As the nights draw in, we put on our winter woollies and brace ourselves for snow but the romantic feeling that winter also brings, warms us up.

Crisp, star-filled nights curled up in front of a roaring log fire with a loved one is a romantic ideal that you can easily achieve with a Scottish holiday. Free yourself from any sense of impending doom and get excited about winter in Scotland.

Here are 5 reasons why Scotland in the winter is a wonderful place to take a break.

Experience the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)

Rural Scotland with its limited light pollution is just the place to witness nature’s amazing light display. The wondrous greens, lilacs and blues that cover the night sky – Mother Nature’s very own firework display – can be enjoyed from the Perthshire countryside and CLC Duchally Country Estate is the ideal base from which to experience this marvel.

For predictions on where and when the Northern Lights are at their best, go to Lancashire University’s free website

Skiing

Scotland may not have the dramatic scenery of the Alps but there are still plentiful slopes to suit all skill levels. The Lecht is excellent for beginners while Glenshee is home to Scotland’s steepest black run – The Tiger. Cairngorm has a great lift network and funicular; Glencoe and the Nevis range have superb variety from beginner to advanced levels.

For up-to-date information on snow and ski conditions visit www.visitscotland.com/see-do/active/skiing-snowsports/conditions

A wee dram in front of a roaring fire

Here’s the romantic bit… after a bracing walk or a day of speeding down the slopes, there’s nothing better than a winter warmer or whisky in front of a roaring fire.

CLC Duchally Country Estate’s cosy Whisky Bar offers just the place to warm the bones. Appointed “Whisky Embassy” under the Scotlandwhisky scheme, it has more than 50 whiskies to tantalise the taste buds.

Hogmanay

Heralding the New Year in Scotland is an event to be experienced at least once in a lifetime.  From bagpipes to fireworks, first footing and lusty renditions of Auld Lang Syne, no-one welcomes in the New Year quite like the Scots.

There are parties and events across Scotland, so there’s no excuse not to join in.

Burn’s Night


A mere three weeks after Hogmanay it’s time for another quintessential Scottish event – Burn’s Night. Held on the 25th January to celebrate the birth of Scotland’s National poet, Robert Burns, the Burn’s Supper incorporates his poetry and another Scottish tradition – haggis.

The haggis is much beloved by the Scots, so much so that Burns wrote a poem dedicated to its wonder – Address tae the Haggis. This is recited at the supper with the ceremonial cutting of the dish and downing of whisky by men in kilt.  After the semi-serious element it’s all go for an evening of merriment and dancing. Watch this video for a taste of Burn’s Night ceremony.

Whether you want to experience the natural wonders of Scotland, enjoy a winter sport or take part in one of the traditional events, winter in Scotland is a fun-filled experience.

For more information on CLC Duchally Country Estates, go to www.Duchally.co.uk