Hogmanay is Scotlands way of celebrating New Years and they go all out. It’s a three day affair of festivities which are all amazing.
Edinburgh Castle is the focus of New Years Eve in the city. There is lots of events that go to over three days but on New Years Eve there are a couple of options, pay in or free. The pay in option is the Street Party around Princes Street Gardens and the Christmas Market. It costs £25 and has stages and food, it is perfect for a group. There is also the option to go to the Concert in the Gardens event, which is inside the street party. I didn’t go for these options because I’m cheap and it wasn’t really what I was interested in. I went for the free option! There are a number of places you can go to see the fireworks for free. I walked to Usher Hall, with a great view of Edinburgh Castle, it is a great location to see the fireworks. There is also Calton Hill, Arthurs Seat, where a lot of people go to see an amazing view of Edinburgh and the fireworks. The fireworks are really impressive, it’s six minutes of noise and colours and you can’t help but smile ear to ear! There is also a song that Scots sing after the fireworks to come together and celebrate. It’s really quite lovely. The fun doesn’t stop there! The morning after on the 1st of January, there is the Stoats Loony Dook parade and dip in the Forth for charity! It’s wonderful and you can go and watch these mad lads get jump in the water. Additionally the christmas market will still be on, so you can get trinkets, food, drinks, and go to the fair. It’s a great place to go for come comfort food and drinks after the night before. With Princes Street next to you and Calton Hill so close there is lots to do on a sleepy New Years Day. Edinburgh is a great city to spend the last day of a year and the start of a new one. I recommend going and see this beautiful and vibrant city at any time of year but New Years is really special.