Camper Van Hire Scotland For New Year
Nowhere celebrates New Year quite like Scotland. Having a Motorhome means that you have the freedom to attend whichever event you want at a discount as you don’t have to pay expensive hotel or travel fees. If you don’t own a Motorhome but still want the experience, it’s alright because Rockin Van’s can offer you the perfect Camper Van hire for your Hogmanay trip. To get you started on some ideas of a place to join in the festivities, here’s a list of some great New Years Eve events around Scotland this year.
Edinburgh, Hogmanay Street Party
You can’t have a list of Hogmanay events without mentioning at least one of the many great events that Edinburgh holds annually. The Street Party is just one of the experiences that you can choose from. There is also; a Ceilidh under the Castle, and a Concert in the Gardens (featuring Franz Ferdinand this year). Come midnight, the one o’clock gun is fired to ring in the New Year, and regardless of what event you’re attending, you’ll be treated to the stunning fireworks display that lights up the skies of Edinburgh every year.
Aberdeen, Hogmanay Live!
Offering a more traditional New Year’s Eve celebration, ‘Hogmanay Live!’ is broadcast live and features more traditional Scottish music and dance. This year features local musician Graham Geddes, and brings a traditional ceilidh that is a more sedate but a no less fun celebration that the whole family can enjoy. Taking your Camper Van to Aberdeen for Hogmanay is also perfect for couples wanting a quieter, more romantic break. For those wanting a more ‘exciting’ experience, Aberdeen does also hosts it’s own street party, complete with live music acts and fireworks.
Stonehaven, Fireballs Parade
If you thought ‘Hogmanay Live!’ was a more traditional do, it has nothing on the Fireballs Parade that Stonehaven offers. Dating back to the 19th century, the Fireball ceremony consists of a number of ‘fireball-swingers’ swinging flaming balls down the high-street accompanied by pipes and drums. It was originally done to cleanse the street of evil spirits for the new year, but now it just looks spectacular. If you’re wanting a more unique trip with your Camper Van hire in Scotland, Stonehaven and the Fireballs Parade isn’t to be missed.
Inverness, Red Hot Highland Fling
Picking up the pace once again is Inverness with its annual Red Hot Highland Fling. It’s the biggest free event in Scotland, so if you’re looking to save some cash to help recover from Christmas while still getting the full Hogmanay experience, it’s ideal. Like Aberdeen, it features more traditional stylings as it’s usual music of choice. However, with this year having been dubbed the year of the young people, this might be set to change. With The Trad Project and Blazin Fiddles playing this year, it is going to be a great show.
Burghead, The Burning of the Clavie
For those who have the time and desire to celebrate Hogmanay twice, Burghead gives you the opportunity with The Burning of the Clavie taking place on January 11th. This date is because back in the 1750s, when the Julian calendar was reformed and the Gregorian calendar was introduced, Burghead decided to make the most of it and have two celebrations instead of getting angry like everyone else. Every January 11th, a barrel full of scarves (the Clavie) is set alight and carried around the town followed by a large crowd. Owning a piece of the burnt Clavie is meant to bring good luck for the coming year. Why? Well, much like many Scottish traditions no one is entirely sure. It’s good for the inner pyromaniac regardless.
So if you’re bored of spending New Years Eve in your house with a handful of relatives, why not explore Scotland and see what it has to offer. We have a Camper Van hire in Scotland for those who don’t own their own but want to take advantage of the festivities this year. Get in contact for more information.