New Year breaks, Scotland 2010: made to be repeated!
There’s nowhere better to spend New Year than in Scotland, where Hogmanay is huge. Perhaps because at one point in its history, celebrating Christmas in Scotland was banned, the Scotts have always made New Year something special. Whether you’re into street parties in town or a traditional Highlands Hogmanay retreat, there’s something for everyone.
If you signed up for one of the advertised New Year breaks in Scotland in 2010 and had a ball, now is the time to book for this New Year. Visit www.newyearbreaksscotland.co.uk for information on the hogmanay tradition and to book one of their tried and trusted hotels and inns.
New Year’s Eve celebrations in Edinburgh actually last four days, with non-stop partying so why not join in? Refined Edinburgh goes wild for Hogmanay with celebrations which are supposedly the largest in the world.
So take a train (departures every hour www.eastcoast.co.uk or www.thetrainline.com) from London King's Cross and in four to five hours you can be in the Scottish capital.
Festivities start on the 30th of December with a spectacular torchlight ‘Viking’-led procession along the Royal Mile. Join the torch-holding locals as they march to the tune of bagpipes from Parliament Square through Edinburgh's streets. The procession culminates in an amazing fireworks display over Calton Hill.
Celebrations continue over the next three days, with a vibrant New Year's Eve street party, staged live music (a ticketed event) and a huge crowd of people dancing the night away. There’s also an outdoor ceilidh (Gaelic music and dancing).
If you’re still on your feet, entertainment continues on New Year's Day with more concerts and street festivals, and partying finally winds up on the 2nd of January.
So if your choice of New Year breaks in Scotland 2010 proved truly memorable, why not make it a yearly tradition? There’s nowhere better to welcome the New Year!
For more information of events visit www.edinburghshogmanay.org and www.visitscotland.com/whiteinvite