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Have an Entertaining Burns Night in Glasgow

BY: Emma Mykytyn | 20 Aug 2015
Have an Entertaining Burns Night in Glasgow

Going to a Burns Supper can be a bit daunting. Do you have to know your Burns poems off by heart? Do you really have to ceilidh? Thankfully you don’t have to (although the ceilidh bit is fun, especially when you go the wrong way!). Just follow the master of ceremonies who will guide you through the evening. The entertainment is sorted, as are the speakers for the poems – so no panic about learning that poem!         

It all starts usually with some informal mingling, getting to know your fellow dinners. The host then gives a welcoming speech, thanking everyone of attending the supper and after sitting down the Selkirk Grace is said :

                                              Some hae meat and canna eat,

                                            And some wad eat that want is; 

                                           But we hae meat and we can eat, 

                                              And sae the Lord be thankit.

Dinner is Served

After that some good soup, like Scotch Broth or Cock-a-leekie, is served. Perfect for the winter months. You’ll soon be up on your feet again for the Piping of the Haggis, usually a huge tray with a haggis on it, piped in to a Robert Burns tune such as “A Mans A Man for A’ that”. The haggis is addressed, sliced open and toasted with your first whisky toast of the evening (handy courage for that Ceilidh later!). Served with tatties (usually mashed potatoes) and neeps (mashed turnips or swede), the haggis is soon devoured.

Toasts and Whisky!

More toasts (and more whisky!) follow, usually a toast to Burns, a toast to the lassies, a reply (and toast!) to the laddies. You’ll need your whisky glass topped up by now!

Some Burns poetry provides entertainment and the evening is usually closed with Auld Lang Syne being sung.

After all that whisky you’ll have your dancing feet on. Some venues have a ceilidh as entertainment post dinner, work off that haggis.

Burns Night Events in Glasgow

Glasgow is filled with events for Burns Night; here are two, one with a ceilidh and one without for those two left feet people (like me!)

The Cottier Theatre

The Cottier Theatre in the West End has two nights of fun with a Burns Ceilidh. A delicious three course Burns supper, a dram and a ceilidh for £28 per person.

With poems, bagpipes and The Big Stupit Ceilidh Band to get you up dancing. 

The Cottier Theatre, 93-95 Hyndland Street, Glasgow G11 5PU 


Arisaig in the city centre have a Burns Supper on 26th January the hosts are Jane McCarry and Mark Cox (Isa & Tam from Still Game).

 Arsaig, 1 Merchant Square, Merchant Square, Candleriggs, Glasgow 

Where to stay?

After all that whisky, haggis and dancing you’ll need to rest your weary legs and get some rest. Located in the West End near to the SECC, Hydro as well as public transport is Hilton Garden Inn, formerly Mint Hotel Glasgow. This 3 star hotel has an excellent location being beside the entertainment hotspot of Finnieston as well as a short hop into the city centre.

So raise a glass to the Bard and have a great night out.

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BY: Emma Mykytyn