If your travel plans for the next few months have been disrupted due to COVID-19, but you’re still keen to get away this year, we’ve put together a list of our top 5 winter break ideas in Scotland to hopefully inspire your next trip. Scotland is beautiful all year round, but there’s something particularly special about the winter months.
Christmas markets have become a fundamental part of the festive season all across the world. Many travellers choose to go on a winter/Christmas break purely for the markets. In Scotland, our Christmas markets are loved by locals and attract more tourists every year, with stalls popping up in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and even small towns. Although the Christmas markets tend to have a German or continental theme, you’ll still find a little Scottish twist, whether it be mulled Buckfast or Johnny Walker bothy bars. You can read a little bit more on how Christmas is celebrated in Scotland here.
The Great Outdoors
It may be a little chilly, but you’ll never taste anything more fresh or crisp than Scottish winter air. Whether it’s spotting the wildlife that only makes an appearance during these months, or simply taking in the scenery, there’s no better way to do it than making a trip to Loch Lomond and onwards to the Highlands. Even by night-time there is still much to see and do in the great Scottish outdoors, like stargazing at the Dark Sky Park in Galloway Forest Park or even hunting for the Northern Lights which can sometimes be seen in some parts of Scotland.
Thrill seekers needn’t look much further than Scotland, the ideal destination for a real fix of winter sports. From skiing and snowboarding, to hiking and dog sled safari, there’s a winter activity suited to all ages and abilities. Some of these sports can be done indoors too, in the likes of Snow Factor in Glasgow which features the UK’s longest indoor real snow slope. If you consider yourself a beginner, why not dedicate your winter break to advancing your skills? You won’t find a better opportunity anywhere else!
They say that there’s no better way to enjoy a dram of Scotch whisky than by the fire on a cold winter’s night. And it’s true – nothing heats you up like Scotch whisky, the ultimate winter warmer. In Scotland, there are over 120 active whisky distilleries that are spread across Campbeltown, Highland, Islay, Lowland and Speyside. Most distilleries offer tours and whisky tasting sessions that you could revolve an entire trip around. We highly recommend paying a visit to Glen Moray Distillery in Speyside or Bowmore Distillery on the isle of Islay.
There’s plenty of cultural festivals that take place throughout the winter months, from St. Andrew’s Day celebrations in November, to New Year’s Day in January, and not to mention the iconic Celtic Connections music festival. No matter the festival, each celebrates Scotland’s rich culture and heritage. If it’s not festivals, there’s a plethora of museums and castles that are open all year round too.
We know that many travel plans have come to a halt at the moment, but that doesn’t mean to say you can’t plan future adventures for when it’s safe to travel again! Best of Scotland Holidays is still working with our clients to help plan. Please get in touch today if you require our assistance, or you can check out our Winter Wonder break for some more inspiration.