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Traditional Scottish Haggis, Neeps, Tatties and shot of whiskey (Image: Getty)

Whether grilling virtually at at home – yes, a virtual ceilidh can lift your spirits, or go to a local event, everyone is welcome. 2022 is the Year of Stories in Scotland and this year’s themes will highlight, celebrate and promote the wealth of stories inspired by, written or created in Scotland. Robert Burns composed some of the world’s most instantly recognizable lines of poetry and song. His work is therefore the perfect way to launch the Year of Stories. Here is a selection to get the pulse racing:

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2022 is the Year of Stories, a celebration of stories inspired, written or created in Scotland. (Image: Getty)

Burns Night Events in 2022

Celtic Connections, Glasgow

January 20 – February 6

The famous Celtic Connections returns with a program of events to celebrate traditional folk, roots, Americana, jazz and soul music. As well as showcasing outstanding musical talent, performances including exhibitions, film screenings and lectures are set to take place across Glasgow. Although the Omicron variant has meant that the festival will not be held on the scale originally hoped, a form of festival that brings the connection and joy of Celtic Connections to the public, while being both doable and safe for all people involved, will be presented.

Ticket prices vary. To consult the full program of events and book online, go to Celtic Connections – Home

Royal Yacht Britannia Burns Supper, Edinburgh

January 28 and 29

Once again, one of Edinburgh’s most iconic attractions, the Royal Yacht Britainnia, will host its annual Burns Supper on board. On January 28 or 29, guests can enjoy a delicious five-course meal that showcases the finest Scottish ingredients. Traditional Scottish music will be played throughout dinner and the traditional ‘Speech to a Haggis’ will be followed by a whiskey tasting in the State Drawing Room. The evening is also enhanced with a glamorous red carpet entrance, drinks and canapes reception and a tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia – certainly a special evening fit for royalty.

Tickets are priced at £215 per person. For more information and to book online, go to Supper burns | The official Royal Yacht Britannia

Burns Night with Claire Hastings, Dumfries

January 29, 7:30 p.m.

In the market town of Dumfries, the Cairndale Hotel & Leisure Club hosts a traditional Burns Supper with music, poetry and dancing for a memorable evening of rowdy entertainment. With former BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Claire Hastings, along with a spectacular line-up of performers, guests can celebrate the national poet’s birthday in song and style.

Tickets are priced at £35, or 2 DBB nights for £149. For more information, visit Burns Night Cairndale Hotel. To book, call 01387 254 111.

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Burns Night supper celebrated at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (Image: Getty)

Burns Night virtual events in 2022

Burns Big Night In with the National Trust for Scotland

Burns&Beyond, Edinburgh

January 25

Edinburgh’s flagship Burns celebration Burns&Beyond returns for a 4and year, presenting a feast of online music, spoken word, food and whiskey to help you celebrate the bard in style. The spectacular Les Colombes art installation at Saint-Gilles Cathedral will now take place in March. To show the strength and power of Edinburgh as a community, people can add their own paper dove to fly as part of the installation.

For more information and full program details, go to Home – Burns & Beyond : Burns & Beyond (burnsandbeyond.com)

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Portrait of Robert Burns projected onto the front of Prestonfield House in Edinburgh (Picture: PA)

Burns Night: online with Nest Collective

January 25, 8:00-9:30 p.m.

Attendees can dance the night away to a live Ceilidh band (with demo dancers), listen to contributions from famous musicians, and enjoy the ceremony itself from the comfort of their own home. Wearing tartan is strongly encouraged!

The virtual event will be streamed live on YouTube and is free, with donations to support the broadcast and the wider Nest Collective program. Tickets secured on Burns Night: Online – The Nest Collective

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Burns & Beyond Traditional Burns Supper in the Freemasons Hall in 2020 (Image: Getty)

Robert Burns Humanitarian Award

January 25

The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award is an award given annually at the time of Robert Burns’ birthday to a group or individual who has saved, bettered, or enriched the lives of others, or society as a whole, through sacrifice of self, selfless service, charitable or voluntary work, or other humanitarian acts. The winner receives the equivalent of 1759 guineas – a sum which signifies the year of birth of the bard and the currency in circulation at that time – equivalent to £1,800 in today’s currency.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, January 25 via an online ceremony. Further details will be available shortly at Robert Burns Humanitarian Award – South Ayrshire Council

Follow in the footsteps of Burns

2022 is the Year of Stories, a celebration of stories inspired, written or created in Scotland. Fans of the bard can discover the poems and songs inspired by the spectacular Scottish landscapes, explore real-life locations and uncover a wealth of stories related to Rabbie Burns himself on a trip to Scotland.

