#Blogmanay ? = 21 travel bloggers + Europe’s biggest NYE party + a journey through the Scottish Winter Wonderland



It’s been a busy year at the BudgetTraveller.

Been an epic journey, highlight being the Luxury Hostels of Europe project where I visited 40 hostels in 33 cities.

The idea was to ‘quietly’ wind down the year with friends in Edinburgh.

Catchup with them over a few drinks and good food.

Catch up with the movies I’ve missed out at the cinema.

Back to simple pleasures: the joy of waking up in the same bed everyday for a few weeks.


A few weeks to reflect on what has also been the most exciting year of my life.

Guess what?

Life can never be too quiet or predictable with me…


End of the year is looking very exciting and hectic all of a sudden.

I’ve long asked for for there to be a blogger focussed event in Scotland: whereby bloggers can come discover the amazing beauty of this great country plus meet the people that make Scotland one of the most best places to visit- come Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter.

My wish has come true.

After months of planning with Unique Events who organise Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and other lead partners, Haggis Adventures – #Blogmanay is finally a reality.

So it’s with great excitement that on the 29th December, 2012 I’ll be welcoming the #Blogmanay team of bloggers: 21 of the world’s leading bloggers ( Meet them here  To follow them, search on Twitter for: #blogmanay ) coming together to enjoy Hogmanay– Europe’s biggest New Year’s Eve party and festival.

Afterwards- the great Scottish winter wonderland: we are off for 3 days on a big adventure in the Scottish Highlands with the awesome people at Haggis Adventures. 

Our journey  with Haggis will take take us to the historic Stirling, then passing through the beautiful , brooding Glencoe .

We rest for 2 nights and sample the best of Scottish Hospitality at Morag’s Lodge on the banks of the magical, mystical Loch ness and inbetween squeeze in a trip to the isle of all Scottish isles-Skye: should be an epic trip.

Afterwards, we’re dropping by at the dreamy, historic seaside resort of St Andrews for a few days before ending the trip in the stunning Alexander House Hotel in Perthshire.


First up : Edinburgh’s Hogmanay.

Stretching over three days there is a ton of exciting events that are taking place over the city during the festival.

My personal highlights?


Edinburgh's Hogmanay - Midnight Fireworks Cityscape


1.) Three parties in one? Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party, Concert in the Gardens and the Kelidih


Very excited to be tweeting and ringing in the new year at the Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party with my fellow blogging colleagues.

Under the epic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle I’ll be seeing one of the world’s most stunning midnight fireworks display.

Plus I’ll be at the Concert in the Gardens listening to class live acts: Simple Minds, the View and Bwani Junction.

There will be also dancing- at the Kelidih: the world’s biggest outdoor ceilidh!


Up Helly Aa Vikings leading the Torchlight Procession

Up Helly Aa Vikings leading the Torchlight Procession


2.) Torchlight Procession on 30th December

I am really looking forward to the Torchlight procession.


Me and the rest of the #Blogmanay team  have the special privilege of being torch bearers, joining thousands of other torch carriers, illuminating the city from Chambers Street, marching upto the Son et Lumière and fireworks finale on Calton Hill.

The procession will be led by Shetland’s Up Helly Aa’ Vikings to the sound of massed pipes and drums-hairs on the back of my neck are already standing up as I think of it….



3) Lucky 13- A whole festival in one afternoon?

Edinburgh is the home to some of the best festivals in the world.

So for those of you who have never experienced the city’s fabled festival atmosphere, comes the opportunity to sample a whole festival in just one afternoon- Lucky 13 , a feast of music, theatre, dancing and inspiration.




With the help of a lucky dice, I’ll be rolling around 13 venues dotted across the old town of Edinburgh.

It’s an afternoon of varying possibilities-  from dancing and yeeha’s with Stretch Dawrson and the Mending Hearts: Scotland’s only Country & Western Swing band to the scientific study of the lucky mind with psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman who has worked with some of the world’s luckiest and unluckiest people.


So. There you go. Some of the crazy highlights of the epic few days ahead.

Blogmanay is not just about a bunch of travel bloggers discovering Scotland.

It’s about anyone who is passionate about Scotland and would like to blog about what makes this country epic at this unique time of the year.

You, the reader can also get involved in Blogmanay by tweeting your favourite Edinburgh Hogmanay moments , past or present – just use the hashtag #Blogmanay on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

Plus if you are in town for the party, gimme a shout!


This campaign is brought to you by iambassador and was made possible thanks to the kind sponsorship by Visit Scotland, ETAG, Edinburgh Festivals, Haggis Adventures and Skyscanner.

Please note, the BudgetTraveller maintains full editorial control of the content published on this blog.


  • Giulia says:

    Wow this looks fantastic. I had a Highlands tour with Haggis once and it was one of the best trips ever… FUN! And St Andrews, well that’s where I studied… this itinerary looks awesome. Will be following you guys 🙂

  • Looks fantastic! I’m heading there tomorrow and hoping there’s no traffic so I make it in time for the tourch lit procession! Then I’m going to the street party on the 31st. Can’t wait! 🙂

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