from comedian Marc Jennings and award winning artist Bemz.

The Fife Arms, Braemar

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If you fancy a weekend away this month, The Fife Arms has an offer for a two night stay including a Burns supper, entertainment and breakfast.

From 26-28 January the art-led hotel in the Highlands will welcome Scottish actor Bltyhe Duff and master of ceremonies Robert Lovie.

Guests can look forward to a formal Burns supper on 27 January with an address to the haggis followed by evening entertainment including traditional readings and musical performances, followed by a ceilidh.

Find out more and book here.

The hotel has also released a Fife Arms whisky, which is a 14-year-old single cask scotch whisky, (matured in an ex-sherry cask) from Dailuaine.

There's also a Fife Arms whisky kit, priced at £225, ideal for those who want to toast the Bard at home this Burns night.

Duck & Waffle, Edinburgh

Duck & Waffle Edinburgh will celebrate Burns Night on Thursday January 25, with a menu of specials and whisky cocktails.

Curated by Duck & Waffle’s culinary director Daniel Barbosa and executive chef Lucia Gregusova, the menu captures the essence of Scottish flavours.

Guests can savour classics like haggis, neeps and tatties, a hearty Cullen Skink made with haddock and served with fresh sourdough, and a cranachan knickerbocker with raspberries, whisky cream, and caramelised oats.

A range of whisky cocktails will also be available, which include whiskies from Highland Park, Macallan and Bowmore.

Find out more and book here.

Burns Supper at Amuse, Aberdeen

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Award-winning chef Kevin Dalglish is once again hosting a Burns supper on Friday 26 January at Kevin’s restaurant, Amuse in Aberdeen.

This year the restaurant has teamed up with Glenfiddich's brand ambassador for Scotland, Mark Thomson who will address the haggis and led a paired whisky tasting.

Diners can enjoy four courses, paired whiskies and there will be a bagpiper as well.

Find out more and book on the Amuse website.

Platform, Glasgow

Celebrate Scotland’s beloved Bard with a series of live performances that will make you forget everything you know about Burns Night at Platform One.

Running from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 January 2024, from 4pm until late, guests can enjoy live performances from local artists, exciting cocktail creations and delicious limited edition dishes.

Shining a light on Glasgow’s thriving music scene, Platform One will has a line-up of homegrown talent performing live from 4pm every day (25 - 28) including buskers and local artists like funk and soul sensation Tom McGuire, the crowd favourite, soul singer David Duffy, and the soothing acoustic melodies of folk singer Michael Cassidy.

No Burns Night is complete without a taste of Scotland's finest whiskies and guests will be able to enjoy a Scottish whisky flight that traverses Scotland's diverse landscapes.

From Glengoyne 10, to the Dalmore 15, and Talisker 10. Priced at £15pp, the flight is exclusively available from 25 January.

Limited edition dishes have also been created by Platform One head chef, Jules McGuire.

These include haggis, neeps and taco, haggis bon bon and Irn Bru glazed chicken sliders.

To book your table head to the Platform One website.

Dewar’s Aberfeldy, Perthshire

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

Taking place at the Dewar’s Distillery on Saturday 27 January, from 7-10.30pm, guests will be welcomed with a mulled whisky followed by music from Tarmachan, a Scottish Folk and Ceilidh music from Loch Tayside before a warming bowl of Ballintaggart Stovies and an address to the Haggis.

There will be a well stocked bar of whiskies, cocktails and soft drinks to buy on the night as well.

Tickets are £35 and available to buy here.

Ballintaggart Burns feast, Perthshire

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The popular Ballintaggart feasts are back for 2024, 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; a main of wood fired venison, with winter endive and celeriac and a dessert of forced Yorkshire rhubarb, with Dewars 12 whisky crème caramel, toasted oats

The feast is taking place on 25 January, and tickets are £35 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 £50, the box feeds two and is available to order here.

Strathmore Burns ready meal

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Last year, McIntosh of Strathmore 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 in supermarkets including Aldi and Lidl for £2.99.

Read more: Easy Burns night recipes

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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