The Scottish Highlands in Winter can be snowy. But one thing is for sure it will be cold. With temperatures between 0°C to 5°C, so wrap up warm and bring a winter jacket. But with this cold comes the beauty of frozen landscapes, nature foraging for food and calm across the countryside. A truly beautiful time of year to visit Scotland and the Highlands. Whatever you fancy, our Scottish winter breaks in the Highlands are the perfect place to unwind, relax and recentre.
Whatsmore, if you are looking for some top New Year’s resolutions, we have plenty to tick off your list! Get fit walking our trails, hills and glens. Try something new like dog sledding, Munro bagging or camera stalking. Or spend more time in the great outdoors with nature. In the Cairngorms, we have a reindeer centre where you can climb the hills to feed the herd. Or perhaps you might like to explore some heritage and history? A great place to start is our east heritage trail. Here you can see spectacles such as the Clava Cairns, Culloden Viaduct and Fort George. Or why not explore our historic Scottish castles.
Further, if you join us for a Scottish winter in January, you are set for a party. For January marks the birthday of historic Scots poet, Robert Burns. Every year on January 25th we get together to celebrate with a night of whisky, poems, bagpipes and “haggis, neeps and tatties”. But what is this? Haggis is a traditional scots meat dish; we have a delicious vegetarian haggis too! Neeps are turnips and tatties are potatoes. All cooked and mashed, sometimes with whisky sauce. Join in on the celebrations! Events are held all across Inverness and Loch Ness. Find out more about this Scots party and the best place to book your Burns Supper experience here.
In January we also have a range of exciting outdoor activities. Take part in the Strathpuffer 24-hour night bike race. Or at your own pace, winter is a beautiful time to take advantage of our trails. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the Great Glen Way, Loch Ness 360° Trail, Affric Kintail Way, the Caledonia Way and Caledonian Canal all on our doorstep. Not to mention Glen Affric, where you can visit the spectacular Dog Falls on a short walk. Or Glen Strathfarrar, for your choice of Munro’s and wildlife. On the South Side of Loch Ness, you can enjoy an unspoilt landscape and Highland Cows. Visit the beautiful Loch Tarff and spectacular Suidhue Viewpoint, then head to our wonderful Foyer Falls.
If you are wondering where is best to stay for your winter holidays, we have plenty of winter holiday accommodation for you to choose from. From quality hotels, with all the facilities you need. To luxury 5-star hotels in Inverness with fine dining restaurants. Or perhaps our B&B’s, hostels and even floating hotels! Escape to the forests, hillsides and banks of Loch Ness to one of our many quality self-catering accommodations. And wake up to misty glens from your log cabin or the lapping shores of Loch Ness by your glamping pod. Or maybe the magical sounds of birdsong in a forest home from home.
Explore our local guides on things to do and enjoy in the Autumn in the Highlands. We also have an abundance of Visitor Attractions perfect to explore during your Autumn Holidays.