Monday, 2 May 2011

Spending Hogmanay in Edinburgh

Fireworks to celebrate the start of the torchlit parade
Edinburgh is one of the best places in the world to celebrate Hogmanay and I finally had a chance to go down an experience it for myself. The celebrations last for several days all across the city. However, being a poor student I didn't really have any money to attend the street party or the carnival, but it was mainly the fireworks that I wanted to see.

The Hogmanay celebrations started on the 30th of December with a small firework display and a pipe band leading the torchlit procession which we actually attended completely by accident on our way to meet some friends. We marched along with the crowd for a short while, but headed off once we reached Princes Street. The sight of the crowd was fantasic though, it was like a wall of fire slowly marching through Edinburgh.
Pipe band leading the procession

On Hogmanay itself, we went to a friend's house first for a few drinks and then headed out to climb a hill to see the fireworks. Originally I had planned to climb Arthur's seat but that would have taken too long so instead we headed to the Braids as it was nearby and still offered a good view. The firework display was stunning, especially with the silhoutte of Edinburgh and the castle below. After the display was over, we started walking into Edinburgh until we were able to catch a taxi and headed to Mr. Modo's (a pub) to have a few drinks to celebrate and also to meet up with some more friends. It was a great night and we even got free anti-Santa hats that the DJ was giving away. Finally, we caught the free night bus that the city was providing and headed home to sleep.

Fun at Mr. Modo's

It was a lot of fun, although hopefully another time, when I have more money, I'll be able to fully experience Hogmanay in Edinburgh and attend the street party.


Fireworks over Edinburgh Castle
The wall of fire

Vikings leading the procession

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