Burns Night in Edinburgh

As winter wraps up Edinburgh, something special is happening – it’s Burns Night! This yearly celebration is to mark the birthday of the famous poet Robert Burns. Burns Night is a big deal for folks in Scotland and those just passing through. With a mix of traditions yummy food, good whisky and heartfelt poetry. There are lots of Burns Night suppers, ceilidhs and events to join in Edinburgh, guaranteed to bring some cheer to a cold January evening.

Statue of Robert Burns in Edinburgh
Robert Burns Statue.

Burns Supper

The main event starts with a big dinner where everyone digs into a tasty haggis. As the bard himself described it, the ‘great chieftain o’ the puddin’-race’.  Plus there are neeps and tatties on the side (mashed turnips and potatoes). It’s a feast that kicks off with reading Burns’ poems about haggis, adding a bit of drama before beginning eating.

Haggis, neeps and tatties (haggis with turnips and potatoes) - traditional Scottish dish for Burns Night.
Haggis, neeps and tatties are the traditional Scottish dish for Burns Night.


Scottish whisky, often referred to as ‘Scotch’, has a rich history that dates back to the 11th century. This iconic drink is a crucial part of our Scottish identity. On Burns Night the golden liquid flows freely as people raise a glass to remember Robert Burns. There’s a whole range of whiskies from Scotland’s famous distilleries, making sure everyone finds a favourite to savour during the celebrations.

Bartender Serve Whiskey, on wood bar.
Enjoy a drop of Scotch to celebrate Burns Night.

Events in Edinburgh

We’ve put together some of the best Burns Night events in Edinburgh:

Burns Supper at the Ghillie Dhu – 25th January, join the festivities at Ghillie Dhu in Edinburgh for a delightful three-course dinner, drinks and live music. All in celebration of the life and contributions of Scotland’s National Bard.

Prestonfield House Burns Supper – On January 25th, Prestonfield House is set to host its renowned Burns Night Supper. As you arrive, a welcome drink awaits, leading you to a delicious three-course meal. An evening filled with entertainment featuring the talented Scottish comedian Janey Godley, along with a couple of musical surprises.

Burns and Beyond Festival – In the heart of Edinburgh on the 25th- 28th January 2024. This festival presents the very best in tradition, special arts and cultural events in venues throughout the city. With a programme of live music, dance, comedy, poetry and art. It’s packed with free and ticketed events throughout Edinburgh city centre.

Celebrate Burns at Edinburgh Castle – On the 25th of January, discover the essence of Robert Burns, undeniably one of Scotland’s literary legends. Unravel the bard’s tales and explore some of his notable pieces.

Bagpipe player in silhouette against dramatic sunset sky.
Scottish Bagpipe player.

Burns Night in Edinburgh isn’t just a regular celebration, it’s like stepping into a world filled with tradition, tasty treats, good drinks and poetry. It’s an unforgettable experience that welcomes everyone to join in and honour the amazing legacy of Robert Burns.

Winter is a truly magical time to visit our beautiful city. So take a look at our fantastic special offers and plan your January stay with us at Parliament House Hotel.