Best Burns Nights around the UK
Burns Howff Club, Dumfries
The Burns Howff Club was formed in 1889 and meets a few times a year in the poet’s favourite drinking den (or “howff), the Globe Hotel, in his hometown of Dumfries. There could be no better introduction to the world of Rabbie than a visit to the Howff Club’s Burns Night event, where some of Scotland’s most dedicated Burns enthusiasts lead the toasts and singing. Since these celebrations are not open to the general public, you must get in touch in advance and arrange a tour, possibly stopping by a few more of Burns’ haunts and the statue of his great love, Jean Armour.
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, England
Music rather than food is the primary focus of the Burns Night event at Suffolk's Theatre Royal. Acclaimed Scottish folk duo Mairi Campbell and David Francis perform a selection of their own tracks, as well as the best of Burns own songs -- including Auld Lang Syne, which they performed on the Sex and the City movie soundtrack. The evening concludes with the inevitable whisky tasting and bagpipes.
Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh
What better way to combine Scotland's two most famous exports than with a special Burns-themed training day at Edinburgh's Scotch Whisky Experience, home to the world's largest collection of Scotch whiskies? The session takes you through every stage of the whisky-making process, from malt and grain production, the secrets of perfect blending and tasting tips – visitors even leave with an official certificate of expertise, recognised by the whisky industry.