Burns Supper 2024

25th January 2024 | 6:30pm

Save the date! It will be a night to remember.


Mikeysline’s Burns Supper is proudly sponsored by:

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What's included?

Welcome Drink
Delicious Three-Course Meal
Highland Dancers from Cheryl Heggie School of Dance
Live Music from Rythmnreel
A chance to win and bid for fabulous prizes

Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness
Table of 10: £700
Individual tickets: £70 each


Our Speakers

Kenny Smith: Master of Ceremonies

Frontman and songwriter of the popular Highland folk rocker group Torridon, Kenny owns IRN Security and Macronstore Highlands in Inverness, and served as president of BNI Highland 2019-2020.

Willie Cameron: Immortal Memory

Founding director of the Cobbs Group, a thriving bakery and hospitality company, of Loch Ness Marketing and of Visit Loch Ness, Willie has been awarded Highland Tourism ambassador in 2005 and received The Silver Thistle by Visit Scotland in 2019. He is a board director of Highland Tourism CIC and is also on the board of HITA Tourism awards.

Linda Birnie: Toast to the Lads

Owner of  Thinking Space and part time Operations Manager at Mikeysline. Linda is committed to providing choices in personal development and learning that are tailored to individual needs, engaging, and fun. Linda believes that learning and development, at it’s best, is a pleasure and a source of joy, freedom, and growth. Learning and development are also good for our wellbeing. 

Liam Christie: Toast to the Lassies

Fundraising and sponsorship manager for the Inverness Castle Project at Highlife Highland and former Director of North Highland Events and Promotions Ltd. He has served a term of office as President and Chair of The Board of Inverness Chamber of Commerce and regularly hosts and MCs for charity fundraisers across the Highlands.

Yvonne Crook: My Heart is in the Highlands

Director of Good Highland Food Ltd., Owner of View Marketing and Chair of Highland Tourism (CIC), as well as worked as CEO of Inverness Caledonian Thistle Football Club. Yvonne has been voted in the top 100 women in tourism 2020 and has extensive experience as a strategic advisor, marketer and project manager.

Robert 'Rabbie' Burns

Born on the 25th of January 1759 to farming parents, Robert Burns grew to attain fame by the time he was 27 years old, going on to be Scotland’s most beloved poet. Not only was he known for his verse and love-songs, but also for his character, his high spirits, “kirk-defying’ ways, hard drinking and womanising! Regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, he also became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism.

Rabbie inherited his father’s farm in 1784, but this venture was not successful and he sank into debt, having also by then had two children by two different women. Trying to raise money to emigrate to Jamaica in 1786, Burns published his ‘Poems in the Scottish Dialect’ which was an immediate success. Marrying one of his paramours, the very forgiving Jean Armour who took on all of his children in 1788, he greeted the arrival of his eldest child with the poem ‘Welcome to the Bastard Wean”!

Burns died in July 1796 of rheumatic fever which he contracted after falling asleep outside in the rain after a particularly intense drinking session. The first Burns Supper was held when nine of his close friends got together to mark the fifth anniversary of the Poet’s death. The night included a tasty meal of haggis, recitals of Burns’ work and a speech in honour of their friend. The night was such a resounding success that the group decided to hold it again on the Bard’s birthday, beginning the tradition we still honour to this day.

Burns Supper Ambassador

Siobhan Mackenzie is a multi award-winning Scottish fashion designer.

Born and raised in The Black Isle in the Highlands of Scotland, her Highland heritage and Clan Mackenzie roots inspired her graduate collection and have remained a firm inspiration transcending throughout the brand. 

We are super excited to be partnering with Siobhan, our new Ambassador, for our Burns Supper event and many future events too. Stay tuned for another exciting announcement in the next few weeks.. 


A bit about Mikeysline

Mikeysline is an award-winning mental health and suicide prevention charity formed in 2015. We operate 365 days of the year, providing text-based support and 1:1 face-to-face support to people of all ages. We also operate a young person’s service, providing 11 support in schools as well as delivering workshops across school year groups on mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

In Scotland, 2 people lose their life each day to suicide. Scotland has the highest suicide rates in the UK and Highland has the highest suicide rate per capita. Over recent years, Mikeysline has seen a huge increase in people needing support. Fundraising events like this are so important as they ensure that we can continue to offer current levels of support, whilst also supporting the ongoing development and expansion of our face-to-face services into more areas of Highland.

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