Hogmanay Ceilidh's in Scotland

What to do for Hogmanay in Scotland?

The illusive Scottish ceilidh - we all secretly love them, but a good one is hard to come by. Hogmanay or a Scottish wedding is definitely going to be your best chance of stumbling accross one. Having said that, it's actually still kinda hard to find a decent ceilidh or dinner-ceilidh package, there's definitely no definitive event list i've found. So i’ve pulled together some really nice ceilidh packages at some gorgeous hotels and venues across Scotland. I'd feel comfortable sending you to off to any of these places, whether you're a local or not. Prices and availability vary, please check the website of the venue you’re interested in. Tickets must be organised in advance.


Knockderry, Loch Long, Argyll and Bute

Knockderry is a stylish house with bags of character and beautiful details.  To celebrate the New Year, they are offering a fantastic Hogmanay House Party including a two-night B&B break, with afternoon tea on arrival, Champagne reception, five-course Hogmanay dinner and ceilidh by the Grouse Ceilidh Band.  Also included is the perfect hangover cure with a brunch on New Year’s Day!





Loch Lomond Arms Hotel

Enjoy a truly Scottish New Year’s party at the stylish Loch Lomond Arms Hotel with a Hogmanay ceilidh at the festive function suite where you can dance the night away! To keep it traditional, stovies will be served at midnight. Various packages available. Gorgeous wee hotel.







Albert Halls, Stirling

A council run ceilidh but always a popular one. It's a great big beautiful building and there’s dinner and ceilidh dancing, led by Ian McCallum and his band.   There’s also dancers from The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society to show you the moves if you’re a novice. Don’t worry; Scottish ceilidh dancing is ridiculously easy to pick up. 







Douneside House, Aberdeenshire

Looking to bring in the new year in a cosy and exclusive venue? Then enjoy the big night at Douneside House with champagne & canapes, followed by a black tie dinner. Make sure to put on your dancing shoes for some fantastic ceilidh entertainment. The highlight of the evening will undoubtedly be the fireworks display on the front lawn to bring in the bells.






Hogmanay Snow Ball Ceilidh, Edinburgh

If you’re looking to celebrate Hogmanay in the capital, this is a really fabulous ceilidh ball, probably Edinburgh's biggest and best! The event is held at the beautiful, historic Assembly Rooms in central Edinburgh where your most glamorous Scottish party dreams will come true with 2 fairytale ballrooms, 2 ceilidh bands and 3 bars.






The Signet Library, Edinburgh

The Signet Library, just off the Royal Mile in Edinburgh is a building thats beauty will make your jaw drop, making it a great location for a New Year’s celebration. Enjoy a champagne reception before heading to the Upper Library for a magnificent 5-course dinner. Following a feast for the senses, you’ll enjoy a traditional Scottish ceilidh with a live band, only to stop when you toast the bells of the New Year with a glass of bubbly.





Ghillie Dhu, Edinburgh

A city centre New Year’s shindig at the Hogmanay Hoolie. Includes an arrival dram of Glenmorangie 10yo, 5 course banquet, live ceilidh band, a glass of Moët & Chandon to toast the new year, and then go out onto the street to watch the Edinburgh city fireworks before returning for more drinks and dancing. I feel hung-over already!






The Balmoral, Edinburgh

Looking to celebrate Hogmanay in luxe style? The Balmoral plays host to the capital’s most glamorous Hogmanay celebration.  The evening will commence with the sounds of the pipes and drums of the Royal Burgh of Stirling, offering a dramatic welcome to the Hogmanay celebrations. A Champagne and canapé reception will follow in the Holyrood Suite with accompanied live music. A grand four-course dinner will then be served in the Sir Walter Scott Suite accompanied by the finest of wines selected by their dedicated Sommelier.

The Bells of 2019 will ring as the ceilidh musicians lead you in a traditional Auld Lang Syne. Dance into the wee small hours with a live band providing entertainment after midnight as you watch the renowned fireworks display over Edinburgh Castle.


Archerfield Walled Garden, East Lothian

The Hogmanay Ceilidh at Archerfield Walled Garden, this event is sold out so it must be good! Sorry about that. Thought I’d still mention it because if it sells out that early it must be good and it’s worth thinking about it for next year!








Muchrach House Hotel, Speyside

Gorgeous wee hotel in the Cairngorms – their Christmas and Hogmanay packages are always really popular. Hogmanay is a big event where there’s dinner, dancing, entertainment, fireworks and drinks galore. Various packages on their website. 







Worth a Look…..

Thought I'd throw in a few honorouble mentions for places to spend NYE (that don't necessarily have a ceilidh but still worth a look) – Creagan Inn, near Oban. Ubiquitoous Chip with access to the Ashton Lane Street Party in Glasgow.  WEST Glasgow have a big shindig with a disco at Hogmanay. The Marcliffe in Aberdeen do a big NYE event. Or find a really lovely Scottish pub to take in the bells. Failing all of that, just stay at home and save money and start planning early for next year!  (One idea I like is to get pals and family together and hire a castle or a big house. There are plenty to choose from on this directory.) Whatever you do, have a fabulous Christmas and wonderful start to 2019. A massive thank you for following the Chic Scotland journey so far. There will be lots more to come in 2019.









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04 Dec 2018