Burns' Night in Edinburgh - quintessentially scottish adventure

Burns Night is annually celebrated in Scotland on or around January 25. It commemorates the life of the bard (poet) Robert Burns, with a traditional Burn's supper consisting of Haggis, Neeps (turnips) and Tatties and Ceilidh dancing. Scotch is also a must on the evening. As so many of you is interested in this event I have prepared a weekend escape to Edinburgh for you, capturing the essence of Scotland.

If you don't manage to get your place in time, you can still attend a mini celebration in London, please follow this link for the details.

 

Price: early Bird Price of £260 applies if you pay in full by the end of December 2013. If you pay before 10 January 2014 you can still get the discounted price of £275. After this date you will have to pay the full price of £290.

What's included: return train journey, 2 night's accommodation, scotch experience and tasting, Burn's night celebrations (food and dancing), visit of Edinburgh castle, tour of Edinburgh.

What's not included: lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Deposit: of £100 (+paypal fees) needs to be paid on RSVP to secure your place.

The reminder of the money needs to be paid into my bank account two weeks before the trip the latest. For isntructions on how to make the payment and for the bank details please follow this link:http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/pages/Bank_account/. Please note that if the payment is not received in time your name will be removed from the RSVP list to make space for others and your deposit will not be refunded.

Plan of the trip (subject to change - we are still working out fine details):

Friday, 24 January 2014

18:30 meeting at Kings Cross station

(make sure you bring some food with you as it is a long journey and we will arrive quite late, so the shops may not be open)

19:00 - 23:30 train Journey from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh Waverley (4:30) (tickets included)

23:30 - 24:00 check in to the hostel and an early night to reserve energy for the rest of the weekend.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

10:00 - 12:30 Edinburgh Castle (entry tickets included)

12:30 - 14:00 lunch (not included)

14:00 - 14:30 walking to the exhibition

14:30 - 15:30 Homecoming Scotland 2014 exhibition at writers museum: Wha's Like Us? A Nation Of Dreams And Ideas. (included)

15:30 - 16:00 walking to the Scotch Whiskey Experience

16:00 - 17:00 Scotch Whiskey experience  (included)

17:00 - 18:30 free time to refresh

18:30 meeting to walk over to the Burn's night celebrations

19:00 - 12:00 - Bun's night celebrations (Burns' supper and ceilidh dancing) (included)

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Check out of the hostel, leave bags in storage

11am - 13:30 tour of Edinburgh (included)

13:30 - 15:30 free time for lunch or individual exploration. If you are not having lunch, make sure you get some food to go and pick up bags from the hostel

15:50 meeting at the Edinburgh station (with your bags, ready to travel).

16:05 - moving to the platform. If you are late beyond this time you will have to make your own way to the platform (it may require you buying a new ticket) ort you will have to sort out your return transport to London.

16:20 - 21:06 train journey from Edinburgh Waverley to London Kings Cross (5:02 hours) (train tickets included)

 

IMPORTANT: By signing up for this trip you acknowledge that you will be getting your own travel insurance (at an appropriate level) as the organiser only facilitates the group, but doesn't take responsibility for your safety during the trip.

More about Robert Burns and the tradition:

Burns Night is annually celebrated in Scotland on or around January 25. It commemorates the life of the bard (poet) Robert Burns, who was born on January 25, 1759. The day also celebrates Burns' contribution to Scottish culture. Burns' best known work is "Auld Lang Syne".

The Scottish flag is often displayed at Burns' Night celebrations. It is known as the Saltire and consists of a rectangular blue background with thick white bars on the diagonals. The diagonals form a cross that represents Saint Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland.

At Burns' Night events, many men wear kilts and women may wear shawls, skirts or dresses made from their family tartan. A tartan was originally a woolen cloth with a distinctive pattern made by using colors of weft and warp when weaving. Particular patterns and combinations of colors were associated with different areas, clans and families. Tartan patterns are now printed on various materials.

Many types of food are associated with Burns' Night. These include: cock-a-leekie soup (chicken and leek soup); haggis; neeps (mashed turnips or swedes) and tatties (mashed potatoes); cranachan (whipped cream mixed with raspberries and served with sweet oat wafers); and bannocks (a kind of bread cooked on a griddle). Whisky is the traditional drink.

Robert Burns was born in Alloway, Scotland, on January 25, 1759. He died in Dumfries, Scotland, on July 21, 1796. He was a bard (poet) and wrote many poems, lyrics and other pieces that addressed political and civil issues. Perhaps his best known work is "Auld Lang Syne", which is sung at New Year's Eve celebrations in Scotland, parts of the United Kingdom, and other places around the world. Burns is one of Scotland's important cultural icons and is well known among Scottish expats or descendants around the world. He is also known as: "Rabbie Burns"; the "Bard of Ayrshire"; "Scotland's favourite son"; and in Scotland "The Bard".

Robert Burns' acquaintances held the first Burns' supper on July 21, the anniversary of his death, in Ayrshire, Scotland, in the late 1700s. The date was later changed to January 25, which marks his birthday. Burns' suppers are now held by people and organizations with Scottish origins worldwide, particularly in Australia, Canada, England, and the United States.

Cancellations:

Please note that unless the trip is cancelled the payments are non-refundable as the costs need to be paid in advance. However you may be able to sell your place to your friends or other group members if you follow this procedure; http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/pages/What_to_do_if_you_can_no_longer_attend_an_event/.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was lots of fun and great company. Highlight was the dancing.

