Burns Night in Perth

It’s that time of year when we celebrate the life and works of our great bard, Robert Burns (1759-1796). There are many Burns suppers and celebrations on or around ┬áRabbie’s birthday, 25 January. These suppers can be formal gatherings with serious scholars and musicians, or wildly informal gatherings. The common denominator is the eating of haggis, the drinking of whisky, and the reciting of poems by the bard, singing of songs and sometimes a wee bit of Scottish dancing.

Burns saltire

Or you can stay at home and have a family celebration with a dinner of haggis (veggie haggis is fantastic), bashed neeps and tatties all washed down with a nip of whisky to toast Rabbie. You can get your haggis from local butchers and supermarkets – both meaty and veggie.

Some of Perth’s local restaurants have special Burns menus, including Deans at Let’s Eat, The Salutation Hotel, and The Bothy.

Have fun reciting or singing “A Red Red Rose” and “Address to a Haggis” and “To a Mouse”, and many many more. Every year, around this time, my children’s school encourage the kids to learn and recite a Burns poem. There were prizes!!


Robert Burns, Scotland's Poet.

The Bard