5 Reasons to Spend Burns Night in the Scottish Highlands

As the cold, dark nights begin drawing in around us, most of us inevitably turn our thoughts to those things that bring a little warmth to our lives. For some, it’s the roar of an open fire with a delicious hot chocolate.

For others, it’s the bright lights brilliant comfort of a Christmas and New Year break in the Scottish Highlands, snuggled up in a boutique hotel suite and sharing in the effervescent glows which radiate throughout the holiday season.

Yet that isn’t the last chance you’ll have have to experience that warm, Scottish spirit on a chilly winter’s evening, for shortly after we’ve raised a toast to 2018, it will be time to celebrate Burns Night.

Held each January to honour the memory of Scotland’s favourite son, Robert Burns, the event brings together everything that makes Scotland so wonderfully unique -from delicious, traditional dishes to rousing poetry and entertainment- and presents them in one truly magical evening.

If you’re unfamiliar with Robert Burns and the night we celebrate his memory, you might want to read this post from the Dunalastair Hotel Suites blog, titled:

Burns Night in the Scottish Highlands: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About This Ancient Scottish Tradition

Once you’re all caught up, come back and join us as we explore five compelling reasons to spend Burns Night 2018 in the Scottish Highlands.

Scottish Experience

A Truly Authentic Scottish Experience

Nobody comes to Scotland just to sample the usual tourist hotspots. The majority of guests at our luxury Scottish hotel in Kinloch Rannoch come in search of an authentic taste of Highland life, and it doesn’t come much more authentic than a traditional Burns Night celebration.

Make no mistake about it, this is no show designed just to attract tourists. It’s an annual custom deeply entrenched in the heritage and culture of Scotland.

If you join us for Burns Night this coming January, you’ll be joining us for the kind of genuine Scottish experience you only find here in the heart of the Highlands.

The Warmest of Scottish Hospitality

Just because Burns Night 2018 isn’t about pandering to visitors, that doesn’t mean you won’t receive the warmest of welcomes this January.

From the moment you arrive at your Kinloch Rannoch hotel to the final refrain of Auld Lang Syne, you’ll be welcomed in like one of the family and enjoy that famous Highland hospitality you’ve always heard so much about.

Edinas Kitchen

A Delicious Burns Night Supper, Prepared Using Traditional Scottish Recipes

For the most part, every aspect of Burns Night in the Scottish Highlands has remained the same for centuries. There’s a good reason for that, too:

Those who came before us got everything just right long ago, especially when it came to the traditional Burns Supper.

At the heart of the meal is, of course, the haggis, a savoury pudding held in great reverence throughout the evening. The haggis is led into the room accompanied by a Scottish piper before the host recites Robert Burns famous piece, Address to a Haggis.

Guests are then invited to dine on the haggis, along with other uniquely Scottish delicacies such as neeps and tatties (turnips and potatoes).

Explore The Sights That Inspired The Bard of Ayrshire

Whilst the Burns Night festivities may be a highlight of your Scotland break this coming January, you’ll naturally want something to do during the daylight hours.

What better than venturing out into the Scottish Highlands to experience the same sense of wonder and inspiration that Robert Burns himself must have felt all those years ago.

Just a short drive from our luxury hotel in Kinloch Rannoch you’ll find Kenmore, a village small in size but vast in fascinating history and remarkable beauty.

Such is the enchanting scenery surrounding Kenmore that, on a visit to the area in 1787, The Bard was inspired to inscribe a verse upon the chimney-piece of the local inn. It survives today, and reads:

‘Admiring Nature in her wildest grace,

These northern scenes with weary feet I trace:

O’er many a winding dale and painful steep.

h’ abodes of covey’d grouse and timid sheep,

My savage journey, curious, I pursue

Till famed Breadalbane opens to my view.

The meeting cliffs each deep-sunk glen divides –

The woods, wild scatter’d. clothe their ample sides:

Th’ outstretching lake, embosom’d mid the hills,

The eye with wonder and amazement fills:

The Tay, meand’ring sweet in infant pride:

The palace rising on its verdant tide:

The lawns, wood-fring’d in Nature’s native taste:

The hillocks, dropt in Nature’s careless haste:

The arches. striding o’er the new-born stream:

The village. glittering in the noontide beam.’

Nearby, you’ll also find Blair Atholl, where Burns stayed with the Duke of Atholl during the same time that he visited Kenmore.

Rabbie was also said to have visited Falls of Moness and written a song which gave this majestic gorge the name we know it as today – The Birks of Aberfeldy.

burns-monument

A Magical Night to Remember With Our Burns Night 2018 Special Offer

For a limited time only, The Dunalastair Hotel Suites are offering our guests the opportunity to join us for a unique Burns Night experience.

On arrival at our luxury hotel, you’ll be greeted by an authentic Scottish piper filling the tranquil Kinloch Rannoch air with the majestic sounds of the Highlands.

From there, you’ll be invited to take it easy and enjoy a wee dram in our lounge before moving on to our deluxe restaurant for a traditional Burns Night celebration, complete with supper, toasts, poetry readings, and more.

Once the celebrations are over, you can retire to your boutique hotel suite and treat yourself to a perfect night’s sleep.

We’d love for you to wear your tartan and kilts for this very special occasion, but please note that this is by no means compulsory.

Our Burns Night special offer includes a Burns supper and celebration, one night’s hotel stay and breakfast, all for only £220. A second night’s bed and breakfast can be added for only £125.

To take advantage of this limited time only offer, call our reservation line now on 01882 580444 or email bookings@dunalastairhotel.com.

From all of us at the Dunalastair Hotel Suites, we look forward to welcoming you for next year’s Burns Night on Thursday, January 25th, 2018.

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