Auld Lang Syne In All Its Glory
Where is the Hogmanay?
Hogmanay is held throughout Scotland, but the main festivities occur in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh.
When is Hogmanay?
Hogmanay commences on 30 December each year and the festivities run well into the new year on 1 January.
What is Hogmanay?
Hogmanay is how the Scots celebrate New Year. Unlike most of the world, where it is a one night event, the Scots really party hard and make it a 3 day festival to remember
Edinburgh Hogmanay Tours
One of the easiest ways to enjoy the Hogmanay in Edinburgh is to join one of the many tours on offer. We have some information on a few of the great tour operators for the Edinburgh Hogmanay. The following tour operators are some of the biggest and best in the business and they will be sure to provide you with an amazing experience that is sure to cure your travel FOMO.
If you want to see in the New Year in style then get to Edinburgh, the home of HAGGiS Adventures. HAGGiS has two main options for Hogmanay. The first is a 5 day Hogmanay trip that starts and finishes in Edinburgh. But if time is a factor and you need a way to get there, then the HAGGiS 4 day Hogmanay trip with transport included from London is probably your way to go. They also have a 7 day option where you can combine a Hogmanay Tour with a three day adventure to the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye. Included in all the HAGGiS Hogmany trips is accommodation, a Hogmanay Street Party Pass, their exclusive HAGGiS Ceilidh night and transfer to the Loony Dook. HAGGiS starts the countdown to New Year early with a Kiwi and Aussie New Year Party during the day on 31 December. You will also have plenty of free time to check out everything that Edinburgh has to offer
The Contiki Hogmanay Tours have two main options. One that starts in Edinburgh and the other that commences in London. Contiki have 5 day Hogmanay tours from both destinations and obviously the London option includes return coach travel to and from Edinburgh. Accommodation for all the Contiki Hogmanay Trips will be multi-share hostel accommodation with continental breakfast each morning. Their Hogmanay Trips include fantastic party nights with awesome atmosphere and of course, an entrance ticket to the legendary Hogmanay street party is included. Also included will be an Edinburgh city orientation walk, a visit to the stunning Stirling Castle and an opportunity to check out the crazy Loony Dook, a fun charity swim in the Firth of Forth on New Year’s Day.
Hogmanay Travel Information
To be in Edinburgh for Hogmanay is one of the must-do travel experiences. We have extensive information on all Hogmanay travel and tour options available. With hundreds of thousands of people going to the Hogmanay festival each year, Edinburgh becomes a very busy place and available accommodation, trains and flights to Edinburgh can become hard to come by. We advise you to book as early as you possibly can.
If you are an independent traveller and you like to book it all yourself, then we have all the tools required for you to get the best out your Hogmanay in Edinburgh experience. Check out our Accommodation booking page, where you will find both our Hotel and Hostel Search Engines. If you need to book flights, we have a great Flight Search Engine that searches hundreds of online travel and airline websites to find you the best deal. With all our search engines all deals are located on one easy page for you to click, compare and book.
If you're already in the United Kingdom, before going to Hogmanay, or if you are planning on travelling around the UK or Europe afterwards, then it might be easier to look at train travel in and out of Edinburgh. Check out our Rail Europe page, where you can purchase tickets and passes, as well as check train schedules.
Edinburgh Hogmanay Information
The Scots have always been a highly hospitable bunch proud of their tradition. And for the brave, what better way to see it in action than during Hogmanay — Europe's finest celebration of the new year.
Enjoy a wee dram in a Royal Mile pub then stomp up a hill with thousands of others, torches ablaze. Follow it up the next night along with hundreds of thousands of other revellers on the streets of Edinburgh to some huge headline acts and the splendor of Edinburgh Castle as a backdrop. Many events over the three days of Hogmanay are ticketed, so get in early to avoid disappointment.
Many theories have been brought forward to explain the origin of the word “Hogmanay”. The most notable theories explain that the word has Flemish, Scandinavian, or Anglo-Saxon origins. Nevertheless, what is the origin of Hogmanay celebrations? Historians believe that the Hogmanay celebrations are deep-rooted from the Vikings who treated the eve of the New Year with special interest.
There will be plenty of things happening at the Hogmanay in Edinburgh, but there is nothing like singing Auld Lang Syne at midnight in the country where the song originated. It really is a wickedly incredible experience.