Whilst Robert Burns’ poems are still taught in schools up and down the country, to many Scots the national poet really comes alive on 25 January when his birthday is celebrated with Burns Nights up and down the country. These nights offer a fantastic taste of Scottish culture and cuisine, so if you are visiting us at the end of the month, let us know if you’d like to attend one.
What to expect? Burns poetry throughout the night and a delicious menu featuring Scotch malt whisky and, of course, haggis as the traditional main course. At most ‘formal’ Burns Nights, the haggis is ceremoniously piped in before the master of ceremonies recites Rabbie Burns’ ode to it, usually finishing by raising the platter above his head and shouting ‘Gie her a Haggis!’.
Whether or not you follow the proceedings word for word, it’s certainly a fun and entertaining night! If a whole Burns Night sounds a little full on, why not try a traditional plate of Haggis, Neeps & Tatties the next time you’re visiting?