The centrepiece of any good Burns Supper menu is the iconic haggis, or as the bard himself described it, the 'great chieftain o' the puddin'-race'. 

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With a history stretching back as far as the 11th century, Scottish whisky – also known as 'Scotch' – is an important part of our identity in Scotland. Like the drink itself, the story of whisky-making in Scotland is fascinating and complex.

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Traditional recitals on the evening include the 'Selkirk Grace' and the 'Address to a Haggis'. Other recitals on the evening include a speech commemorating Burns and a toast to the great man, known as the 'Immortal Memory', the 'Address to the Lassies' and of course 'The Reply from the Lassies', which are normally created especially for the evening. 

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Burns Night for Kids

Burns Night doesn't just have to be for the grown ups - after all, Burns himself is said to have had 12 children?!?! So, he probably appreciates more than most how challenging it can be to keep the little ones occupied. Thankfully - our friends at VisitScotland have you covered.

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The life and death of Burns

Burns had a genius for putting himself into the shoes of others and sympathising with their plight. His greatest works gave a unique and vivid insight into the aspirations and anguishes of the brotherhood of man and his words maintain their powerful meaning today. 

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