Going to Scotland For Hogmanay: #Blogmanay

Living a nomadic lifestyle, over the past eight years, has meant I’m rarely been in one place when the pages of the calendar turn from one year to the next.

In the past decade, I’ve spent more time in Asia than I have in North America (Canada).

More often than not I’ve been wearing t-shirts and shorts chilling out in an exotic warm locale as opposed to bundling up in a parka and braving a Canadian winter.

However, that’s all about to change at the end of this year and I couldn’t be more excited!

To celebrate 2014 I’m heading to Edinburgh, Scotland to  participate in Hogmanay!

Aside from celebrating the New Year in style, I’m also looking forward to sampling Scottish foods and beverages including Haggis, deep fried mars bars and whisky.

I’ve never visited Scotland before and I’ve never been to Europe during this time of year!

Considering I’m part Scottish, I couldn’t be more excited to be celebrating the New Year in Edinburgh, Scotland!

After the celebrations I’ll be traveling to the Scottish Highlands for some stunning scenery.

Hogmanay in Edinburgh, Scotland - 2014.

What is Hogmanay?

It is the word the Scots use for the last day of the year; however, unlike most celebrations around the world, Hogmanay is much grander than just a one day event.

Over the course of a three day celebration, I’ll be wielding a fiery torch in my hand as I parade across town, dancing to Scottish folk music and drinking the night away – preferably with a glass a whiskey in my hand 😉

These are the main events:

* The Street Party:   As many as 80,000 kindred spirits will be celebrating the New Year in Edinburgh with local and international bands playing across multiple stages.

* Torchlight Procession:  Did you say Vikings?  Up Helly Aa’ Vikings from the Shetlands will kick off the Torchlight processions by marching through city en route to Calton Hill.

* The Keilidh:  We’re going to party like it’s 2014!  This colossal event consists of a massive outdoor dance party where food, drinks and bogeying will all be happening aplenty.

* Loony Dook:  This event takes the cake.  Imagine, a large mob willingly clad in bathing suits (and other bizarre attire) parading down High Street with the ultimate goal of plunging into the icy waters of the River Forth.  Indeed, it’s going down.  The only question is whether or not I’ll be brave enough to join them 😉

Firework Display - Hogmanay Street Party, Dornoch, Scotland

How You Can Follow:

Live updates will be post on twitter under the hashtag #Blogmanay



#blogmanay is brought to you by Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and is supported by ETAGEventScotlandHomecoming Scotland,VisitScotlandEdinburgh FestivalsMarketing Edinburgh and co-creators Haggis Adventures. Created and produced by Unique Events. As always, all opinions expressed here are entirely our own.

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Maria December 28, 2013 at 11:05 am

Yes! I’m so thrilled for us, um… I mean you and Audrey. *laugh* Seriously, I am excited for me too ’cause you’re gonna reveal it like no one else can. Yay!


Samuel Jeffery January 15, 2014 at 4:48 am

Thanks Maria!

We had such a wonderful time that we’ve penciled it in as a ‘must destination’ for the spring/summer again as well.


Dariece - Goats On The Road December 28, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Awesome! I’m 1/2 Scottish and this party sounds amazing. I’ve never been to the land of the kilts either! Have a great time :)



Samuel Jeffery January 15, 2014 at 4:54 am

Thanks Dariece!

We had such a great time. I highly recommend going if you get a chance soon :)


Renuka December 28, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Great! Looking forward to the fun in Scotland! Thanks for introducing me to Hogmanay!


Samuel Jeffery January 15, 2014 at 5:50 am

Renuka, hope you can experience it one day! It’s a bucket-list kind of event.


Lunaguava December 29, 2013 at 5:04 am

Always fun to go back to one’s roots, particularly if they involve downing copious amounts of whiskey. Edinburgh is lovely and the Scottish folk are big fans of a good party. Major celebrations like Hogmanay tend to get quite rowdy at times though, so, you know, some caution and all that… Hope you have a grand time! Good luck!


Samuel Jeffery January 15, 2014 at 6:18 am

I certainly agree with you about Scots knowing how to throw a good party!

My last night was a drunk fest where I was even riding a dancing pole…hehe


Ryan December 29, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Saw this on Audrey’s as well, this looks like a freakin’ blast mate! I’m opposite of you, it’ll be the first time in a long time not shiverin’ in me boots in Washington D.C.

Have an awesome New Years and I’ll catch you when you’re back in Thailand!


Samuel Jeffery January 15, 2014 at 6:17 am

Thanks Ryan!

I hope you enjoyed the warm SE Asia weather for New Year’s! I’m getting kind of used to it, so having a proper cold one was kind of exotic…lol


Carmen December 29, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Would love to celebrate NYE here at least once! Have celebrated in Scotland before but in Glasgow – don’t think it’s the same. It’s certainly on our bucketlist!
Enjoy :-)


Samuel Jeffery January 15, 2014 at 6:16 am


Definitely worth doing it in Edinburgh. I’m excited to check out Glasgow for the first time this summer!


Jess @UsedYorkCity January 7, 2014 at 2:04 am

This sounds amazing! Also, wanted to drop by and let you know I read your E-Book over the holiday break and absolutely loved it, great tips for travel blogging! Looking forward to implementing many in 2014!:-)


Samuel Jeffery January 15, 2014 at 6:04 am

Thanks Jess,

Glad you found it useful! Best wishes with your blog and travels in 2014 :)


Natascia Russo January 15, 2014 at 1:41 pm

My husband and I lived in Scotland for more than 2 years but now traveling Asia. Oh how I miss this party and all the fun. Those parties are awesome!


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