Vancouver Does Hogmanay: New Years in Edinburgh

What happens when two girls from Vancouver find themselves in the UK over the holidays?

They go to Hogmanay!

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Belinda and I took a four day trip to Edinburgh to do some sightseeing and ring in the new year. We’d heard about the city’s big party, but I didn’t quite realize what I’d gotten myself into.
I think their website does a very good job of explaining the main part of the event.. the street party.
The original and best New Year celebrations in the world! Join the party with 80,000 friends beneath the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle and dance your way into 2012 with incredible live music and entertainment, DJ’s, giant screens, outdoor bars and the world famous Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Midnight Fireworks.

Oh boy. So we did!

But not before we toured around the Old City, did some shopping in the sales on Princes Street (I spent the whole trip longing for a pair of Hunter boots with the Union Jack flag), got our money’s worth at Bar Salsa, and took a full day tour to the highlands with Hairy Coo tours.

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Looking out over Stirling, which hosted one of the most famous battles in Scottish
history, with their castle on the hill in the distance.

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Doune Castle in Stirling. The 14th century stronghold most famous for starring in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Go figure.

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Loch Katrine – the setting for The Lady of the Lake by Sir Water Scott

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A hairy coo! It means highland cow. We fed her.

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Our cute little van

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We were a bit snobbish about some of the nature we saw, being from BC and all.
But this was pretty.

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A cute bridge!

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Following our day tour, we jumped right into the festivities at the
Torch Procession to kick off the events.

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Last day of 2012 in Edinburgh

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I thought I’d left poufy jackets behind in Quebec..

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Happy New Year!

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It’s 2013! Visiting Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official Scottish residence. She wanted to have us over but she was busy with family stuff.

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Kicking the year off right — yes, we climbed to the top of that peak. Yes, me too.

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The view from Arthur’s Seat, 251 meters up (that’s the top!)

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Welcome to 2013

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