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Winter Holidays Are The Best

Highland Winter Breaks in Scotland

We love winter breaks in Scotland! The Scottish Highlands in winter is a truly magical place. Step into a wonderful world of fluffy snow, glistening ice and magnificent wintry landscapes, as you explore the Inverness and Loch Ness area. So, wrap up warm, pack your camera and get ready to take in the sights!

Spectacular Winter Scenery

Picture Postcard Views


The vast lochs and undulating hills are one of the main attractions in the Scottish Highlands. At the centre of the Highlands is Loch Ness. This huge lake is overlooked by the ancient ruins of Urquhart Castle. Here, you can take a stroll on the banks of the loch and soak up the magnificent natural landscapes. Go walking through ancient pine forests, driving through winding glens, or watch cascading waterfalls flow into rushing rivers. This remote region of unspoilt wilderness is a winter wonderland. So, explore it with your family or friends and prepare to be enchanted.

Scotland’s Winter Wildlife

Meet The Locals

Be amazed…

The Scottish Highlands are abundant with diverse wildlife, even through the coldest winter months. You’ll see red squirrels scurrying along the branches of conifer trees, using their bushy tails to balance. Then, if you’re extremely lucky, you’ll see capercaillies, a shy bird which is hard to spot, despite being the size of a turkey. While walking by the water, you might see seals lying on sandy shores, dolphins jumping in Moray Firth and otters scampering along riverbanks. Then, be amazed by a sighting of a herd of spectacular red deer galloping through the Scottish hills. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars to get a better view of swooping eagles or ospreys nesting with their offspring.

Winter Activities and Attractions

Highland Adventures


There are plenty of ways to keep active during winter holidays in Scotland. With mountainous terrain and cold temperatures, it’s playground for snow lovers.

If you’re looking to ski in Scotland, you’ll find perfect conditions in the Highlands. So, whether you’re a pro or a beginner, choose from the Cairngorm Mountains, Nevis Range, Glenshee and the Lecht, and Glenco.

If you’re looking for slower-paced activities, why not try snow-shoeing? Strap on some snow shoes and explore the vast snowy landscapes of the Highlands on foot. You can book a guided tour and go trekking through the northern Cairngorms or dense forests. This is one of the best ways to experience the magical remote and tranquil environment of the Scottish Highlands.

Or, try dog-sledding. Sit back and take in the snowy landscapes as you’re whisked along the tracks by huskies or hounds. You can book a sled dog safari, or meet the dogs at sledding centres. Also, the Scottish Highlands’ hosts dog-sledding rallies where thousands of animals race through the forests and mountains. A popular winter spectacle.

Christmas in the Scottish Highlands

Spending Christmas in Scotland

Festive fun…

If you’re looking for romantic, Christmassy scenes of snowcapped mountains, icy lochs and trees white with frost, then visit the Highlands this festive season.

Enjoy the sparkling Christmas lights and festivities in Inverness city centre. Here, you can start your Christmas shopping at the Victorian Market. Or, catch a traditional panto at the Eden Court Theatre.

Then, cosy up in front of a warm fire with a hot chocolate or mulled wine, and enjoy the breathtaking Highland views. A merry Christmas indeed!

Come and visit!

So, if you love landscapes dusted with snow, friendly locals, and a region that is rich in history and nature, winter is a glorious time to visit the Scottish Highlands. On winter breaks in Scotland, you’ll discover our region’s fascinating attractions, meet the local wildlife and have the holiday of a lifetime!

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