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The Best New Year's - Hogmanay Celebrations in Scotland

Where to Find Hogmanay -The Best Scotland New Year's Eve Parties


The Loony Dook New Year's Swim in Queensferry, near Edinburgh

The Loony Dook New Year's Swim in Queensferry, near Edinburgh

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Hogmanay is New Year's Eve and more in Scotland. It is Scotland's biggest winter holiday - far bigger than Christmas in terms of public celebrations and festivities that often go on for four days or more! Here's where to go for Scotland's biggest and most Exciting Hogmanay parties:
  • Edinburgh Hogmanay From December 29 to January 1, Edinburgh holds the biggest New Year's Eve party in the world.
  • Glasgow Hogmanay Who would credit it, that a town with such a hard man reputation as Glasgow would roll up the pavements at 10p.m. for Hogmanay? But that's the hard truth. For Hogmanay 2011/2012, Glasgow has cancelled its big party in George's Square. Instead, the focus will be on family oriented events during the day and early evening, ending at 10 p.m. Sic transit gloria mundi
  • Oban Hogmanay Free, but ticketed, concert, fireworks and other celebrations in Scotland's West Highland's seaside resort.
  • Loch Ness Hogmanay Festival Six-days of partying in Drumnadrochit, walks, football matches, tea dances, rubber ducky race, open air ceilidh and torchlight processing behind massed pipers.
  • Stirling Hogmanay New Year's Eve concert (ticketed) plus traditional pipers and fireworks over Stirling Castle.
  • Biggar Bonfire An enormous bonfire in the center of this small town starts about 9:30p.m. on New Year's Eve.
  • Stonehaven Fireball Festival 60 marchers whirl 16 pound balls of fire around their heads in a dramatic and terrifying spectacle on New Year's Eve.
  • Burghead Hogmanay - The Burning of the Clavie Celebrated on 11 January - or The Old New Year - this is a ritual fire ceremony that involves burning barrels and spectacles to chill the heart of anyone who saw the cult film The Wicker Man.
  • Comrie Flambeau Procession A torchlight procession that can involve thousands of people, many in costumes.

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