Loch Ness is famous for its whisky. So where better to warm up than with a visit to a distillery? There’s plenty to choose from. One of our favourites is the Glen Ord Distillery, open in winter until 4 pm. But whisky isn’t all the highlands are famous for. Read on for some ideas for you’re December winter breaks in Scotland.
Firstly, we have some of the most magical places to stay, here in the Highlands. From Eagle Brae’s wilderness log cabin resort, where you can snuggle by log fires hidden in up in the glens. All whilst watching wild deer roam around your cabin! Or Foyers Lodge, on the wild South banks of Loch Ness. Here you can sit by the open fire with a dram and a good book in a stunning historic Scots building. Or perhaps you’d choose to live like gentry in a country house hotel. Whatever your style, whatever your needs, we have the perfect accommodation for you. Whatsmore, it’s only an hours drive from Inverness to the furthest tip of Loch Ness, at Fort Augustus. So don’t worry about getting there. Simply pick the perfect location for you.
Winter in the Highlands of Scotland is far from bleak. Inverness comes alive with festivities designed to get you into a festive mood! If travelling with kids, why not book a Christmas party with Santa? Each year, the Kingsmill Hotel holds Christmas Afternoon Teas and Christmas parties with Santa. The city also hosts plenty of Christmas parties, discos and dining, full of festive spirit. Or you can enjoy our Winter Wonderlands, bursting to the brim with Christmas fun, complete with Santa and his reindeer! And at Eden Court Theatre you can pop along for some panto fun. A fun day out for all! Oh yes, it is! Travelling without kids? You’d be surprised how many of our attractions and activities are open in December. Plus we have wonderful shopping for Scottish Christmas gifts.
In Inverness city, you will enjoy all the expected high street brands in our Eastgate shopping centre. Whilst on the high street and in our Victorian market you will find some hidden gems. But head further afield on a day trip around Loch Ness for some wonderful finds. Here you are sure to pick up some special Christmas presents in some fabulous Scottish country shops. The newly opened An Talla in Drumnadrochit hosts high-end Scottish delights and handcrafted specialities. Whilst, further along in Beauly you will find Campbell’s tweeds, cashmere and Scottish country wear. Here you may rub shoulders with Royalty and some of Lonon’s elite. All around Loch Ness you can enjoy gift shops and boutiques. From Fort Augustus to Loch Ness Shores. To Cameron’s Tea Room to Loch Ness Spirits. You will be truly spoilt for special Christmas gifts.
December Breaks in the Scottish Highlands are delicious! Inverness enjoys your expected city restaurants, cafes and some wonderful Scottish inns. But, if you are looking for something a little different; high-quality Scottish food that is both local and delicious, then the Highlands has this too. Enjoy a view over Inverness from the Contrast, or the Kitchen Brasserie which has a terrace, heated in winter. The Rocpool Reserve is another highly rated fine dining restaurant in Inverness, open year-round. It offers you a taste of modern Scottish gourmet cuisine set in a Georgian mansion. Whatever your taste, you are spoiled for choice with places to eat here in the Highlands. You can take a look at some of our favourites here.
Explore our ready-made itineraries for day trips already planned for you. Or pick from our Winter guides below to find out what’s on and what’s not to be missed on your perfect Winter Holidays in Scotland’s Highlands.