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A Guide to Hogmanay in Edinburgh

If you’re not a native Scot, then you may have wondered, as many do, what on earth is Hogmanay? Well, let our boutique hotel in Edinburgh explain. Hogmanay is the Scottish word for the last day of the year so, to most people, New Years Eve. The Hogmanay celebrations are normally followed through until January 1st and even the 2nd, which is a Scottish bank holiday. No other country in the world celebrates New Year quite as passionately and wildly as the Scottish, which is why this enormous celebration fascinates and attracts people all over the world.

 

Hogmanay’s Origins

Hogmanay’s origins, although unclear, appear to date back to the celebration of the winter solstice among the Vikings, who invaded Scotland in the early 8th and 9th centuries and they are believed to have brought the tradition with them. Up until the 1950s, many Scots worked over Christmas and thus celebrated the winter solstice at New Year where family and friends would gather for a party and exchange gifts, which became known as Hogmanay’s. This is perhaps why Scotland still carries on the tradition of celebrating Hogmanay so vehemently.

 

 

30th December – Torchlight Procession

To get the party started thousands of torchbearers march through Edinburgh city centre, creating a river of fire down the famous Royal Mile up to Holyrood Park for the grand finale and closing celebrations.

[photo credit: edinburghspotlight.com]

 

31st December – Hogmanay Street Party

 

If you’re fortunate enough to be staying at our boutique Edinburgh hotel for Hogmanay then you’re in for a real treat as you experience one of the most spectacular events! Set against a backdrop of Edinburgh Castle; enjoy the incredible Concert in the Gardens featuring live music, DJs, big screens and outdoor bars as you dance the night away on Princes Street. When the bell strikes midnight, admire the world-famous Hogmanay fireworks on the castle ramparts as Edinburgh joins hands for a national sing-along of Auld Lang Syne.

 

[photo credit: edinburghshogmanay.com]

 

1st January – The Loony Dook

 

Nurse your hangover the Scottish way by taking part in the Loony Dook, the annual swim in the River Forth in South Queensferry, just North of Edinburgh. Although this may appear, as the name suggests, loony, it’s a great Hogmanay tradition in the name of charity as participant’s parade through the streets in fancy dress before taking the icy plunge!

 

[photo credit: unique-events.co.uk]

Hotel Indigo Edinburgh on York Place is a 60-guest room luxury boutique hotel in Edinburgh city centre, ideally located near to many top attractions. To check availability, contact the Edinburgh hotel team on reservations@hiedinburgh.co.uk or 0131 556 5577.

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Hotel Indigo Edinburgh Reviews

Sophie,

Cambridge

This hotel is such a great find. Its location cannot be beat and the rooms are incredibly nice. Great amenities (including complimentary mini bar) and great service. Would definitely stay here again!


Sue,

Newcastle upon Tyne

I stayed here overnight to see Justin Timberlake on his Man of The Woods Tour. We were greeted with the warmest welcome by the receptionist...genuinely helpful and friendly. We stayed in the Suite, which has everything I could possibly need. A FREE (well stocked) mini bar! Robes, Aveda toiletries, slippers, free calls, a very appreciated cafetiere with ground coffee and a lovely selection of teas. 30mins in and a welcome plate arrived with 5 good size desserts...gorgeous.

Room service was excellent and the breakfast was utterly delicious and brought to the room at no extra charge. The room was very large and spacious with a huge double bed, blissfully comfortable. When needed in the evening the staff pressed a button at reception and a taxi arrived within 2 minutes...Outstanding service!

I had such a fantastic stay here that I shall return in November and I'll be re-booking this Suite.


Micky,

Kingston upon Hull

Less than 10 mins walk from Waverley. Staff were very polite, helpful and friendly throughout our stay. Room was a good size with a great bathroom. Large shower, robes and Aveda products included. Fridge with free cold drinks. Good breakfast with plenty of choice. Both couples enjoyed and would stay again.


Daniel,

Bury

Really nice friendly boutique hotel. We didn't arrive until late but the hotel was more than happy to let us check in late. After checking in we also asked for some area recommendations, which again the staff were more than happy to give us. Our room was really nice and very clean, bed was comfortable and gave us a good night sleep. We stayed for two night and did not hear any noise from the hotel or any of the other guest. In a good location with only a short walk to the shops and restaurant/cinema ! If staying on Edinburgh I would highly recommend this hotel!


Ashley,

Sheffield

Stayed for one night, but very impressed. Receptionist was fantastic, very professional, helpful, good looking and immaculately presented. The room was excellent, very clean, bed comfortable and the shower was fantastic, hot and powerful.

Breakfast well worth the money, with attention to detail and served hot. The location is excellent with just a 10 minutes walk from the station and to Princess Street. I will definitely stay here again.

Great boutique hotel and great value for money. Wish I was staying for longer.


Dave,

Dunfermline

Had a one night stay here. The location is great, right beside a Tram Stop, 2 minute walk to St Andrews Square bus station, 15 min from Waverley Train station and short walk to main shopping and restaurants. Hotel was very clean & comfortable. Good Breakfast. Very friendly staff.


Lynn,

Falkirk

Really nice hotel in a fantastic location for train station, shopping and nightlife. Lovely rooms, with complimentary snacks and lovely Aveda toiletries in the room. Bed was really comfortable, breakfast was also excellent and the staff very friendly. Would definitely recommend this hotel to family and friends visiting Edinburgh.


Emily,

London

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Hotel Indigo. My room was very big and spacious, with an extremely comfortable, grand bed. The bathroom was very nice too, with Aveda toiletries. I loved that the room had some complimentary snacks and drinks, with a Scottish theme.

For breakfast I had a Full Scottish, which was absolutely massive, with a choice of link or lorne sausage - I had the latter to be properly Scottish. Four types of pork product on one plate, I think - amazing!! I'm all about the hotel breakfast, so that was brilliant. Can't fault my stay here. The location is also very convenient for the main train station, and walkable to all of central Edinburgh.


Rob,

Melbourne

Visited the hotel and stayed 2 nights having stayed at the Indigo in London. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Lovely rooms, great service, very good location opposite the tram stop and bus routes.
Lovely bar and restaurant is on site if you prefer to stay close for dinner!


Scott,

Inverness

I stayed at Hotel Indigo for first time last week, the service from the reception, bar and restaurant staff was faultless. The room was very comfortable and the bed was the comfiest i have ever slept in. The Hotel is situated close to the Playhouse and only 5 minute walk from waverley station, there are several good bars and restaurants in the vicinity. A great Hotel in a good area.

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