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When it comes to celebrating the New Year in true style, Scotland is the only place to be. Whether you want to party the night away or relax in a cosy cottage in a remote location, Scotland is a wonderful location in which to start the New Year.

Hogmanay is the name of Scotland’s traditional New Year celebration, and is one of the highlights of the whole year in this beautiful country.

Indeed, it is regarded by many Scots as the most anticipated and most significant event of the year. The popularity of this mid-winter celebration has proved contagious - with people from all over the world choosing to travel to Scotland (and in particular Edinburgh) to toast the season in memorable fashion.

Hogmanay Edinburgh Style

The wonderful capital city Edinburgh is justly famed for its epic street party, where around 100,000 people gather under the shadow of Edinburgh Castle to party dance into the New Year. There is a fantastic variety of live entertainment and music, plus the stunning Midnight fireworks. There are also plenty of other events offered both before and after the day itself, with something for everyone.

Hogmany in Stirling

There can be few setting as dramatic as the ancient Stirling castle in which to celebrate the season. The town organises big name bands each year to serenade the party goers, plus a firework display to rival the one in Edinburgh.

Hogmanay in Inverness

Here in the beautiful capital of the Highlands, Hogmanay is a very special occasion. Highlights include a huge outdoor party in this spectacular setting - it is hard to think of a more atmospheric place to start the New Year with a bang.

Hogmanay in Glasgow

Perfect for all the family, New Year in Scotland’s second city incorporates everything you could wish for when celebrating with the family - with activities, music and ceilidh dancing - perfect for those with younger children who are looking for a slightly more sedate experience.

Across Scotland, you will find that nearly all restaurants, pubs and other venues will offer their own take on the Hogmanay celebrations. Many villages and towns have their own unique traditions, many involving fireworks or, in the case of Kirkwall on Orkney - football!

Whether you are looking for a complete Hogmanay package, an exclusive venue or a relaxing mini break, it is advisable to book sooner rather than later. Scotland’s reputation for being the king of New Year precedes it, so things do tend to book up very fast.

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