Thinking of cosy November winter breaks in Scotland? Snuggle up in one of our many magical Highland log cabins. Settle by the fire with a good book in a historic lodge or country house. Or spoil yourself with Highland spa days and afternoon tea after a busy day Christmas Shopping. Inverness and Loch Ness come alive in November! So, you can enjoy cheap holidays full of excitement and celebration with a little less cost. Not only is it the beginning of festive celebrations in preparation for Christmas, but Bonfire Night in Scotland is a pretty big deal too! Enjoy an organised fireworks display and giant bonfire in Inverness with the locals. November escapes bring the promise of space and isolation in a beautiful landscape. Just remember to bring a warm coat and clothing! Temperatures drop to around 9°C during the day and 3°C at night.
Whether you’re looking to book a long weekend away in November or want a good holiday to explore the area, you’ve come to the right place. Our winter holiday accommodation options are plentiful. Come and explore our many attractions and places of interest in peace. See hidden gems around Loch Ness. Enjoy beauty spots such as the beautiful bridges and folly at Invermoriston. Hear old tales about Nessie, Jacobite sword sharpening before Culloden battle, and explore phenomenons such as the “preacher’s footprints“. You are in for a magical experience! So, it’s time to plan the perfect trip for you. We have a range of itineraries all ready for you to enjoy. Or tailor your own with some of our suggestions below.
Whether you choose to stay in Inverness, or around Loch Ness, you are well connected. All areas are accessible on a short trip by car, taxi or bus. You can explore the circumference of Loch Ness by road.
Or take to the Loch Ness 360° Trail for an 80-mile excursion off-road. This trail can be walked in part via 6 short sections, all with good public transport links. Or complete the walking trail in full over 5 or 6 days. Along the way, you are in for some wonderful surprises. Take in the views of Loch Ness from the north side. This offers the highest points of the trail. Stop for photos at Loch Tarff and Suidhue Viewpoint (accessible by car also). Then finish off with a pub meal and a dram at Dores Inn, on the tip of Loch Ness. Whatever you choose for your November Winter Breaks, in Scotland’s Highlands, you are sure to be spoilt.
Moving to the other side of our city of Inverness, we have plenty of historic sites and natural beauty spots for you to enjoy. Some perfect things to do in winter are included on our East of Inverness Heritage Trail. Here you can explore clan burial and war grounds at Culloden Battlefield. Walk into ancient cairns (burial chambers) at the magical Clava Cairns. Then head off for some history and dolphin spotting from the wonderful Fort George. On this trail, you can also enjoy a visit to beautiful Nairn Beach and explore the ancient Cawdor Castle.
Around Loch Ness and Inverness we are spoilt for ancient and historic castles. Four of our local castles are open year-round for you to enjoy. The most famous is Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness. These ancient castle ruins can be enjoyed on a tour, or by the waters of Loch Ness on a cruise or rib boat trip. North-east of Inverness, we have Cawdor Castle, still intact and with beautiful gardens. Then further north, on the North Coast 500 Route, Dunrobin Castle is a truly spectacular visit. Back in the city of Inverness, on the banks of the beautiful River Ness, you can climb the viewing tower of Inverness Castle, before taking a walk along the river to wonder the magical Ness Islands.
As you know, we are famous for our whisky distilleries and tours. So, why not pop along to Glen Ord, explore the stills and cellars. Enjoy a tasting, then purchase exclusive whiskies from their shop of goodies. Or enjoy a spot of photography whilst exploring magical beauty spots. Dog Falls is a particularly popular photography spot with influencers and bloggers in the region. Or on the South of Loch Ness, visit the wonderful Falls of Foyer, before warming up with a rather special lunch and delicious home-baked cakes at Cameron’s Tearoom.
After a busy day exploring, it’s time to settle in for a night of traditional music at Johny Foxes, MacGregor’s Bar or Hootananny. Alternatively, enjoy an evening of Scots storytelling and whisky tasking, or book in for a gastronomic delight. Inverness is home to many wonderful fine dining experiences. From the new Torrish Restaurant to the Mustard seed, Rocpool Restaurant, Rocpool Reserve and Riverhouse Restaurant. Or, head out of the city to Achnagairn Castle and enjoy dinner at Table Manors, a short distance from the Historic Wardlaw Mausoleum and the links golf course, Castle Stuart. Finally, no visit to the Highlands is complete without a stop at Leaky’s Bookshop. This is the perfect place to snuggle up in a “Harry Potter” setting with a good read by the log burner.FIND ACCOMMODATION
Read on for more information about things to do and see in Winter in the Scottish Highlands. Our Inverness and Loch Ness local guides for Winter Holidays in the Highlands will give you ideas of whats on. Or see our popular itineraries for day trips all organised for you.