January Happenings Around Scotland

Stephenie McGucken Student Services Officer


January 2, 2019

Welcome to Scotland! Embrace your time here by getting to know your new home and all it has to offer, from concerts to exhibitions, to ceilidhs! Below are some of our suggestions on how to start enjoying Scotland and enjoy all it has to offer during January. 

Rainbow at Loch Ness, Kylie Melodick, 2018.

Photo of Rainbow at Loch Ness by Arcadia Scotland Student Kylie Melodick, Fall 2018. 


Walking Tours with Scot Free Tours

City Centre Tour: Friday, Saturday at 1, Mercat Cross at Castlegate
Old Aberdeen Tour: Most Sundays at noon, Outside the Townhouse, High Street, Old Aberdeen

Explore Aberdeen with these free walking tours!

Lunchtime Concerts

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums; Every Thursday at 12:45.

Enjoy a different lunch (or study!) break with a lunchtime concert.

Canaletto in Aberdeen

21 January - 24 February; The Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen

Learn more about the Italian artist through the University of Aberdeen’s art collections.

Burns Ceilidh Supper

Beach Ballroom; 25 & 26th January, £35; Call the Ballroom at 01224 647647 to book a place.

Grab a kilt and join in the celebration of one of Scotland’s greatest literary minds.



A History of the Sword

Edinburgh Castle; 5 and 6 January, 11:15, 12:15, 2:00, 3:00; Included in Admission (Free for HES Members)

Take the opportunity to explore the castle, and learn more about the history of weaponry in Scotland.

Burns Ceilidh

Lauriston Hall; 25 and 26 January, 8-11; £10


Join Edinburgh Ceilidhs for a special Burns Night Ceilidh on the 25th or 26th to celebrate Robert Burns and dance the night away!

Message from the Skies

Various Locations until 25 January; Nightly from 5pm to 10pm; Free. 

Love letters to Europe from six international writers will be projected on ten buildings around Edinburgh.


Women’s Suffrage in Glasgow

Mitchell Library; Until 25 January; 9-5; Free

Learn about Glasgow's role in the struggle for Women's Suffrage.


Burns Night at the Panopticon

The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall; 25 and 26th January, 8:30, £8 advance; £12 on door; £18 for Dinner (25th only)


Celebrate Robert Burns with a ceilidh at one of Glasgow's iconic venues. 

The National Whisky Festival

SWG3; 26 January, 12 and 4:15; £38 plus booking fees.

Sample some of Scotland's finest whiskies


The Scots Who Built the White House

The Engine Shed, Stirling; 10-4, Monday to Saturday (Until 12 April); Free

Explore Scotland’s dedicated conservation centre for built heritage with this exhibition about Scotland’s connections to the White House.

St Andrews

Anthony & Cleopatra: National Theatre Live Screening

Byres Theatre; 24 January, 7pm; £15/13

See one of the National Theatre’s great productions.