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Edinburghs Hogmanay Torchlight Procession 2012. With Vikings!

Posted on January 26th, by Peter Parkorr in Britain, Scotland, Video Adventures. 5 comments

Have you ever been to a Scottish celebration of Hogmanay? They really know how to mark an occasion up there. It’s a great way to welcome in the New Year, and here’s my first video from this year’s events to show you why. Five Scottish pipe bands and 26 Up Helly Aa Vikings from the Shetlands lead over 35,000 people and 7,000 torches through the streets of Edinburgh up to Calton Hill in the Hogmanay Torchlight Procession 2012. Read more in my post about it.

Also on this page, a quick & fun edit from time spent in St Andrews a few days later, featuring Kirsten from Aviators And A Camera and I going for a late New Year’s Dip in the North Sea, a fun show of solidarity for our Loony Dooking friends.

The Torchlight Procession 2012 from Edinburgh’s Hogmanay in only 2 minutes. (It looks best in HD.)

And the Loony Dook in St Andrews video. Yep, it was cold, but so much fun. This is what mornings are made for!

You can read more about the real January 1st Loony Dook as part of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay from three of my fellow bloggers who took the plunge!
What the Fook is a Loony Dook from Amanda, with a video included.
Nadine from thenadwork made a video too, that I’ll link to when I find.
Runaway Jane named it as one of her Hogmanay Highlights.

And a little more about my trip to Scotland:

Read what The Scotsman had to say about our blogging efforts, which was also a double page spread in print. Great stuff!

The #blogmanay social media campaign was sponsored by Edinburgh’s Hogmanay with the support of VisitScotland,ETAGEdinburgh FestivalsHaggis Adventures  and Skyscanner. The campaign bloggers were arranged by iambassador, with special thanks to Kash for his role in organising the trip.