Top 5 events in Scotland this January

Top events in Scotland this January

January isn’t most people’s favourite month, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t fun to be had. This January Scotland is host to a wonderful selection of events across the country from festivals to a sled dog rally. Although the days may be short, you can still make them count. Book yourself a last minute Scottish cottage and say goodbye to those January blues with Europe’s largest indoor funfair at the IRN-BRU Carnival or a choice selection of music and theatre at the Big Burns Supper.

1. IRN-BRU Carnival

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The IRN-BUR Carnival in Glasgow is running from 21st December until 15th January. If you haven’t yet been, be sure to take a trip this January. It is Europe’s largest indoor funfair and, unsurprisingly, has a huge amount on offer. From thrill rides to family rides and inflatable play, there will be offerings for all ages. As well as face-painting and a fortuneteller there will also be multiple places to eat so you can spend the whole day making the most of everything that’s on offer.

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2. Scalloway Fire Festival

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Scalloway Fire Festival in Shetland consists of a procession of torches and a Viking longship through the streets of the village. This years celebration will be held on 13th January and is sure to be an impressive spectacle not to be missed. If you stick around until the Sunday there will also be a ‘Hop Night’. This is a night of fun, with lively gigs held consecutively at different venues in the local area. Starting in the afternoon, revelry continues well into the night.

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3. Big Burns Supper

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The Big Burns Supper is an amazing celebration of Robert Burns held across Dumfries. From 20th – 29th January experience music, theatre and more. This Burn’s night celebration is the biggest in the world, so if you’re marking Burn’s night this year, Dumfries is the place to be. There are numerous act to enjoy in the festival line up; from the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain to Danny & The Champions. It’s an event not to be missed this January.

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4. Fife Food Festival

Fife Food Festival in St Andrews is home to the finest food Scotland has on offer. Head to Younger Hall on 28th January for a wonderful foodie day out. Here you’ll find numerous stalls with a grand selection of food as well as cooking demonstrations. This festival is held by St Andrews University for their Raising and Giving week so there’s the added benefit of all profits being donated Mary’s Meals.

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5. Aviemore Sled Dog Rally

The sled dog rally in Glenmore, Aviemore has grown dramatically since its small beginnings as a 12 team race. Held on 28th – 29th January this is now the largest sled dog rally in the UK. Over 1,000 sled dogs and over 200 mushers are likely to turn up this year. It’s certainly no ordinary event, and even if there’s a lack of snow participants aren’t deterred; swapping their sleds for a three wheeled rig.

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