Cookie information: We love cookies - you can dunk them in your tea!
This website may put "tracking cookies" on your computer to help us improve your experience on our website, to analyse its performance and to allow us to promote the website. You can find out more in our privacy policy. Unfortunately you can't eat our tracking cookies but you can set your web browser to stop them downloading to your computer or you can just delete them from your computer. Here's a good recipe for cookies that you can dunk in your tea!

(This message is only intended to appear the first time you visit and then at six month intervals)


Hotels near the Stonehaven Fireball Festival

Find and book hotels



Need 4 rooms or more?
Please call us.

Click for information - opens in new window

Click for information - opens in new window

Click for information - opens in new window

I have a





Our little web men are running around to find you the perfect break Did you know....all Best Western hotels have FREE internet!
Please Wait loading

Stonehaven Fireball Festival

Every New Year at midnight, Hogmanay celebrations in Stonehaven feature a large, fireball-swinging procession up and down the High Street. At the end (00.25) the flaming orbs are thrown into the sea at the harbour, followed by a five-minute fireworks display.

With 45 local marchers all whirling balls of fire of assorted weights and sizes above their heads on the end of long wire handles, the parade makes an impressive and faintly terrifying spectacle.

While its origins are lost in the mists of time, the ceremony was already going in 1853. It is one of only a few fire festivals/ceremonies left in Scotland and could have started as a purification rite, warding off evil spirits, or as a sun-worshiping tradition, with the fireball representing the sun. Organisers now expect 10-12,000 spectators.

Stonehaven Fireball Ceremony (31 December 2007). © Stonehaven Fireball Association

Stonehaven Fireball Festival Information

When: Dec 2013 (annual)

Where: Stonehaven

Cost: Free

Opening Hours: Midnight

Address: Stonehaven

Hotels near Stonehaven

Content provided by Frommers Unlimited, copyright © 2012: Whatsonwhen Ltd, John Wiley & Sons, Inc
Connect with us
The World's Biggest Hotel Family ®
Each Best Western ® branded hotel is independently owned and operated. © 2002 - 2012 Best Western International, Inc. All rights reserved 2015
© 2012 TripAdvisor LLC. All rights reserved