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New Year’s Eve celebrations in Edinburgh actually last four days, so why not join in?

Where better to spend New Year than in Scotland, where Hogmanay is huge? The festival in Edinburgh is 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, reports the Telegraph. So join the torch-holding locals (you can buy one en route for £7) as they march to the tune of bagpipes from Parliament Square at 6.30pm through Edinburgh's streets. The procession culminates in an amazing fireworks display over Calton Hill.

Celebrations then continue over the next three days, with a memorable New Year's Eve street party, a £15 ticketed event featuring great staged live music (this year The Coral and Newton Faulkner) and a huge crowd of people dancing the night away. There’s also a quieter candlelit concert in St Giles' Cathedral and an outdoor ceilidh (Gaelic music and dancing). If you’re still on your feet, entertainment continues on New Year's Day with more concerts. K T Tunstall is headlining and Ian Rankin, who has brought Edinburgh so alive for his readers through the eyes of John Rebus, is also making an appearance. The street festivals and partying finally wind up on the 2nd of January.

For more information of events visit www.edinburghshogmanay.org and www.visitscotland.com/whiteinvite

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