Ayrshire’s romantic ruins and pretty villages have inspired many of Burns’ masterpieces. A visit to the beautiful village of Alloway will show you what life was like for Burns in the 18and century. There is the cottage where Burns was born and a walk along Path of the Poet leading to a series of weathervanes that tell the story of Tam o’Shanter, as well as the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum where it is possible to take a special behind-the-scenes tour to see Auld Lang Syne’s first original project. Other nearby Burns attractions include the singles club in Tarbolton (open 9 April-September 30, 2022) and Burns house museum at Machlin.

Walkers can take the new self-directed ‘Shadows of the past…Ayr’s Myths, Legends & History’ trail, created as part of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022, to experience Ayr like never before through fascinating stories heritage, macabre and fun! From January 29 to February 5, the road winds through Ayr past Auld Brig and Malt Cross, where a grisly past can be uncovered, to Brig o’ Doon and Alloway Auld Kirk, where Burns found inspiration. See Destination South Ayrshire | Facebook for more details.

In fact, connections to Burns scatter the surrounding area. Perched majestically on the Ayrshire cliff, not far from Maybole where Burns’ parents met, is Culzean Castle (opened April 1, 2022). Erected in Burns’ time, visitors can roam the expansive grounds and even spend the night in one of five impressive suites. To the south of the castle is Kirkoswald, the home of ‘the old, faithful and drouthy buddy’ Souter Johnnie who was immortalized in Tam o’Shanter.

Slow down and admire the beauty of the sea, rivers and mountains on a Whiskey & Burns The cycle tour through Dumfries & Galloway is the perfect way for visitors to savor traditional food and drink while learning about Scotland’s national poet. Along the route in Dumfries, tour groups can experience the pleasures of whiskey once enjoyed by the bard himself in The Globe Inn, one of the oldest inns in the country, and take a seat at Burns’ dining table, surrounded by artifacts and memorabilia. Fans can follow the city’s Burns Trail to Robert Burns House where he spent the last years of his life and see original manuscripts and personal effects.

Named the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, Edinburgh is renowned for its connection to great literary figures, and Robert Burns is no exception. On November 28, 1786, when Burns arrived in Edinburgh, its doors were opened to him. On the Royal Mile, visitors can find a plaque dedicated to Burns near the entrance to Lady Stair’s Close.

The fence contains Court of Makar, an evolving national literary monument celebrating Scottish writers from 14and century to the present day, where famous words have been inscribed on the slabs. While in Edinburgh, Burns fans can see one of Robert Burns’ most famous portraits at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, painted by renowned Scottish artist and friend, Alexander Nasmyth.

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The traditional dish of haggis (Image: Getty)

Eat out or cook your own

Many restaurants offer their own Burns Soupers, including Blackfriars, Deacon Brodies Tavern, Edinburgh School of Food and Wine and Whiskey Bar & Restaurant.

Or host your own. All it takes for a perfect Burns Night is haggis, neeps, tatties, good company… and Scotch whisky, of course! Follow these instructions to plan and host the perfect get-together on January 25.

To start everyone gathers, the host says a few words, everyone is seated and the Selkirk Grace is said.

The meal- the entrée is served, the haggis is played (by a kilted piper, of course, or find a piper “virtually”*), the host performs the Address to a Haggis, everyone wears a haggis toast and the main meal is served, followed by dessert (cranachan is a great option).

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After lunch the first Burns recital is performed, the Immortal Memory (the main tribute speech to Burns) is delivered, the second Burns recital is performed, then there is a Toast to the Lassies, followed by a response to the Toast to the Lassies , before Burns’ final recital is performed.

To end the night the host gives a vote of thanks, everyone rises and sings Auld Lang Syne, crossing their arms and clasping their hands at the line “And there’s a hand, my faithful fere!” Live the virtual Ceilidh dance experience on http://ceilidhexperience.visitscotland.com

To find out more about Burns, his life, his legacy and explore his story in Scotland, go to www.visitscotland.com/burns

For more information on self-catering accommodation in Scotland, go to www.visitscotland.com

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