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Cheap Winter Holidays

January Winter Getaways in Scotland! What better New Year’s resolution to make than to finally take that magical trip to the Scottish Highlands. With the promise of snow to come (if it’s not already here). The calm and quiet after the festivities of December’s Christmas holidays. And the excitement of a fresh start… with plenty of fresh air!

When Will It Snow In Scotland

Step into Narnia! Wondering when will it snow in Scotland? January and February are often white with snow. A true white winter wonderland! Here you can enjoy spectacular white vistas across the Highland glens whilst snuggled up by a warm fire. Find the perfect accommodation for you. And no need to worry about transport. Our roads and transport links are still accessible in winter, so you can explore in comfort. Time to tuck yourself away for some winter activities in Scotland?

The Scottish Highlands in Winter

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.

A herd of Highland cows on a frosty moorland

January Winter Getaways in Scotland

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.

A Visit Britain photo of bottles of Scottish whisky on a shelf in a Scottish Bar

Burns Supper Celebrations

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.

A drone photo of Loch Ness and it's surroundings covered in snow in winter

Scottish Winter Activities

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.

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Winter Holiday Accommodation

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.

Things to do in Inverness

If it’s relaxation holidays to escape the stresses of life you are after, then we have plenty to do for those wanting to while the day away in peace. If you like reading, or are an avid Harry Potter fan, you must take a visit to Leakey’s Bookshop. Or book yourself on to a spa day or for a relaxing afternoon tea with prosecco, at one of the city’s many providers. Inverness is also well known for its fine dining scene and quality restaurants. We have lots of places for you to sit an relax and while the day away.

Things to do Loch Ness

If you want to travel out of our little city and explore the beautiful landscapes, glens and banks of Loch Ness, we have some wonderful cafes and tearooms to keep you well fed. Most enjoy Scot’s gift shops and wears for you to peruse. We would highly recommend a whisky tour of Glen Ord Distillery. A wonderful experience for whisky lovers and beginners alike. Or take to the waters on a cruise or rib boat ride to Urquhart Castle. Loch Ness can be explored on a day trip, or two to make the most of it. Most attractions are open year-round. And you will find plenty of cosy pubs with open fires to warm up in with a good meal too. So, join us for a holiday full of wonderful experiences! January Winter Getaways in Scotland don’t get much better than here.


Explore our Autumn blogs

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.

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