Wintery days can be numerous here throughout December and January with cold crisp days and snow over the festive period. There is nothing nicer than a snowy winter’s day of sledging and walking followed by an evening by the wood-burning stove.
We have sledges a plenty so that you can make the most of the white stuff when it arrives, with a couple of ‘black runs’ up our sleeves for the more adventurous!
January can be the perfect time to catch some snow in the Pentland Hills as well as the January sales in Edinburgh. January 2021 is going to be a little different, we will keep you up to date on what is reopening when in Scotland.
January Availability at Eastside
Steading Cottage (sleeps 4) available 4th - 8th & 15th - 31st 2021
Byre Cottage (sleeps 4) available 4th - 8th & 15th - 31st 2021
Woodshed (sleeps 2) available 8th - 31st January 2021
What's on around Edinburgh in January?
Burn's Night | 25th January 2021 Celebrate Burn's Night throughout the capital with Haggis, neeps & tatties, and a good old-fashioned ceilidh. Check back here for some of the best celebrations in the city.
Prestonfield Burns Night | TBC
For a quick bite of our national dish nip in to the Haggis Box at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, serving haggis (& veggie haggis) neeps & tatties from Tuesday to Sunday. If you want to try to cook your own Burns supper, get a delicious locally made Macsween haggis and follow Jamie Oliver's instructions!
Festivals & Events
Edinburgh's world famous Hogmanay street party and fireworks display gets the year started quite literally with a bang! Look forward to celebrating the nations most famous bard with dinner, dancing and poetry at the months end.
Edinburgh Zoo : Christmas Nights | 20th November 2020 - 3rd January 2021
Christmas at the Botanics | 26th November 2020 - 3rd January 2021
Dalkeith Country Park's Spectacle of Light | 5th December 2020 - 3rd January 2021
Edinburgh's Christmas | Cancelled January 2021
Edinburgh's Hogmanay | TBC | Party the night away in the Princes Street Gardens beneath the world famous fireworks display.
Magicfest | TBC
Turner in January | 1st - 31st January | An Edinburgh tradition: Turner's works, bequeathed to the Gallery by the distinguished collector Henry Vaughan. Vaughan stipulated in his bequest that these delicate watercolours should be ‘exhibited to the public all at one time, free of charge, during the month of January’. His wishes have been faithfully adhered to for over 100 years. This limited exposure has resulted in the works retaining their luminous colours and pristine condition.
Food & Drink
Looking for a fun days out for grown ups?
How about booking yourselves in to Craft Beer Kitchen. Stewarts Brewing has long invited the public in to try their hand at crafting the perfect pint. With expert guidance you can spend the day brewing your very own bespoke beer. If staying at Eastside the brewery are more than happy to send the beer on (within the UK) when it's ready. Not a bad holiday souvenir!
With Burn's Night on the 25th it seems apt to visit our local distillery, Glenkinchie. Whiskies from the lowlands are generally considered the most light-bodied of the single malts. Lighter in nature, with a gentle palate which makes them easy to drink, especially for those who are new to single malt whisky. From tastings to behind the scenes tours you can tailor make the whisky experience exactly how you'd like it.
Tours, lectures & workshops
Learn something new in the New Year with tours, art workshops, the national museums open learning workshops and the National Museums Science Saturday! Listed as schedules become available...
Events for Children
The National Galleries of Scotland have a great programme of events designed especially for children, babies and mums-to-be. Perfect for introducing kids big and small to their collections. Events listed here as soon as schedules become available...