Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face

Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face roughly translated means Fair luck to you, with your honest, jolly face.

Well we have all survived the excesses of the festive period and just as we begin to think there might be something in this dryJanuary trend suddenly we look at the diary and there’s Burns’ Day on 25th January to save us!

Robert Burns brought us some wonderful poems the best known being ‘A Red Red Rose’ ; ‘Ae Fond Kiss’; Scots Wha Hae; and of course ‘Auld Lang Syne’.

So Burns’ day is when we, as a nation, celebrate the poet’s birthday, traditionally with a haggis dinner. At formal dinners the haggis will be paraded around the room before being carved to a recital of the poem ‘To A Haggis’ – although not necessarily all 8 verses -then of course the toast preferably with your favourite Scotch whisky. Many other poems may well be recited over the evening including Tam O’Shanter a cautionary tale of the dangers of drinking to excess! www.robertburns.org.

Burns’ was born in Alloway near Ayr in 1759 and visited Elgin at the height of his popularity in 1787 on a Highland Tour where he also visited the 400 year old Brodie Castle www.nts.org.uk/Visit/Brodie-Castle. His visit to Elgin is commemorated with a bench on the top of Ladyhill, the site of Elgin Castle (now a ruin) www.elginheritage.scot

So why not follow Rabbie’s example and take a tour around Moray, if you travel with Ace Taxis we can guarantee that it will be a lot more comfortable then in the Bard’s day and who knows it may inspire you to write a song or two.