Loch Ness and Inverness make the perfect destination all year round, but winter in the Highlands offers some amazing experiences that you simply wonâ€™t get elsewhere!
1: No Leaves on the Trees Means Amazing Views over the Loch
Once the autumn has done its job on the shores of Loch Ness, visitors to the area can really get some amazing views out over the water. Whereas summer visitors get glimpses between the trees, in the winter the waters of Loch Ness are really exposed for your enjoyment – perfect for a road trip around the length of the loch!
Don’t forget to plan some stops along the way to enjoy all the best that the area has to offer – heading out on the A82 think the Loch Ness Centre or Nessieland for the kids, the Benleva Hotel and Loch Ness Brewery for the grown ups (don’t worry, you can buy now drink later so as not to disappoint designated drivers!) Fort Augustus for the Caledonian Canal lock flight and choice of lovely lunches and then a leg stretching stop at the Falls of Foyers
2: Whisky comes into its own in the Winter!
You’ve never truly experienced the joy of a dram warming its way down until you’ve ‘tak a cup’ after coming in from the cold! Whether you enjoy a tour at the Tomatin distillery or simply want to sip while soaking up the atmosphere at one of our amazing inns – the winter will really bring out the wonder in our whiskies!
3: Winter in the Highlands is Inspirational!
Whatever your creative passion, be it photography, painting, writing or filmmaking, we defy you to spend time in Inverness and Loch Ness and not be filled with exciting ideas. The amazing scenery and laid back lifestyle we enjoy is very conducive to creativity (there is a reason why we are home to Scotland’s Creative Writing Centre Moniack Mhor) So, if you are looking to kickstart that bucket list project, this is the place to start!
4: We’ve Got Pine Trees, and Real Fires and Snow, lots and lots of Snow (usually)
Go on, admit it, these are the elements of your perfect winter break! Just throw in a loved one, favourite pet and holiday jumper and we have pretty much achieved perfection. Book now to join us in a winter wonderland!
5: There’s nothing like Hogmanay in the Highlands
The Highlands are the spiritual home of Hogmanay, and a place where the traditional roots of this New Year’s Festival run deep and wide. Head to Inverness’ Northern Meeting Park for the huge FREE (and family friendly!) Red Hot Highland Fling – an open air party with traditional music, pipes, dancing and drums and one of the best atmospheres in the country – or choose a village venue around the shores of the loch and join locals as they ceilidh the night away in traditional style at our Highland halls and hostelries.