Events

Events

September 12, 2009

Festival Time In Edinburgh

Edinburgh Festival

 

 

 

Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, comes alive in August, playing host to a month long, internationally renowned celebration of the arts.   Music,  drama, comedy, art, literature – with thousands of performances taking place in one of the most beautiful cities in the  world, there is something for everyone at the Edinburgh Festival and you will certainly be spoilt for choice!  “The Festival” is actually  several different events which run simultaneously including the International Festival, the Festival Fringe, the Book Festival  and the International Jazz & Blues Festival.  It is estimated that the population of the city doubles in August as visitors and  performers alike descend on Scotland’s capital.  And there is nothing better on a warm August afternoon than strolling up  the Royal Mile, watching the street performers and soaking up that unique festival atmosphere.

 

The other major happening in Edinburgh in August is the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo, an amazing spectacle of music and dance that takes place in the open air on theEdinburgh Military Tattoo parade ground of Edinburgh Castle.  A highlight every year is the Massed Pipes and Drums, which is a stirring sight no visitor would want to miss.

For advice on where to stay and what to see, and for tickets to the Tattoo and other festival events, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

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September 12, 2009

A Scottish New Year

 
New Year is celebrated all over the world, but no-one does a Hogmanay Party like the Scots!  Edinburgh’s celebrations are probably the best known, and the Edinburgh Street Party attracts thousands of revellers every year to ring in the bells on Princes Street.  Against the magical backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, fireworks light up the sky – there can be no better start to the New Year!  Other Scottish cities including Glasgow and Inverness also hold street parties.  At Scottish Highland Trails we can arrange your Scottish New Year package, either as a short break or as part of a longer tour.  Whether you want to be part of the big Hogmanay party in Edinburgh, or if you see yourself bringing in the New Year whilst sitting by a roaring log fire, quaffing malt whisky in a remote Scottish castle, we can create a tour package to suit.  Please contact us for all your Scottish New Year vacation requirements.
 
The roots of the Scottish New Year celebrations lie with the Protestant Reformation in the 1500s.  Christmas was decried by the Kirk as a Catholic feast day, and the people of Scotland were discouraged from celebrating Christmas.  Indeed, right up until the 1950s, Christmas Day in Scotland was not a holiday, but New Year was – and the Scots certainly made the most of it!
 
For auld lang syne my dear
For auld lang syne
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne
 
Sung the world over, and attributed to the great Scottish poet Robert Burns, Auld Lang Syne is traditionally sung at New Year.  But the question most people ask is “what on earth does it mean?!”
 
Literally translated, auld lang syne means “old long ago”.  The “cup of kindness” referred to in the song is a drink shared among friends, so the song is an invitation to have a toast to the good old days and to your friends, new and old.  Sounds like a good idea – slainte!  (Cheers!)
 
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