Our friends at Travel Lodge preview Hogmanay in Edinburgh, and look at the accommodation options for spending New Year in Scotland.
As autumn draws nearer and the festive season beckons, families and friends are making preparations for some of the most exciting of our annual celebrations.
Spending special moments with your nearest and dearest is the very thing that creates memories that last a lifetime. Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations attract hundreds of thousands of travellers into the city each New Year, for three days of world famous merriments.
The cost of visiting Scotland during popular periods – for example, in Fringe Festival season and during The Edinburgh Tattoo – can be astronomical. Budget accommodation, such as Edinburgh hotels from Travelodge, is ideal for family and friends group bookings on a budget. For more hotels click here.
A stay in Edinburgh for Hogmanay promises non-stop revelries for all geared-up guests. As well as the scheduled main events, local bars, eateries and public places arrange their own festivities, ensuring that wherever you choose to stop off, you’ll be at the heart of the party.
Not all of the Edinburgh experience costs. Kicking off the three day spectacular, the Torchlight Procession is scheduled to leave Parliament Square at 18:30hrs on Sunday 30 December 2012.
The world is invited to watch on as thousands of torch carriers ‘create a river of fire’ from the historic Royal Mile to the Son et Lumiére’ followed by a fireworks finale on Calton Hill. Guests can choose be part of history with a torch bearer ticket. Prices are £6 in advance or £7 on the day.
Where to be when the clock strikes midnight? There are numerous hot spots in Edinburgh to consider. From late evening on Monday 31 December, until an hour past midnight on New Year’s Day, West Princes Street Gardens, Mound Precinct and Edinburgh City Centre host 100,000 person strong celebrations.
Starting at just £15 per ticket, depending on your choice of scene, Hogmanay in Edinburgh is made to fit all budgets. Paying less to join the Edinburgh City Centre celebrations doesn’t mean missing out on the electric ambience;
‘The original and best New Year celebrations in the world! Join the party with 80,000 friends beneath the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle and dance your way into 2012 with incredible live music and entertainment… and the world famous Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Midnight Fireworks.’
The fun isn’t over in Edinburgh as New Year’s Eve comes to a close. The Queensferry Loony Dook on 1 January 2013 beckons – a splashtastic charity raising event on the River Forth.
Hogmanay events in Edinburgh are popular and the city can soon sell out.