Burns Night is a great excuse to banish the January blues by pouring a cheeky wee dram (Dry January be darned!) and celebrating our National Bard. Here’s FIVE fantastic ways to remember Rabbie this month ….

  1. Trace Rabbie’s Footsteps

Pull on your walking boots and soak up the stunning scenery which inspired Burns to write ‘Blyth Was She’ and ‘On Scaring Some Water-Fowl in Loch Turit’. He penned the first poem to Euphemia Murray of Ochtertyre and the other while hunting wildfowl on the shores of Loch Turret during a visit to the Strath capital in 1887. Park in the Glen Turret Dam car park and follow the path alongside the loch for spectacular views up and down the glen.

  1. A Rare Rabbie Read

Unique first editions, including works by Robert Burns, are among the 5000+ books contained inside Scotland’s oldest lending library at Innerpeffrey. The collection includes an exceptional assembly of the works of Robert Burns including a handwritten manuscript of the song ‘Wilt Thou be my Dearie?’, plus first editions of many important Scottish Enlightenment writers. Plan your visit to this hidden gem at www.innerpeffraylibrary.co.uk

  1. Whisky Galore!

If Burns Night tickles your tastebuds for a wee nip of the uisge beatha, check out the latest offering at Strathearn Artspace. Crieff’s creative community hub is screening ‘Whisky Galore’ on Friday, February 2, from 7pm for 7.30pm. Based on the novel by Compton Mackenzie and shot on the island of Barra, Michael Balcon’s original film stars Basil Radford, Joan Greenwood and of course 50,000 cases of whisky. There’ll be no drought at the Artspace as it toasts this classic film with a nip of whisky courtesy of Jamie Morrison, Assistant Visitor Experience Manager at The Famous Grouse Experience who will be on hand to demonstrate fantastic whisky cocktails (soft drink option available). Licensed bar. Piper. Adult tickets £8, under 16s £6.

  1. Piping Hot Invitation

With traditional music and verse, lashings of whisky and the iconic haggis, the Burns Supper is always an evening of good company, great food and fantastic drink. Non-members are welcome to ‘Address The Haggis’ and ‘Toast The Lassies’ with Strathearn Burns Club at its Traditional Burns Supper to celebrate the life and times of Robert Burns through music, poetry and special guest speakers on Saturday, January 27, 6.30 for 7pm at Crieff Golf Club. Ticket cost £27. For further info tel: 01764 650310 or Bill Clark 01764 652058.

  1. A Super Supper (Home & Away)

Burns Night wouldn’t be complete without a steaming plate of haggis, neeps and tatties. Whether you boil, steam, bake or microwave, you’ll find a fantastic selection of the wee beasties for sale in Crieff’s wide selection of delis, butcher shops and supermarkets. The town’s wide selection of eateries are also embracing the tradition with The Famous Grouse Experience serving up a Haggis & Drams Evening at 6.30pm on Saturday, January 26 (tickets £15). Meanwhile, The Crieff Food Co. is offering The Burns Supper Pack (for two) – the very best home-made Cullen Skink, Haggis Neeps & Tatties and a miniature whisky.

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