No other city in the world can boast a New Year's celebration that rivals Edinburgh's Hogmanay. It's a globally renowned event and one that sees tens of thousands of people descend unto the capital's streets to take part in the mother of all parties - brimming with flamboyance, festivity and, of course, fireworks.
For those of you who are keen to experience the magic of Hogmanay in warmer surroundings than the streets of Edinburgh, here's our pick of the five very best venues that will be welcoming 2015 with a bang.
Auditorium Hogmanay Hoolie at the Ghillie Dhu
This is the ultimate Hogmanay shindig for those keen to show off their ceilidh dancing skills. Get things started with a glass of Champagne before enjoying a seven-course traditional Scottish banquet. When it's time for the bells, more Champagne will be served as you watch the fireworks from the Ghillie Dhu's prime viewing location, before returning to the auditorium for mini steak pies. Open until 5am, it's the perfect excuse to party all night long.
Twenty Princes Street Grill & Smokehouse
For those looking to celebrate the night in a more contemporary fashion, the award-winning Twenty Princes Street Grill & Smokehouse is the place to be. This sleek and smouldering Victorian venue hosts a locally-sourced seven-course dinner courtesy of Executive Chef, Tony Starton, complete with an individually paired cocktail tasting menu. Later, enjoy the fireworks display in comfort from behind their renowned picture windows facing right onto Edinburgh Castle.
Heights Restaurant at the Apex International Hotel
Offering panoramic views of Edinburgh Castle from the heart of the historic Grassmarket, the Heights Restaurant at the Apex International Hotel is a great place to say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015. Enjoy a glass of Prosecco on arrival before sitting down to a delectable five-course dinner followed by coffee and tablet. At midnight, a Scottish piper will play as you watch Edinburgh Castle's world-renowned fireworks display.
Hogmanay 2014 at Harvey Nichols
Hosted from atop one of Edinburgh's most luxurious venues, Harvey Nichols hosts a black-tie event which will see you start 2015 in the most stylish of fashions. Begin your evening with a glass of Champagne before experiencing Executive Chef Stuart Main's luxury five-course dinner with paired wines. Live music and dancing will follow before more Champagne is served to celebrate the bells and watch the fireworks from Harvey Nichols' enviable vantage point. The party is guaranteed to go on well into the night.
The Caledonian Hogmanay Ball
Guaranteed to be a show-stopping event, Hogmanay at The Caledonian by Waldorf Astoria will start with Champagne and canapés on arrival, followed by an exquisite five-course dinner, including a nip of whisky to address the haggis. Later, celebrate the bells and fireworks from the comfort of this spectacular venue, before dancing the night away to the tune of a live band and DJ.