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Auld Lang Syne in the Midst of Rainy Hogmanay...

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A January 2008 trip to Edinburgh by Red Mezz

MIsty night on main street Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland More Photos
Quote: A more perfect way to ring in a new year is hard to imagine than in Edinburgh, singing the Burns song with hundreds of Scots...

Auld Lang Syne in the Midst of Rainy Hogmanay...

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MIsty night on main street Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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The build up of New Years and the incredible celebrations it must entail seems so often to be a dismal let down. Year after year I have attempted planning some huge way to ring in the new year, and all too often I've ended up doing it sitting on the couch with left-overs from Christmas - watching others celebrating it on TV. It is true that you never seem to experience the great things around where you live, and though I've been outside in my time in Edinburgh when Hogmanay was under way - I've never properly spent the night out on the streets or enjoying the atmosphere of what is in actuality one of the best new years parties in the world. This year, being my last in Edinburgh, ...Read More

Maison Bleue

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Restaurant

Maison Bleue Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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There are many ways to do any celebration - and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is no exception to that. So many revellers spent the night on the streets in many different variations of casual to formal that you can do the holiday however you choose. However - my husband and I chose to make it a formal event this year seeing as it would be our last in this grand capitol city - and so it is on a bit of a formal tour I will take you of this Scottish New Year. Somewhat breaking with my 'On a mega budget' review’ the restaurant we spent the evening at was the sublime Maison Bleue. For my taste - this restaurant was the absolute perfect combination of relaxed and formal. Having been...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 3, 2008

Maison Bleue
36-38 Victoria Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2JW
+44 0131 226 1900

Midnight Fireworks from North Bridge

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Misty view over North Bridge Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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The pinnacle, and final event of the four day Hogmanay celebration all comes together for the big finally of the fireworks display. This is New Years celebrations at its best. Where ever you people may have been for the evening - what ever kind of party was their particular cup of tea, and no matter how rowdy or calm and formal it has been up to this point, this is where everyone comes together to enjoy the festivities together in the most pleasant and friendly atmosphere I've had the pleasure of experiencing at a big, city centre event. We finished our fancy meal in Maison Bleue on Victoria street right at 1140, which left just about the perfect amount of time to wander up alon...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 3, 2008

Standard

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Attraction | "The Standard"

Standard Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Deciding to make it a somewhat formal night on the town for New Years eve this last year we would be spending in the capitol of Scotland, my husband and I set out in dressy evening wear and wanted a place to have a bit of a drink before dinner that was close, and suited to our attire. Though not the kind of place I would normally go for a drink as it's a bit pricey and most evenings filled with office people from the numerous offices in the New Town area, The Standard can be quite a nice place to stop for a pleasant drink. The bar is located almost at the bottom of Howe Street, just a few minutes walk up to George Street and the centre of the city. As we were coming from the Broug...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 3, 2008

Standard
24 Howe Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH3 6TG
+44 0131 225 6490

Torchlight Procession

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One of the most unique and stunning sights of the entire Hogmanay festivities is the annual candle 'Torchlight Procession.' More than any other event that springs to mind this one is good for the whole family - and can be both watched (for free) or participated in (for a very small amount). The dates and locations of the procession are subject to change every year, so be sure to keep an eye on the website (http://www.edinburghshogmanay.org/whats-on/torchlight-procession)For the specific dates and times of the event on the year in which you wish to go. In 2007 - the procession took place on the 29th of December at 6:00 and began at Parliament Square on the Royal Mile. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 24, 2008