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10 Reasons I Love Being in Edinburgh at Hogmanay

By Ros @scotlandphohos

So here’s 10 reasons why I love being in Edinburgh this Hogmanay:

  1. 35,000 people squeezed themselves onto on one small hill for the torchlit procession tonight. It takes about an hour for the tail end of the procession to arrive on the hill, and then the fireworks start. While folk waited, there was loads of goodwill and banter – a truly fantastic atmosphere.
  2. Walking back from Calton Hill, chatting to a hoard of happy Vikings.
  3. Spotting a policeman helping a couple by taking a photo for them, with their flaming torches.
  4. After an absolute deluge on Monday, we got a clear, and  almost still, evening for the fireworks the night before Hogmanay.
  5. There’s so many photogenic moments – Edinburgh is a beautiful city during the day, and it completely comes alive at night, with lights, flaming torches, brightly lit funfair rides, and of course the fireworks displays.
  6. The views from the city hills are great for watching the fireworks if you’re not so keen on being part of the city center crowds.
  7. The Hogmanay street party is celebrating its 21st birthday this year – we’re going to get a night to remember!
  8. This year’s street party is also celebrating the launch of Homecoming Scotland 2014. At midnight, fireworks will be fired simultaneously across Scotland. As the bells strike, we’ll be joining in the world’s biggest rendition of Auld Lang Syne.
  9. And a wee practical thing – after the bells there  are free buses home for anyone staying within Edinburgh.
  10.  As well as Edinburgh’s world famous Hogmanay Street party the official Hogmanay website has details of concerts, the Street Party carnival, Scot:Lands, and the Loony Dook.
Highland pipers at the Torchlit procession
Highland pipers at the Torchlit procession
Vikings lead the torchlit procession onto Princes Street
Vikings in the torchlit procession at the foot of The Mound
Torchlit procession on The Mound
The torchlit procession on The Mound

Saltire in the sky over Calton Hill folly
A Saltire in the sky over Calton Hill folly
Crowds watching the fireworks on Calton Hill
Fireworks on Calton Hill

The crowd and the Calton Hill fire sculpture for 2014

What’s your favorite thing about being in Edinburgh at New Year?


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