So New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh was faaantastic!
We left Jedburgh around 5pm and when we got to Edinburgh decided to take our chances with parking on a residential street. It was already pretty packed and those spots we did see were “permit only” so we gave up when we stumbled across a car park next to a movie theatre, it wasn’t free but it was only a brief walk from the city centre.
First we went to the ticket office to pick up our wrist bands. I’m glad we bought our tickets in advance because it was super fast to pick them up while the line to buy tickets was pretty long. Then off to dinner!
I love sushi…love sushi! So I picked a sushi restaurant, KanPai Sushi and made reservations. The staff was very nice and the restaurant itself was lovely. There are rave reviews for it on Google and Tripadvisor so maybe I had unrealistic expectations or maybe it had just been so long since I’d had sushi that I had built it up or maybe I was just too used to American sushi but the food itself was disappointing. The selection of rolls was a bit limited and seemed a little lacking in creativity. Kinda sad 😦 There’s plenty more sushi in Edinburgh, we’ll try somewhere new next time…
Anyway…the street party! We headed in just before 9pm and headed for the Scottish stage being pretty big fans of Gaelic folk music. The three bands that played were Breabach, Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson and singer-songwriter Eddi Reader. All three performances were great but Breabach really stood out for me, not only was their music phenomenal but they had a really cool, completely unpretentious vibe. Each played for about and hour with a short burst of fireworks in-between.
We stayed in the crowd and as people came and left we gradually moved to the very front for the last performance. They finished their set within a couple of minutes of midnight and the whole crowd counted down to a firework finale with Auld Lang Syne being sung in the background. Brilliant!