    1 · January 30, 2014

  • Kat

    Hey guys, Tania has uploaded photos for you, please like the page and tag yourselves: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.727051723980994.1073741973.517940911558744&type=1&l=f1443958bb

    2 · January 29, 2014

  • Ben G.

    Really good fun!

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • azim

    Great trip and company..

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • Yoko

    It was an experience! Ticked a few boxes on this trip -Haggis, fried Mars bar, Toddy... ya I like food :) It was nice meeting you all.

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • Khalid B.

    Thank you for this amazing weekend. Everything was just flawless!
    Xxx

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • Ben G.

    Thanks for a wonderful weekend with great company. I really enjoyed all the different activities!

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • Davinia

    This was amazing. Great fun, especially the dancing and the Scotsman with the bagpipe who saluted the haggis.

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • Tânia Gil H.

    Had a wonderful time! Thank you all for coming!!! I will be uploading our videos shortly! Xxx

    January 27, 2014

  • Stuart- k.

    Was great- only hiccup was with the walking tour otherwise it would have been 5 stars

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Kat

    Some more info about the hostel:
    Breakfast is available for £1.80
    Check out is no later than 10:30am
    All bed linen is included.
    Towels can be hired for 20p and hairdryers are free but require a deposit.

    1 · January 23, 2014

  • Kat

    Hey guys, the meeting point is at London Kings Cross Station, by the ticket office, opposite to Pret a Manger and close to platform 8.
    Please make sure you have some form of ID with you to check into the hostel.

    January 23, 2014

  • azim

    Ok Thanks

    January 23, 2014

  • azim

    Hi Kat, King's Cross Station is a big place - where exactly are we meeting ?

    Azim

    January 20, 2014

    • Tânia Gil H.

      By the ticket desk I would say. I will email you all thursday night and post it here too just to confirm. :)

      1 · January 21, 2014

  • Katherine

    Sorry this is late, no pork or wheat. Ps did you get me email sent yesterday ?

    January 21, 2014

    • Tânia Gil H.

      I already got yours and already have emailed them. Thanks Katherine! :)

      January 21, 2014

  • Ben G.

    Hi, is it too late to join or is there still time?

    January 16, 2014

    • Kat

      Ben, there is one mor place, but you have to grab it by 11 tomorrow. :)

      January 20, 2014

  • Tânia Gil H.

    Hi guys! I'm finalising the details for our trip to Edinburgh on Friday and the restaurants that we have booked are asking for our dietary requirements. Could you let me know if you have any by midday tomorrow (Tuesday)? Thanks

    :)

    Tania

    January 20, 2014

  • Gabriela

    I see that there's places available, so I'll make the payment of 290 straight away into the bank account. If it's ok?

    January 12, 2014

  • Deepankar

    Hi Guys, Unfortunately I am no longer able to attend this event. Please drop me a line if you would like to swap places with me!

    January 2, 2014

    • Kat

      Hey Deepankar, that is such a pity! :( Please make sure that this procedure is followed, as per even's description as no direct swaps will be accepted: http://www.meetup.com...­.

      January 9, 2014

  • Kat

    All the restaurants are now booked - you guys are in for a treat! I kind of wish I was going now! :)

    January 8, 2014

  • Kat

    Hey guys, please join the facebook event to see better who else is coming and like the Curious Kat's Adventure Club Page. :)
    https://www.facebook.com/events/180072302201082/

    January 8, 2014

  • Stuart- k.

    Morning all, just paid the deposit. Will pay the rest soon. Am looking forward to visiting the city with the group!

    December 28, 2013

  • Danielle

    Hi Kat. I tried to RSVP and pay the deposit, for me and a +1, but it doesn't show up as confirmed. I tried again but it won't let me add a +1. I'm not in the UK at the moment and have a dodgy internet connection. Could you let me know if there are still 2 spots available and I'll try to pay the deposit again. Thanks!

    December 24, 2013

    • Danielle

      Hi Kat. I've transferred the full payment. Thanks

      December 26, 2013

  • Sara

    Hello. Unfortunately I now have to go abroad for work so I can't attend :(

    December 20, 2013

  • Deepankar

    Hi Kat, I've paid the deposit... Is my place confirmed? Will transfer the rest shortly.

    December 20, 2013

  • azim

    Hi Kat,

    Have paid the deposit - will pay the rest ASAP

    1 · December 19, 2013

  • Kat

    Guys, thank you for all the confirmations. There are sttill a couple of places left. :)

    December 18, 2013

  • Yoko

    Hey Kat - just paid in to your account directly in full :)

    December 18, 2013

    • Kat

      Perfect, thank you, I have confirmed you now. :)

      December 18, 2013

  • Kat

    Bear with me for a couple of days more, I am waiting for some final confirmations and I will be posting all the details very soon. :)

    1 · December 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yep, waiting for details too - maybe there's Scottish dancing and haggis (yeh don't worry all that ofal is so disgusting, I am sure there's another option). There should be a Scots in London group

    December 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I may be being a bit dim but what actually is the event?

    December 15, 2013

  • Helene E.

    Would be up for this do we make are own way there?

    December 10, 2013

  • Tanya

    Where should we all meet?

    December 6, 2013

  • carol

    is there a veggie option?

    October 27, 2013

  • Sean R.

    Am a scot so would be good to do something for burns ;o)

    1 · August 15, 2013

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