I’VE been lucky enough to have had a few Scottish friends in my time – and aside from being splendid company, they have always been full of stories.
Happily, I’m now about to head to Edinburgh to see in the new year, as one of a group of bloggers invited for the Hogmanay celebrations there. This fine gathering of some of the best travel bloggers around is named Blogmanay – geddit? I’ll be there from 29 December until I return to London on 2 January – the rest of the group move on that latter date for a tour of Scotland until 9 January.
Apart from taking SOTMs of the rest of the Blogmanay group, I’ll be getting general shots of all the shenanigans going on too. Do give me a nudge if you’d like to pose for SOTM while I’m in Edinburgh, particularly if you’re a local.
Here’s some of the events that I’ll be photographing over the next few days:
Torchlight Procession through Edinburgh’s city centre.
Concert in the Gardens headlined by Simple Minds, also with Bwani Junction and The View.
Hogmanay Street Party and Street Carnival which is legendary the world over! A Scottish chap I know has already advised me to get to Princes Street on New Year’s Eve “if you like kissing”.
The Keilidh which is a traditional Scottish dance party. Might try and slip a few Gangnam Style moves in.
Midnight Fireworks and World’s Biggest Auld Lang Syne which sounds like a nightmare for the adjudicators. Imagine trying to do the headcount on that one.
Edinburgh’s Dogmanay which is sled racing by dogs. Boom.
Loony Dook where people dress up, walk through the city and then jump into the sea. I’d love to take part, but I, er, don’t want to get my camera wet…
And this isn’t even all that’s taking place at Hogmanay this year. See more of what’s going on here.
To keep up with all the updates from me and the other bloggers, follow the #Blogmanay tag on Twitter and Instagram. Do feel free to join in with using the tag if you’ll be in Edinburgh for Hogmanay. You can also follow the official Blogmanay tumblr.
Some of the finest travel bloggers on the webs will be in Edinburgh – here’s a who’s who of the attendees.
Kash from The Budget Traveller, Melvin from Traveldudes, Kirsten from Aviators and a Camera, Mike from Fevered Mutterings, Chris from The Aussie Nomad, Isabelle from Isabelle’s Travel Guide, JD from earthXplorer, Audrey and Dan from Uncornered Market, Peter from Travel Unmasked, Jools from Trains on the Brain, Amanda from A Dangerous Business, Emma from Emma’s Travel Tales, Flora fromFlora the Explorer, Kate from Adventurous Kate, Abhishek from Wild Navigator, Nadine from The Nadwork, Jane from Runaway Jane, Julie from A Lady in London, and Mei and Jo from CC Food Travel.
Many thanks to the organisers for putting on such a splendid feast of activities: Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, EventScotland, VisitScotland, Edinburgh Tourism Action Group (ETAG), Festivals Edinburgh, Haggis Adventures and Skyscanner.
Oh, and one final word of caution – there’s rumours of kilts being provided for the male members of this esteemed group. You have been warned…