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Hogmanay in Edinburgh

Hogmanay Edinburgh

I’m a little bit late with this post and I wasn’t going to bother writing it at all because I’ve been too busy being grumpy over the fact that I forgot to take the memory card for my camera! But I’m pleased to say I’ve pulled myself together now and decided to share a few photos even if they are poor quality phone photos.

This was the second time we’d visited Edinburgh in just seven months after completely falling in love with the city the first time we visited. We were excited to spend the New Year together as in the 10 years that me and James have been together we’ve only ever spent one together as James usually works, and what better place to spend it than Edinburgh?

The kids are far too young to stay up until midnight and they have no idea what New Years Eve even is so we arranged for them to stay with my Mum and Dad for a couple of nights.

We booked this trip fairly late in the year, which meant that most hotels had either already sold out and those that hadn’t were extortionately priced. So we decided to stay at the Premier Inn near the airport, about 30 minutes outside the city centre. We were driving up anyway and knew that there was a bus and tram service straight into the centre so we figured it’d be fine.

We arrived in Edinburgh at about 3pm on New Years Eve, after a straight forward four and a half hour drive. We got changed and had a couple of drinks in the hotel room. It was at this point that I realised I had forgotten the memory card for my camera and as trivial as that sounds, I was so so disappointed! I had planned to try and get loads of photos from out trip, and of course there was nowhere open at that time on New Years Eve to go and buy a new memory card.

When I’d gotten over the memory card drama we headed out. The weather at this point was rainy and super windy so we decided to just get an Uber rather than the bus, it only cost £15 so wasn’t too bad.

We had dinner at Cote Brasserie which was delicious and I’d definitely recommend it if you have one near you. After eating we had a walk around, as the rain had pretty much stopped by this point. We had a drink in a bar and then we headed to the Christmas Market on Princes Street which was lovely. I had a mulled apple toddy, which was delicious!

Next we headed up to the Old Town and walked up to the castle, it’s lovely to see it all lit up at night time and it would have made for some great photos 🙁 We then went into the ticketed area, which included a bar, food stalls, bands and ceilidh dancing.

It was great fun and an amazing atmosphere but by about 10pm I was ready for bed! I think it was a combination of a bad nights sleep the night before, the long drive up, being out since 6pm and just generally being a boring mum! At about 11pm we we decided to walk down to the street party on Princes Street, there were a lot of road closures so it wasn’t straight forward to get back down there but we managed it eventually.

It turned out that Princes Sreet was a HUGE mistake, it was unbelievably busy and basically just full of young drunk people (not my idea of fun!), completely different from where we were up in the Old Town. We were trying to get through the crowds down to the other end so that we could go straight for the bus after midnight but we literally could not move and I was on the verge of a panic attack at one point as I couldn’t see a way out and felt trapped.

We eventually made it down to the other end and away from the crowds just in time for the countdown to midnight. We saw the New Year in together, watching the fireworks over the castle and it was beautiful. The fireworks were amazing, the highlight of the night by far.

We hadn’t previously thought about the fact that most things would be closed on New Years Day, we were missing the kids loads and didn’t want to spend loads more money, considering how much we’d already sent on the one night! So we made the decision to go home a day early.

Hogmanay in Edinburgh was an amazing experience, despite some of the not so good bits! And I would definitely recommend it if you can deal with the crowds better than I can. It’s definitely one to cross off the bucket list that’s for sure.

Have you ever been to Edinburgh for New Year? What did you think?

Thanks for reading.





  1. January 7, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time x would you go again? We love Edinburgh and would really like to visit again this year sometime. Maybe in summer though when it’s not so cold.

  2. January 7, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    Sounds like you had fun, despite a few downs! Edinburgh is still on my list of travels, hopefully i’ll be visiting there soon!