Christmas Breaks in the Highlands: What to look forward to this Festive Season

Scotland doesn’t get much more magical than when you go on Christmas breaks in the Highlands! The Scottish Highlands are special all year round, but they take on a special feeling around Christmas. It is truly magical in the city of Inverness with canopies of Christmas lights creating a cosy feel over some of the city’s oldest streets. The often-photographed nearby River Ness, with its tree-lined paths, has an added bonus during the winter months. It has thousands of tiny twinkling lights brightening up the beautiful trees. Quite an amazing sight to see!

Country Cottages in the Highlands

What’s more, in the magnificent surrounding countryside, the hills are often covered with a light dusting of snow and the lochs begin to freeze over. Glen Affric, often described as ‘the most beautiful Glen in Scotland’ has one of the last pockets of ancient Caledonian Forest in Scotland and is home to a variety of wildlife. Stay in one of our cosy Highland country cottages to really make the most of our spectacular scenery. Or enjoy one of our cheap Christmas breaks in one of our many quality bed and breakfasts in Inverness.

Inverness Tours, Boat Trips and Scottish Walks

For those who like to venture out, come and enjoy our many walks, Inverness boat trips and many outdoor activities. For the cycling enthusiasts, the great Caledonian Way is an amazing ride. It goes from Campbelltown all the way to Inverness. A stunning route in the crisp winter weather. What’s more, you can be sure to be rewarded with a visit to one of the many fine Inverness hotels.

Winter is an amazing time to go on the Loch Ness 360° route. This is a route which goes along the whole circumference of Loch Ness. It takes you to popular areas like Urquhart Castle,  and beautiful spots off the beaten track like Foyers. Remember to wrap up warm, take some binoculars for the wildlife (including sightings of a certain large water-dwelling creature!) and enjoy Scotland’s crisp, fresh air.

One of the best ways to take in Loch Ness’ immense scale is on the water itself. Take advantage of some winter boat cruises on the loch to see it like never before. Some even offer sonar to detect any mysterious shapes under the surface! Go in a group or charter a vessel to explore one of the most written about and mysterious bodies of water in the world.

If you are looking to experience the Highlands on a bike, then there are loads of amazing cycle routes to take. As well as the Loch Ness 360 route, there are plenty of spellbinding trails you can explore. These include the Great Glen Way and the South Loch Ness Trail.

We have stunning Scottish restaurants, providing you with a warm Highland welcome, many with warm glowing fires. Here you can be sure to enjoy a mulled wine and mince pie. Or hit the spot with a scrumptious an afternoon tea to warm you up.

A Red Squirrel in the snow

The Wildest of Wildlife

Winter is the time of year when we want to snuggle up with a dram.  Christmas in the highlands, however, is a brilliant time to get outdoors and discover amazing wildlife. It’s a great time to try and spot all the “reds” – Red Deer, Red Kite and Red Squirrel! Keep your eyes peeled!

Distilleries in Scotland

For something a wee bit different, we recommend you take a tour of one of our Highland distilleries and sample a dram or two on a cold winter’s day. They offer super Whisky distillery tours and tasting sessions, with a chance to pick up a memento to take home with you.

Enjoy A Scottish Christmas

There are plenty of warm, friendly and fine establishments to eat, drink and stay in. Should you wish to enjoy a traditional Scottish Christmas experience in the setting of the lovely Highlands, Inverness and Loch Ness is the perfect place for you. With luxury Scottish Hotels, some with spas and swimming pools, Guest Houses, Self-Catering Lodges, self-catering lodges, Hostels and homely Caravan parks to suit whatever size of group and budget.

So, go ahead and treat yourself to an extra special Christmas present this year. A well-deserved holiday in the Highlands with all the family. You’ll be sure to enjoy all the wonderful Scottish experiences that Christmas breaks in the Highlands have to offer.