Bus service available after Edinburgh’s Hogmanay bash

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Organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, which is produced on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council, has confirmed that a Citylink Bus service would be running following the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party and Concert in the Gardens in the early hours of January 1.

The service will run from North of the Forth Bridge to Dunfermline, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, St Andrews, Dundee, Kinross and Perth.

Pete Irvine, director of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, said: “Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is three days packed with events, live music and celebration. If you’re heading back north of the Forth, remember your journey home should only take a little longer than usual to travel via the Kincardine Bridge, whether you take advantage of the Citylink bus service, or if you’re driving. If you’re planning to drive, please decide on your designated driver before the start of the party.”

Cllr Richard Lewis, Edinburgh’s Festivals and Events Champion, added: “Given the closure of the Forth Road Bridge it’s important that we do all we can to help people get home safe and sound after seeing in the bells at the world’s greatest Street Party. I’m delighted that Citylink are putting on this valuable service and remember to book your ticket in advance to guarantee a seat home.”

The Citylink Bus Service runs from Edinburgh Bus Station. Timetables and destinations can be found at Citylink and tickets MUST be booked in advance to guarantee a seat home. The free Hogmanay NightBus Service supported by Lothian Buses and Diageo, will service these at the end of the night.

While tickets to Concert in the Gardens are sold out, the world famous Street Party sees performances from Maxïmo Park, Slaves and White on the Waverley Stage while the new Scottish Stage on Castle Street welcomes Shooglenifty, Peatbog Faeries and Rura. BBC Radio 6 Music’s Craig Charles provides the soundtrack to the Street Party live from the Frederick Street Stage and broadcasts across screens along the length of Princes Street, and finally cabaret performers, Guilty Pleasures, take over the Mound Stage fresh from their sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer.

The world’s largest outdoor ceilidh moves into its new home in Parliament Square and becomes the Old Town Ceilidh as 4000 revellers birl their way through the bells with four live ceilidh bands performing on two stages. Revellers will be invited to smash the Guinness World Record for the largest Strip the Willow – with 2016 participants. Dancers are advised to wear flat footwear as some areas of the Ceilidh arena are cobbled.

New Year revellers across Edinburgh and beyond will enjoy a feast of fireworks with countdown displays on the hour from 9.00pm, rising to the crescendo of the spectacular Midnight Moment as the fireworks lift from the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle and from Calton Hill. The fireworks are followed by the world’s largest rendition of Auld Lang Syne as old friends and new join hands across the arena to sing Burns’ universal New Year anthem.

For full details of the programme of events at the three day Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Festival, visit edinburgh hogmanay.