The birthday of Burns is usually celebrated with a Burns Supper on 25 January each year. What many people don’t realise is that although he was born in Alloway in Ayrshire, in Edinburgh we have our share of memorials and tributes. As 2019 marks the inaugural Burns&Beyond event, we thought we’d share this article of best of things to see and do in Edinburgh that are connected to Burns.
This special event, part of Burns&Beyond is on every evening from now until Saturday 26 January at St Giles’ Cathedral. It’s a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram, and to celebrate its installation at St Giles’ Cathedral, Burns&Beyond have set up a number of lunar-inspired themes running during the week long Burns festival. This includes concerts and talks, all taking place underneath the giant moon. To find out more and to buy tickets, take a look at the Burns&Beyond website.
Another event being held as part of Burns&Beyond in the Freemasons’ Hall on George Street. It takes place on Burns Night itself (25 January) with the supper itself being produced by local award-winning restaurant Urban Angel. The meal will be followed by the traditional speeches and a performance by the 40-strong Nevis Ensemble and a chance to take part in ceilidh dancing with music from Kilter Ceilidh Band. A great way to spend a very traditional Scottish Burns Night in the capital. Tickets are available from the Burns&Beyond website.
This museum, located on the Royal Mile, celebrates the work of Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson as well as Burns. It’s home to many personal possessions and artefacts once belonging to the three great writers, including the desk where Burns wrote many of his works. There’s even a plaster cast of Burns’ skull. There’s something for everyone and a great way to find out more about Burns and his association with Edinburgh. There are events planned during the week of Burns Night, so well worth checking our their website to find out more and to plan your visit.
Based just off the Cannongate towards the bottom of the Royal Mile, this is one of only three libraries in the UK dedicated to poetry. It’s just gone through a major renovation and is a nice relaxing place to spend a few hours immersing yourself in the works of Burns. Given its located it could easily be visited after a trip to the Writers’ Museum. To mark Burns Night they’ll also be launching “The Best of the Best Scottish Poems” which will be available to read for free on their website.
Situated on Regent Road (about a 5 minute walk from Prince’s Street), this monument to Burns was built in 1831 by Thomas Hamilton. It was fully restored in 2008 and well worth visiting as Regent Road offers a lovely view over the Old Town of Edinburgh and towards Arthur’s Seat. The monument is only a 10 minute walk from the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the bottom of the Royal Mile, so worth checking out if you’re in the area.
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