Sunday, December 4th, 2016

New Year’s in Scotland — It’s Time for BLOGMANAY!

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With Christmas freshly finished, I’ve got my next trip planned: Blogmanay!  I’ll be celebrating New Year’s in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Edinburgh, which I’ve long extolled as one of my favorite cities, has one of the world’s best New Year’s celebrations.  People come from all over the world to celebrate Hogmanay.

I’ve been invited to be part of Blogmanay, a groundbreaking initiative bringing 21 top travel bloggers from around the world to broadcast the celebrations live.

Celebrating at Hogmanay

Hogmanay is essentially nonstop mayhem for several days.  I plan to take in as much as possible.  Some of the highlights:

December 30:

Torchlight Procession — a beautiful parade of lit torches through Edinburgh’s city center.

December 31:

Concert in the Gardens — Simple Minds are the main headliners this year.  If I play my cards right, I might get a chance to schmooze with them, too!  Also performing: Bwani Junction and The View.

Hogmanay Street Party and Street Carnival — Imagine a giant party in the streets of Scotland– going on for days on end.  The Scottish love to get their celebration on, so imagine how crazy it will get for New Year’s!

The Keilidh — pronounced “CAY-lee,” this is the traditional Scottish dance party.  I LOVE Scottish dancing and can’t wait to learn more dances!

Midnight Fireworks and World’s Biggest Auld Lang Syne — as you’d expect for New Year’s!  In fact, the tradition of singing Auld Lang Syne at New Year’s began in Edinburgh.

January 1:

Edinburgh’s Dogmanay — Sled racing by dogs — over grass!

Loony Dook — for the insane.  People put on crazy costumes and parade through town — that’s the normal part — then jump into the ocean!  IN JANUARY!!  IN SCOTLAND!!!

That’s just a small sampling of the events taking place at Hogmanay.  See more of them here.

And that’s not all!

On the 2nd, we’ll be heading up to the Scottish Highlands!  This is a trip with Haggis Adventures, a tour company I love, and I’m excited to jump back on the bright yellow Haggis bus for the first time since Up Helly Aa nearly a year ago.

We’ll be visiting Glencoe and Loch Ness, among other destinations, plus taking a full day trip to the beautiful Isle of Skye.  Believe it or not, this is my first trip to the Scottish Highlands.

After that, I sadly must bid farewell to Scotland on the 5th, but the others will be journeying on to lovely St. Andrews.  I’m just waiting for them to make a video reenacting Chariots of Fire.

There’s so much to do in Scotland, even in chilly January — here’s a list of some of the great things that Scotland has to offer.

Follow Along!

To keep up with our updates, follow the #Blogmanay tag on Twitter and Instagram (if you’ll be in Edinburgh for Hogmanay, please join in on the tag!), follow the official Blogmanay tumblr, and stay tuned for updates from top bloggers.

Joining me: Kash from The Budget Traveller, Melvin from Traveldudes, Kirsten from Aviators and a Camera, Mike from Fevered Mutterings, Chris from The Aussie Nomad, Isabelle from Isabelle’s Travel Guide, JD from earthXplorer, Audrey and Dan from Uncornered Market, Peter from Travel Unmasked, Jools from Trains on the Brain, Amanda from A Dangerous Business, Emma from Emma’s Travel Tales, Flora from Flora the Explorer, Mario from Someone Once Told Me, Abhishek from Wild Navigator, Nadine from The Nadwork, Jane from Runaway Jane, Julie from A Lady in London, and Mei and Jo from CC Food Travel.

It’s going to be an amazing time — and I hope you come along for the ride!

Many thanks to the organizers: Edinburgh’s HogmanayEventScotlandVisitScotlandEdinburgh Tourism Action Group (ETAG), Festivals EdinburghHaggis Adventures and Skyscanner.  Images #1 and #2 are courtesy of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay; image #3, Moyan_Brenn; image #4, photojenni.

Comments

14 Responses to “New Year’s in Scotland — It’s Time for BLOGMANAY!”
  1. Noah says:

    Sounds like an incredible opportunity. You should test your limits and surf the Hebrides. You need a full suit in the summer time; the waters must be a real joy in Dec/Jan.

  2. Have fun! Can’t wait to read everyone’s experiences.

  3. Looks like a blast! Don’t forget to have some haggis ;).

  4. Christina says:

    Crazy – I had never heard of Hogmanay before I read this! It sounds like an awesome time, though.

  5. Kieu says:

    Sounds nuts! What a great way into 2013!

  6. I’ve just come back from Christmas in Edinburgh – it’s beautiful there right now! I can’t wait to hear how the New Year goes!

  7. Kara says:

    ahh! so jealous! I LOVE edinburgh as a city, but scotland on the whole! I was there right after new years a couple of years ago and i just remember it being COLD COLD COLD but i didn’t even care because it was such an awesome city! enjoy!!!

  8. Shaun says:

    SO COOL! Really looking forward to reading more about it!

  9. Sofie says:

    I’ll definitely be following the event! Really curious about how it will turn out with so any bloggers reporting on it:)

  10. Can’t wait!! Sad you won’t be joining us in St. Andrews but there’s certainly a TON for us to take in before that. What an end of the year ride it’s going to be 🙂

  11. Looks fantastic! I’m heading there tomorrow and hoping there’s no traffic so I make it in time for the tourch lit procession! Then I’m going to the street party on the 31st. Can’t wait! 🙂

  12. Scotland is a nice place. Great pictures taken!

  13. alan says:

    welcome ta Edinburgh lass i hope you have a great time in our city .
    if it all get ta cold for you will get a friendly warm welcome in all the bars from us locals .
    i for one will be in the castle arms your more than welcome ta pop in for a wee dram on ta dry off . but bring your carry oout

    alan

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