For New Year’s, Consider Scotland and Hogmanay

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Seeing as it's nearly halfway through November, it's the perfect time to start considering those holiday travel plans.

I usually find myself at home for Christmas and New Year's, but last year I had the opportunity to say farewell to one year and welcome a new one in Scotland. Participating in Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations was a huge highlight of both 2012 and 2013 for me, and these days I'm constantly daydreaming about doing it all over again.

In case you, too, are looking for a unique and really fun way to ring in the New Year this year, I've put together a little teaser video for Hogmanay.

Yes, this video has been 10 months in the making, but I wanted to save it for the perfect time of year — and I think that's now!


Are you convinced to give Hogmanay a shot? If so, you can learn more and buy tickets here.


Is Hogmanay on YOUR bucket list?



*Note: My Hogmanay experience was sponsored last year by Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, supported by VisitScotland, ETAG, Edinburgh Festivals, Haggis Adventures, Skyscanner, and iambassador. However, all opinions and my decision to promote the event again are entirely my own!

"It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and, if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might get swept off to." - JRR Tolkien

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  1. I used to live in Scotland and continue to go back once or twice a year, so I’ve been fortunate enough to attend Hogmanay and the Fringe Festival. But I’d still love to go back for another visit!

      Lucky you! Scotland is one of my favorite countries to visit. I’ve been there for both the festival season AND Hogmanay now, and I honestly can’t say which is my favorite! Such great memories from both.

    Won’t be able to make it this year, but I’m hoping to finally experience Hogmanay next year! Great video by the way, you should make more from other places you’ve been! 🙂

      I hope you do, Beth! Hogmanay was so, so much fun.

      And I’m glad you liked the video! I AM trying to make more, but it takes a ton of time that I unfortunately don’t always have!

    I think it’s great to see how holidays are celebrated in other countries. You realize your traditions are a lot more local than you might have thought, and you see how things are done elsewhere, and it’s pretty interesting.

      I agree! A lot of Hogmanay is just fun (like the concerts and street party and all that), but there are definitely some patently “Scottish” bits to the celebration, too, like the Torchlight Procession and the ceilidh dancing.

    I’ve ALWAYS wanted to visit Edinburgh and this would be such a great reason to go. Great video, thank you so much for sharing!

    Happy travels 🙂

      It’s the perfect reason to go! Glad you enjoyed the video.

    Perfect timing – I just booked for this year and this video now has me even more excited to go!

    I loved Hogmanay! I lived in Edinburgh for a while and it’s a great city. The Beltane Fire Festival in the spring and the Edinburgh International Festival in the summer are a lot of fun too.

      I’ve never heard of the fire festival (sounds cool, though!), but I HAVE been in Edinburgh during festival season in August. It was indeed a lot of fun! Can’t decided if the Festival or Hogmanay was better!

    Does it matter if you go alone? I will spend Christmas in Ireland, but after that I wanna go to Scotland. Unfortunately none of my friends can come :(.

      There will be so many people there that I’m sure you could meet new friends to celebrate with!

    had my best New years in Scotland! I highly recommend it!

    Yep- next year with Haggis. I just need to decide which trip to do 🙂

      Awesome! I’m sure whichever one you choose will be really fun!

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