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Our NYE Hogmanay fun!

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Our NYE Hogmanay fun!

The main reason we went up to Scotland for NYE was for their legendary Hogmanay Party! We wanted to do something out of London and have been talking of jumping on a train somewhere and this just called to us!

We rocked up to Edinburgh just in time to see the beautiful Torchlight Procession

The opening event of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2012/13 celebrations is the spectacular Torchlight Procession.

The total sell-out  2011 event welcomed over 25,000 people to this world renowned family event. Thousands of torch carriers illuminate the city from the new start position of Chambers Street to the Son et Lumière and fireworks finale on Calton Hill, led by Shetland’s Up Helly Aa’ Vikings and the massed pipes and drums.

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Then came the main event… The Street Party!!!

A party with 80,000 friends beneath the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle and dance your way into 2013 with incredible live music and entertainment, DJ’s, giant screens, outdoor bars and the world famous Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Midnight Fireworks.

We decided to stay at the local talent stage as we weren’t too bothered about the headlining acts! Was a good plan as the 3 bands we saw where fantastic!

I love fireworks and Hogmanay didn’t disappoint! At midnight they set off their firework spectacle (thankfully the weather held off!) Unfortunately I managed to lose my phone so all my photos from the trip got lost but as there was 80,000 odd people there are still photos to admire!

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Was the perfect end to a fantastic NYE! Amazing location, music, friendliest people and fantastic food! What more could you ask for! Will be back for sure!


Our NYE trip to Edinburgh

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Our NYE trip to Edinburgh

The Boy and I decided to have a bit of an adventure for NYE last year and hop of the train to Edinburgh! Neither of us had been before and as we are so close the Kings Cross it was a doddle to get up there… a couple of DVDs and the Walking Dead game on the ipad and we where there!

We had lucked out with an amazing new hotel based in Haymarket so the location couldn’t have been better. We did our usual thing of exploring and finding some amazing bars and restaurants…

The Red Squirrel Bar was our first stop of the trip. It had some amazing guest ales and some very yummy haggis burgers which made The Boy very happy!

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We also had an amazing meal at Maison Bleue down a really cute little street. A great mix of french and Scottish food… nom nom nom



On the same street we found a fab art gallery called The Red Door Gallery buried between loads of amazing tweed shops! Loads of local artist and fantastic prints… so tempting to buy the whole shop!!

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We also did the touristy thing and explored the castle … It was SO windy and wet but The Boy still managed to take lots of beautiful photos!

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But of course the main reason we came to Edinburgh was for the amazing Hogmanay Street Party…