As part of our New Years celebrations in Edinburgh we joined in the Hogmanay Torch Procession which is held every year on the 30th December. We joined the crowds at the beginning of the Royal Mile and walked through Edinburgh’s Old Town, blazing torches in hand.
The Hogmanay Torch Procession is accompanied by bagpipers and drummers, fire everywhere you look and an amazing atmosphere. It’s family-friendly, fun and affordable! We paid £14 each for our ticket and torch combination and it was money well spent for such a unique experience!
The procession ended in the historic Holyrood Park where all of the torchbearers came together to form the outline of Scotland from the sky! It’s a long stroll down and then back up the Royal Mile but it is so worth the experience.
I recommend if you wear glasses to wear them, or even wear/take sunglasses because it got windy near the end and I had ash fly into my eye. I then joined many others in the same situation in the first aid tent to have our eyes flushed out. There was no long term damage, just a bit of discomfort. This would have easily been avoided by wearing glasses. In our typical holiday style and being the accident-prone traveller that I am, I of course was the one to get injured!
The Hogmanay Torch Procession was so much fun and we would recommend it to anyone who is in Edinburgh for New Years. Edinburgh is my favourite city in the UK and such an awesome place to celebrate the New Year!
Edinburgh is such an amazing place to spend New Years and the celebrations continue over three days! Edinburgh is also really easy to get to and from on the roads and via train and plane links such as the train going Liverpool Lime Street and down to London!
This post was written in collaboration with Southern Railway.
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