Imagine curled up in front of a roaring fire with your loved one as the snow silently carpets the ground outside a crisp, sparkling white. Romantic? Of course!

Where better to experience that warm winter feeling than on a winter break in Scotland. Here are 5 reasons to visit Scotland in winter.

 

A ROARING FIRE AND A WEE DRAM

Let’s not delay proceedings… after a bracing walk or a day of slaloming down the slopes, there’s nothing better than a winter warmer or whisky in front of a roaring fire.

Whisky in front of a roaring fire

Duchally Country Estate’s cosy Whisky Bar is just the place to indulge in a wee dram. Appointed “Whisky Embassy” under the Scotlandwhisky scheme, it has more than 50 whiskies to tantalise the taste buds.

 

EXPERIENCE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

There’s no need to travel to the Arctic Circle, rural Scotland has limited light pollution and is a great location to witness nature’s amazing light display.

Experience the northern lights

Enjoy the wondrous greens, lilacs and blues that cover the night sky – Mother Nature’s very own firework display –from the Perthshire countryside. Huddle up on your Duchally lodge balcony and watch nature’s spectacular show.

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

 

SKIING

Winter sports enthusiasts won’t be disappointed with the range of ski and snowboard centres in the picturesque scenery of the Scottish Highlands. The Lecht is excellent for beginners while Glenshee is home to Scotland’s steepest black run – The Tiger.

Skiing

Cairngorm has a great lift network and funicular; Glencoe and the Nevis range have superb variety from beginner to advanced levels.

 

HOGMANAY

Heralding the New Year in Scotland is an event to be experienced at least once in a lifetime. Hogmanay in Edinburgh recently made it onto Discovery Channel – Top 25 World Travel Experiences, the only festival to do so.

Hogmanay

From bagpipes to fireworks, first footing and choruses of Auld Lang Syne as the bell strikes midnight, no-one welcomes in the New Year quite like the Scots.

 

BURN’S NIGHT

You’ll just have recovered from Hogmanay when it’s time to celebrate 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.

Burn's night

Read at the supper, Burns’ poem– Address tae the Haggis – is dedicated to its wonder. The dish is ceremoniously borne into the dining room accompanied by a piper, the poem dramatically recited, the haggis cut and whisky downed. After that there’s nothing stopping an evening of merriment and dancing.

 

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. Make Duchally Country Estate your preferred accommodation as you enjoy time in Scotland.