Supercharge your New Year – Celebrate in Scotland

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Do you want to start the New Year with a bang? Would you like to hop on a plane where you can visit a world-class country? Then put a trip Scotland on New Year’s celebration list.

Why is Scotland the place to welcome in the New Year?

To start, Hogmanay is Scotland’s New Year celebration. It’s the biggest holiday of the winter season.

When winter is the coldest and darkest time of the year, the Scots’ make it the boisterous time of the year. The whole country takes two days off, and every town and city have its own Hogmanay celebration. It usually includes:

Ceilidh dancing

Fine food with a splash or three of whiskey


Edinburgh’s New Year fireworks are one of the biggest displays in the world.

Edinburgh Castle

While some villages, such as Comrie and Stonehaven have spectacular fire festivals.



Another reason to welcome the New Year in Scotland is to sing the illustrious song in its homeland. It’s the nostalgic one that the world sings to welcome the New Year. We have the Scots to thank for the creation of the beloved New Year’s song Auld Lang. In 1788, Robert Burns wrote the poem from an ancient song which he was the first to record it on paper.

The phrase ‘auld lang syne’ roughly translates as ‘for old times’ sake,’ and the song is all about preserving old friendships and looking back over the events of the year.

If you welcome the New Year in Scotland, you will have an opportunity to join in the much-loved Scottish tradition to sing the song just before midnight.

Visit visitscotland for details on Hogmanay and New Years Celebrations around Scotland.

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Judy Kundert

Judy Kundert, a recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Excellence in Authorship award, loves storytelling, from folk and fairy tales to classics for elementary school children. She authors award-winning middle-grade novels designed to inspire and intrigue children. After she left her career as a United Airlines stewardess, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, Chicago and a Master of Arts from DePaul University, Chicago. Most recently, she completed a master’s Certificate in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Denver. For fun, she likes reading (usually three or four books at a time), watching movies from the oldies to the current films, traveling, biking, and hiking in vast Colorado outdoors with her husband. Learn more at can find me at the foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains hiking, biking


  1. Pat on December 26, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Blog looks great.

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