Burns night is nearly upon us!
Celebrated annually on Robert Burns’ birthday, 25 January, Burns Night gathers Scots and Scots-at-heart around the world to pay tribute to the great poet’s life and works. There will be haggis eating, ceilidh dancing, songs, poetry and more, but most importantly – good company and loads of fun.
Whatever way you want to celebrate Burns Night, Perth can cater for all! With several organised Burns nights happening in Perth and also some great local butchers where you can pick up a fantastic Haggis to cook yourself. We are sure you can find your own way to pay tribute to the great Scottish poet!
To get the ball rolling we have been on the hunt to find the best ways to celebrate Burns night in the Fair City.
Without further ado, here are the 6 top ways to celebrate Burns Night in Perth this year.
1) Explore The Riverside Night Lights ‘Burns Theme’
When: Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th January , 2017, from 17:00
Where: Norie-Miller Walk, Perth, PH2 7TR
Perth’s Riverside Light Nights will tell the story of how Robbie Burns started his life as a poor tenant farmer and through channeling his intellectual energy into poetry became one of the most famous characters of Scotland’s cultural history. With stunning lighting, music, street theatre, dance and folklore the life and work of Robbie Burns will be portrayed to all that attend. Other fantastic themed nights throughout the run include celebrations of Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day. There will be food, drink, and lots of other surprises to delight you throughout the Light Nights For more information visit event page.
2) Enjoy a Delicious Burns Supper at the Perth Bothy
When: Thursday 25th – Friday 26th January
Where: The Bothy, 33 Kinnoull St, Perth PH1 5EN
You can enjoy a delicious 4 Course Menu that has been specifically created to run during the two nights. With seasonal and traditional favourites there sure is something for everyone.
On Thursday 25th the Bothy will have a ‘Meet the Maker’ event, courtesy of Dewar’s Whisky, who will be here to talk through the history and heritage of the brand – and of course will have some tipples to sample too.
The main event, however, will take place on FRIDAY 26TH JANUARY at The Bothy, with a ceilidh running from 10:30PM onwards.
The Burns supper is priced at £21.95pp – but both the ‘Meet the Maker’ and ceilidh are free to attend!
Find out more information at The Bothy’s website.
3) Celebrate With The Perth Burns Club at the Salutation Hotel
When: Saturday, January 27, 2017, 18:30 for 19:00
Where: Salutation Hotel, 30-34 South St, Perth PH2 8PH
The club’s Annual Dinner, widely recognised as being one of the country’s leading Burns Nights and also one of Perth’s foremost social occasions, will be held in the Salutation Hotel, for the 40th consecutive year on Saturday, on the 27th January from 6.30pm for 7pm.
The Immortal Memory is to be proposed by Kirsteen McCue, Professor of Scottish Literature and Song Culture at the University of Glasgow.
The Toast to The Lasses will be proposed by Bob Abercrombie and the Reply will be given by his wife Ali.
The entertainment will be of the accustomed high standard. Holly Jarvis, Paul Vaughan and Craig Dennis will sing. Howard Duthie will accompany. Jim Aitken, Iain Harkins and Eilidh Donnachie will recite. Shona Rae and Karen Low will play the fiddle.
The evening will be under the chairmanship of the club president Jim Calderwood.
Dress for the function is optional but the wearing of formal or Highland dress is encouraged.
Tickets prices are £25 (members) and £30 (guests). Advance reservations can now be made by emailing the club secretary Iain Mackintosh.
For more information visit the website
4) Enjoy a Night at the Mercure Hotel with the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal
When: Saturday 27 January at 18:30–1:00
Where: Mercure Hotel, W Mill St, Perth PH1 5QP
The evening will consist of a 3 course meal (pre-ordered alternative dietary options available) of Soup, Haggis, Neeps & Tatties (what else could it be!) with a dram to accompany, finished off with Cranachan and Tea/Coffee.
They will have an address to the haggis and a some anecdotes from renowned local after dinner speaker ‘Scott Glynn’, as well as music being provided by the ‘Adin Graham Scottish Dance Band’, who’ve won a number of awards including “Young Ceilidh Band of the Year 2016”.
For those intending to stay over, special rates have been negotiated with the hotel. Tickets priced at £35pp.
5) Relax At The Robert Burns Lounge
When: Wednesday 24th January, from 4:00PM
Where: The Robert Burns Lounge, 3 County Pl, Perth PH2 8EE
Where better to celebrate Burns Night but at The Robert Burns Lounge! The team always offer a warm welcome to locals and visitors alike in their cosy wee venue with the Baird himself presiding over the entrance wall!
And Burns Night is always a great celebration starting at 4pm with the piping in of the haggis and the traditional address. This will then be followed by a performance by the talented Ally Alcorn whilst you enjoy a plate of traditional Scottish food – and a drink or two! And to help celebrate, the team at The Burns are offering a plate of haggis, neeps and tatties for FREE!
6) Mix it up at the Everest Inn
When: Thursday 25th January
Where: The Everest Inn, 36 S Methven St, Perth PH1 5NU
If you don’t fancy the traditional Scottish cuisine this Burns Night, why not mix it up at the Everest Inn?
On arrival, you will receive Local Malt Whisky, Glass of Prosecco, Haggis Canape, Crispy papadums with pickle tray. This will then be followed by a three-course meal with lots of tasty treats to choose from!.
Burns Night Menu £25.95pp. Visit the website for more details.
7) Enjoy a Delicious Traditional Meal from Locally Sourced Suppliers
Simon Howie haggis and puddings are made from their own traditional recipe by their team of award-winning chefs and butchers. They pride themselves on only using the finest ingredients when producing their delicious range of haggis and puddings.
As well as being Scotland’s national dish commonly eaten to celebrate Burns night in January, haggis is a hugely versatile ingredient which can be enjoyed year round.
Who would have thought you could get such a selection of haggis. Howies supply: The Original Haggis, The Wee Haggis, Sliced Haggis, Cheiftan Haggis.
Find out more on their website
DG Linday Butchers 15 North Methven Street, Perth PH1 5PN
Provender Brown Delicatessen 23 George St, Perth PH1 5JY
A delight not to be missed, Provender Brown has won a number of prestigious national awards reflecting the range of produce, excellent customer service and general “deli attitude”.
PS: Don’t forget to bring your Perth Gift Card with you, as these businesses (plus many other brilliant independent businesses) accept the gift card!