Robbie Burns birthday celebrated in the Capital

Craigdarroch Castle celebration and Beacon Hill Park ceremony mark occasion

Scotland’s favourite bard will be remembered at Craigdarroch Castle with a traditional evening of Robbie Burns’ fun and merriment on Saturday (Jan. 24).

The festivities begin with The Highland Gathering Light Foot and Horse Guard piping the haggis into the castle at 5:45 p.m., followed by a reading of Burns’ celebrated poem The Address to The Haggis.

After The Address, Celtic music will be provided by Cookeilidh from 6 until 7:45 p.m. during that time guests are welcome to explore the castle on a self-guided tour.

Tickets are available at the door. Admission is: $10 for ages 6 to 16 and $20 for age 17 and over. Doors open at 5:15 p.m.

Meanwhile, a ceremony will be held at the Burns Monument at Beacon Hill Park at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Jan. 25). A concert and tea follows at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Hall, 680 Courtney St. Admission is by donation.