If I’ve learned one thing about Edinburgh since arriving on the 29th, it’s that this city knows how to have a good time. The New Year’s Eve celebration called Hogmanay is one of Scotland’s biggest festivals. And unlike most NYE celebrations, this one is three days long!

The Torchlight Procession is always on the 30th and is the opening event for the Hogmanay parties. Last night, I snagged a £10 torch and made the walk from Edinburgh’s Old Town up to Calton Hill. It was a fire hazard for sure, but I safely made it through the evening event without lighting myself or any other passersby on fire! SUCCESS.

VIDEO: Torchlight Procession 2013/2014

PHOTOS: Torchlight Procession

Edinburgh Torchlight Procession



Hogmanay Torchlight Procession

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  4. Looks like you had a great time in Edinburgh for hogmanay :) I stupidly forgot the torchlight procession was on… so missed going to it, did watch the fireworks from my flat though :)

    • Haha, that’s funny you forgot about the Torchlight procession! But I guess we all do that in our own hometowns. Jealous you had an indoor viewing for the fireworks – it was a wee bit cold that night ;)

  5. Ryan

    Looks pretty epic for sure man! Glad you didn’t light yourself or anyone else on fire! There is something very ancient or medieval to this torchlight procession. So cool.

    • Haha thanks Ryan. And yes I was totally worried about setting someone on fire. I couldn’t help but making medieval connections during the procession. It almost felt spiritual actually, which made it really an incredible experience. What a way to celebrate New Year’s!

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  7. happy new year!

    • HNY!

  8. This was a highlight of my New Year’s last year! So glad you got to experience it.

    • I read your post about the Torchlight Procession and it was really inspiring! I’m really impressed with the Hogmanay parties here in Scotland. Very fun!

  9. Hey Adam,
    Happy new year!! Excellent photos and video.Thanks for sharing your fun here :)

    • Thank you Juliet. Happy New Year to you too!!!

  10. Happy New Year! I lived not far from Edinburgh for about a year and didn’t make it to the city to see in the new year. Thanks for taking me with you! Awesome photos!

    • Adam

      HNY Charli! I’m curious – did you celebrate New Year’s in a different city of Scotland then? I wonder how it might compare…

  11. Cheryl Howard

    Great photos and videos Adam. Hope you’re having a great time in Scotland and happy new year! :)

    • Thanks Cheryl! Hope you enjoyed your holidays in Iceland :) HNY!

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