Hogmanay Torchlight Procession with #Blogmanay

Last night, I was lucky enough to take part in the Hogmanay Torchlight Procession through Edinburgh city centre to the top of Calton Hill. This year was the biggest ever procession, with over 40,000 people taking part and 10,000 holding torches – and I got to be part of this spectacular event.

Hogmanay Torchlight Procession

With the #blogmanay team, we were right up front, behind the huge group of noisy, hairy vikings from the Shetland Islands who lead the annual torchlight procession through the city centre. Our flaming torches held high into the air, we set off behind the vikings from the starting point on the Royal Mile and down to Princes Street. Piping bands and drummers saw us off in the grandest way possible as we descended the hill towards the spectacularly lit Princes Street Gardens, past crowds of onlookers.

The whole experience was absolutely amazing. Standing halfway up Calton Hill once we’d made our way to the top, and looking back at the river of orange light stretching back across the city, I was staggered by the huge volume of people taking part in this beautiful tradition, kicking off Edinburgh’s three day celebration of the New Year. Below, I’ve included a few of my favourite shots from the Hogmanay Torchlight Procession – let me know what you think in the comments!

Don’t forget to follow me on social media today to see live updates of tonight’s Hogmanay celebrations, as I bring in 2016 with a #blogmanay bang! On Twitter and Instagram I’m @em_luxton, or you can check out my Facebook page for daily summaries. Also, you can add me on Snapchat (emluxton) for completely live photos, videos, and selfies throughout my time in Scotland. Don’t miss this adventure!

Hogmanay Torchlight Procession

Viking torches burning.

Hogmanay Torchlight Procession

Our torches were quite a bit smaller!

Hogmanay Torchlight Procession

Vikings getting ready to start the walk

How are you celebrating Hogmanay or New Year’s Eve this year? Keep following #blogmanay to see how Edinburgh does New Year’s! 

#blogmanay is brought to you by Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and is supported by ETAG, The Scottish Goverment, VisitScotland, Festivals Edinburgh, Marketing Edinburgh, Arnold Clarke Van and Car HireRabbies Tours and co-creators Haggis Adventures. Created and produced by Unique Events. As always, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.


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  1. Amazing images. You’ve captured the atmosphere brilliantly. Love it. I know what I want to do next year!

    • Thanks so much Naomi! I was really pleased with how the photos came out actually. It was such a cool night and just looked amazing – like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Have you ever been?

  2. Yes. I’ve been a few years back in January with my dad. It was a christmas present and we had a lot of fun. Loved the vibe.

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