Set the table and don your finest tartan, Burns Night is just around the corner! Celebrations in the South of Scotland and around the world may look slightly different this year, but they are by no means less exciting.
Celebrating Robert Burns, Scotland’s National Poet, on the 25th of January every year is a tradition that is inextricably linked to the South. After all, the ploughman poet spent much of his life in and around Dumfries. First staying at Ellisland Farm and later in the town centre in what is now known as Robert Burns House. The bard even etched some verses into a window of his local watering hole, the Globe Inn.
So, as Scots and Scotland-lovers alike gather to celebrate his life and work, we have rounded up some of the events held in his honour. Whether you plan to host your own Burns Night at home or are looking to tune in to the festivities online, read on.
Please note: In light of the coronavirus pandemic, health and safety are of paramount importance. Stay safe and adhere to current government guidance. If you are going for walks or exercise, always follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Closures and access restrictions may apply and will be lifted in line with government guidance. Always check with places directly and prebook where possible.
Tune in to the Big Burns Supper, Scotland’s largest contemporary Burns celebration. This year, the event joins forces with Scotland’s much loved comic hero of 2020, Janey Godley as Big Burns Supper goes digital for 2021. The star-studded programme includes special contributions from local, national and international artists, including Donovan, KT Tunstall and Dougie Maclean.
Tune in for free on Facebook, Youtube or the Big Burns Supper Website.
Celebrate the bard a few days early – on the 22nd of January – with this special evening of songs and stories from Burns Home at Ellisland. With contributions from leading Burns Clubs as well as musical entertainment from award-winning singer Emily Smith and youth ambassador Rose Byers, a night of immortal memories is guaranteed.
Burns Night Delivered to your Home
If you’re planning to host your own Burns Supper, add locally prepared treats to your spread. Head to one of the local butchers in the South of Scotland for freshly prepared haggis or pick up cheese from one of our many farm shops. And to elevate your Address to the Haggis, make sure to serve one of the whiskies from these parts, too – Annandale, Bladnoch and the Borders Distillery all offer excellent choices for the evening.
There’ll be no need to hunt your own Haggis thanks to the team at Oblo Bar & Bistro. Their 5-course Takeaway Taster Menu features traditional Burns Night scran, including homemade Cranachan from award-winning Giacopazzi’s.
The award-winning Allanton Inn is offering a delicious special menu for Burns Night for preorder and pickup. It features traditional dishes as well as options for those looking to try something different.
Selkirk Distillers – Selkirk
Mix up your Selkirk Grace with a spirit from Selkirk! Especially for Burns Night, Selkirk Gin is offering Gin and Cheese Boxes. Each box comes with a bottle of Selkirk Gin, tonic, oatcakes and two kinds of cheese.
In honour of Burns Night, The Horseshoe Inn has added a variety of traditional dishes to their takeaway menu. Choose from cranachan cheesecake locally shot haggis, as well as seared Borders lamb.
Order online for delivery and takeaway from The Allan Ramsay. For Burns Night, the coaching inn has added meat as well as veggie options to their menu.