Hodmanay ( new year )

Edinburgh, Scotland

Celebrate new year in style

When it comes to seeing in the New Year with a bang, no city on earth can compare to Edinburgh. Every year, the Scottish capital plays host to an incredible three-day festival called Hogmanay. It’s an extravaganza of music, dance, food, drink, and old
Gaelic traditions – and the whole world is invited. First brought to Scotland in the 8th century by the Vikings, the Hogmanay festivities were originally held to celebrate the passing of the Winter Solstice. A millennium on, Hogmanay
remains Scotland’s liveliest party, with hundreds of thousands of revellers taking to the streets of Edinburgh each year. From torchlight processions to candlelit concerts, giant street parties to dramatic fireworks over the castle,
Hogmanay is an unforgettable way to celebrate the end of the old year and birth of the new.

The Principal Edinburgh George Street is one of the city’s most luxurious hotels, situated right in the heart of the New Town. Spread across five Georgian townhouses, which were originally built in 1775, the boutique hotel has large, comfortable rooms and suites, and a choice of excellent dining options.

It was awarded Scottish Hotel of the Year at the 2017 Scottish Hotel Awards.

For fine dining in the heart of Edinburgh, head to 21212. This Michelin-starred restaurant, owned by celebrity chef Paul Kitching, offers a lip-smacking five-course tasting menu. Every delicious dish uses the best local produce, whether it’s Scottish venison, smoked salmon, or a range of artisan cheeses.


See the beautiful baroque Palace of Holyroodhouse on our exclusive, after-hours private tour – with champagne. There’s no better way to learn the history of the Queen’s official residence in Scotland.

These are only suggestions. We’ll tailor everything to suit your individual interests, budget and schedule.