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A Year of Edinburgh: January

One of the most wonderful things about living in Auld Reekie is the array of things to do every single month of the year. Much like New York is the city that never sleeps, Edinburgh is the city that never stops turning. From the twinkling lights of the German Markets to the leaflet-laden walls at George Square during the Fringe Festival, there’s always something new and exciting (or perhaps familiar and comforting) just around the corner. So, with this in mind, we’ve decided to start 2016 off with a series of monthly posts promoting A Year of Edinburgh.

Wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim’rous beastie, O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!

A little underrated nowadays, but an occasion we personally love to celebrate: Burns Night. A celebration of the Bard in all his glory, you’ll find nooks and crannies of Edinburgh donning their best kilts and piping the haggis in. Experience a ceilidh and a traditional Burns Night feast at Contini‘s Burns Night Ceilidh on The Mound. Or, for something a bit more low-key, The Stand Comedy Club are offering up some Scottish fayre and a night of comedy starting from a fiver.

Feeling a bit sluggish this month? One of our favourite things to do is to book in to one of the local spas and melt away the stresses and strains of the dreaded return to work. Need some ideas? We recently highlighted Zen Lifestyle, Roxburghe Spa and Chamomile Sanctuary here, but there’s always the luxurious Guerlain Spa at the Caledonian Waldorf Astoria hotel or the state of the art One Spa in the Sheraton Grand Hotel for anyone feeling especially indulgent.

Keen to eat healthier this January but don’t want to sacrifice those hot comforting meals of winter, particularly on a blustery Edinburgh lunchtime? Pop along to Union of Genius and pick up one of their daily soup offerings to keep you feeling toasty. With a wonderful line-up of flavours such as tomato, roast sweet pepper and harissa, sweet potato, coconut and tamarind or – our personal favourite – their long-standing caldo verde, you’ll be spoiled for choice. This one is a popular one with the locals for a reason!

What do you look forward to getting up to in Edinburgh for the rest of January? We’ll be continuing next month with A Year of Edinburgh: February.