Robert Burns was born in Alloway, Scotland on January 25th 1759 and he was well known for the many poems, lyrics and other pieces that he wrote including Auld Lang Syne.
Burns, who is also known as “Rabbie Burns”, “Bard of Ayrshire”, “Scotland’s Favourite Son” and “The Bard” died on July 21st 1796 and his friends and acquaintances held the first Burns supper on July 21st, the date later changed to his birth date to mark his birthday.
Many venues throughout Scotland organise Burn’s Suppers on or around Burn’s Night and meals are centred around Haggis served on a large platter. Once the Haggis is on the table, “Address to a Haggis” an ode written by Burns is read out before being ceremonially sliced into two pieces. Then your meal can commence.
So how will you be celebrating Burns Night? There’s lots of events going on in The Highlands:
Rabbie Burns Weekend - Strathpeffer will be celebrating Burns Night with an informal weekend-long Burns Carvery.
Burns Day 'Weekend' at the Nevis Range – come along to the Snowgoose to celebrate Scotland's best loved bard with a Burns Lunch, where an addressing of the haggis will take place.
Big Burns Stramash - a full day of events on 23rd January, celebrating the work of Robert Burns and focusing on well-known poem Tam O’ Shanter.
ANNUAL BURNS LUNCH Recreation Hall, Raigmore Hospital – all welcome
Number 27 - Burn Night Special – come along and enjoy Haggis, Neeps & Tatties with a Whisky sauce
Burns Supper @ Boat of Garten Community Hall – go along and enjoy a three course meal, wonderful entertainment and a dram.
During Burns Night events you may find men wearing kilts and women wearing skirts or shawls from their family tartan.
Of course Burns Night suppers also include lots of fun and entertainment!! So whatever you decide to do you’re sure to have a great night.