A guide to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay fireworks

SCOTLAND’S Capital is famous for its fireworks, with lavish displays marking key calendar events, from the close of the Edinburgh Festival to St Andrew’s Day.

Last year's fireworks in full effect. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Though Auld Reekie’s skies often play host to impressive illuminations, nothing compares to the world-renowned display at Hogmanay. This year, there will be pyrotechnics aplenty to help revellers welcome in 2014 - the year of Homecoming Scotland.

Titanium are tasked with creating the display this year, and as one of the leading display providers in the country, expectations are high. But if you can’t wait to see the show at midnight then fear not - as countdown fireworks will lift from Edinburgh Castle and Princes Street Gardens at 9.00pm, 10.00pm and 11.00pm. These hourly illuminations are designed to mark the passing of time, as that all important midnight hour grows closer.

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When it comes to taking in the grand finale however, the city has no shortage of vantage points. The midnight fireworks will be lifting from Edinburgh Castle and Calton Hill, giving most revellers in Edinburgh’s general Hogmanay area a great sightline.

Partygoers visiting the Street Party, the Concert in the Gardens and the Keilidh will all have excellent views of the display, whilst those celebrating Hogmanay outside of the city centre will find that the fireworks will also be visible from the Meadows, Inverleith Park, and the Bruntsfield area.

Details of the display itself are being kept firmly under wraps, but if previous years are anything to go by, this year’s Hogmanay fireworks will kick off 2014 with a blast.