Illuminating Edinburgh for the New Year

Happy New Year!

What did you do for New Year’s Eve? Hope you had a fun time welcoming the new year!

As you know, I spent my last day of 2013 at Scotland’s Hogmanay as a part of #blogmanay team. Not only Edinburgh, but also Stirling, Inverness, Stonehaven, and Biggar are welcoming the new year with Hogmanay festival, specially this year. The Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is a three-day event starting from December 30th. The opening event of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2013/14, the Torchlight Procession, illuminated the city with thousands of torchlights. We made our way to George IV Bridge, the starting point of the walk, and luckily ran into the vikings who lead the way. I could already see the countless torches lit up front and back. The torches are sold for £ 8-10, and the proceeds go to the charities Radio Forth Cash for Kids and Barnardo’s Scotland.

We walked for hours through the city center, passed the Scott Monument, and ended at Calton Hill where we celebrated 20:14 moment with beautiful fireworks.

I’ve never done anything like this before. Of course I’ve been to New Year’s celebrations, but walking with the wax-torchlight through a beautiful European city alongside thousands of people from around the world was definitely one of the most unique experiences. Last year alone, this event welcomed 35,000 people. This year, the torches were sold out. Despite of the number of people, and the fire hazard, the whole thing went by peacefully. No one was pushing on the street, nothing was on fire, and people dressed properly. Because the torch is wax-based, it’s possible to get wax on your clothes (but you can get wax out by placing brown paper over the wax and then heating it with a low-iron setting).

The real experience was more magical, but I tried to capture the vibe to share. Enjoy, and again, happy new year everyone!

Lighting the torch for the Torchlight Procession
Lighting the torch for the Torchlight Procession
George IV Bridge: starting point for the Torchlight Procession
George IV Bridge: starting point for the Torchlight Procession
Waiting for the procession to begin
Waiting for the procession to begin
Torchlights on the first day of Edinburgh's Hogmanay
Torchlights on the first day of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay
Torchlights on the first day of Edinburgh's Hogmanay
Torchlights on the first day of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay
20:14 moment at the Calton Hill
20:14 moment at the Calton Hill

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Walking through Edinburgh with the torchlights
Walking through Edinburgh with the torchlights
Thousands of torches
Thousands of torches
Walking continues on the Prince Street
Walking continues on the Prince Street
Calton hill, waiting for the fireworks
Calton hill, waiting for the fireworks
Saint Andrew's Cross at the Calton Hill
Saint Andrew’s Cross at the Calton Hill
Torchlight Procession at Edinburgh's Hogmanay
Torchlight Procession at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

 

 

#blogmanay is brought to you by Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and is supported by ETAG, EventScotland, Homecoming Scotland, VisitScotland, Edinburgh Festivals, Marketing Edinburgh and co-creators Haggis Adventures. Created and produced by Unique Events. As always, all opinions expressed here are entirely our own. 

16 thoughts on “Runaway Photo: Torchlight Procession of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2013/14”

  1. These folks seem to do a great job of their blogger campaigns. I’ve read about this event on several travel bloggers and hadn’t even heard of it before. Never would’ve thought of Scotland for NYE!

  2. Wow, what a nice way to spend new years eve. Very different from spending hundreds of dollars and then not remembering anything the next day!
    The thousands of people from around the world all walking together with lit torches must have been something very special.

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