Are you visiting Scotland for the first time? You can rely on EasyWays to keep you updated about Scottish culture and traditions! When you are walking with us we will make sure you know what to expect throughout 2018!
EasyWays have been helping people experience their dream walking holidays for over 20 years. It is our priority that people from all over the world have the best time in Scotland. The walks we offer are located all over the country. No matter the time of year there will be plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in Scottish culture and traditions!
Beginning with Burns Night on the 25th of January! A Burns Supper is a night that celebrates the life and work of Robert Burns. It does not have to follow a specific format, but traditionally it involves gathering a group of friends or family for a dinner. Apart from bagpipes welcoming guests, the most important part of the night is the address to the haggis. “Address to a Haggis” is a poem written by Robert Burns himself and is recited before the actual meal, which will consist of traditional Scottish food and drink. Burns Suppers happen all over Scotland and are perfect ways of seeing Scottish culture at its finest and learning more about Robert Burns!
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival
Are you a lover of whisky? Then Speyside is the place to be in May! Spirit of Speyside is a festival that hosts hundreds of different whisky-inspired events, from the 3rd to the 7th. You will have the chance to experience lots of different whisky from the region as well as explore the beautiful north-east of Scotland. The Speyside Way through this area! Why not consider incorporating a trip to the festival and a walking holiday? Don’t worry, if you miss the festival, there are still a number of whisky distilleries in the area, open for visitors all year!
In the summer months all over Scotland, you will find Highland Games or Gatherings. From the Isle of Skye to Durness in the Highlands, there are so many to choose to attend. If you are for example thinking of walking the North Highland Way, consider going to the Durness Highland Games, which take place in July. Or, if you are thinking of walking the Cateran Trail, stop by the Blairgowrie Highland Games that take place on the 2nd September. Each games will be different, however, you can expect each to have bagpipes and drums, highland dancing and a tug of war! A great day out that will open your eyes to the epitome of Scottish culture. Walking the West Highland Way? Why not go to the Bearsden and Milngavie Highland Games!
Hogmanay – New Year’s Eve
Finally, there is nothing quite like Hogmanay in Scotland! Hogmanay is the word used in Scotland for New Year’s Eve, all around the country there are parties and celebrations, however, in the capital Edinburgh, there is an annual street party. There is a great atmosphere, ceilidh bands, fireworks and concerts, all marking the arrival of the New Year! Edinburgh is a place you can guarantee to have a good time if you are struggling with options.
Scottish Culture and Traditions with EasyWays
EasyWays are very concerned with ensuring our walkers have the best time in Scotland. Our resolution for 2018 is to ensure we are more responsible and aware of the effect tourism is having on our natural environment. To find out more about that, look at our last post. Experience the best of Scottish culture and traditions with EasyWays.