VisitScotland invites you to join Scots all over the world in having fun and raising a dram to Scotland’s Bard (poet), Robert Burns, on his birthday,25 January. In Scotland’s year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, discover Robert Burns; the Ayrshire ploughman who became one of the world’s best-known poets, and celebrate in the traditions of Robert Burns Night. Share in the warmth and spirit of Scotland; get your pals togetherfor ‘auld lang syne’ or old times’ sake and host your own Burns Supper. It’s a night for all those who feel their ‘heart’s in the Highlands’!
How do you throw a Burns Supper (officially)?
1) To start – everyone gathers, the host says a few words, everyone sits and the Selkirk Grace is said.
2) The meal – the starter is served, perhaps cock-a-leekie, the haggis is bagpiped in, the host performs Address to a Haggis, everyone toasts the haggis and the main meal is served, followed by dessert, often Cranachan.
3) After the meal – the first Burns recital is performed, the Immortal Memory (the main tribute speech to Burns) is given, the second Burns recital is performed, then there’s a Toast to the Lassies, followed by a Reply to the Toast to the Lassies, before the final Burns recital is performed.
4) To end the night – the host gives a vote of thanks, everyone stands and sings Auld Lang Syne, crossing their arms and joining hands at the line ‘And there’s a hand, my trusty fere!’.
How do you throw a Burns Supper (unofficially)?
In truth, you can follow as much or as little of this running order as you like. You can even make your own additions– hold a quiz, add a ceilidh, include a treasure hunt – the most important thing is that everyone gets in the spirit and has a great night!
Impress with Burns quotes and poems!
‘There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.’
‘The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men,
Gang aft agley.’
‘But to see her was to love her,
Love but her, and love forever.’