January 25 is the birthday of Scottish poet turned folk hero Robert Burns, and the date has been a day of national celebration in Scotland
for the last two centuries. Feasts of haggis and whisky—known as Burns suppers—are thrown across the country in his honor, as well as rowdy readings of some of his best known works. The annual celebrations take place on a Saturday this year, so expect even greater revelry than usual, especially from the Big Burns Supper, a longstanding party held in the southern city of Dumfries. The festival lasts for 11 days and spans the whole town, offering cabaret, music, and comedy performances (this year will feature an immersive Moulin Rouge experience). Alternatively, head to the iconic Gleneagles hotel
in nearby Perthshire, home of the recently refurbished restaurant The Strathearn, where there will be an Address to a Haggis and reading of Robert Burns’ famous poem. Save room for a snifter or two at the hotel’s newly refurbished Century Bar, home to over 120 different single malts.