Take a trip to a Scottish winter wonderland where tradition, nature, and warm hospitality create an enchanting tapestry of things to discover. As the temperature drops and frost begins to appear, there is a host of activities and events you’ll love. The Scots know how to make the most of their winter days!
As temperatures drop and Scotland’s breathtaking landscapes shimmer in the winter sun, there’s nothing quite like a revitalizing winter stroll to immerse yourself in the surrounding winter wonderland. Experience the enchanting sight of snow-clad hills, breathe in the invigorating crisp air, and delight in the satisfying crunch of frost beneath your feet. And after your adventure, indulge in a cozy hot chocolate as the perfect way to thaw out back at your base.
Sports and activities
Low temperatures are not an excuse for being lazy, especially when there are so many leisure centres that offer dozens of fun activities for the whole family. Have you considered wall climbing? Do you prefer a nice swim instead? Either way, the McLaren Centre, The Peak and Perth Leisure Centre can give you a wide range of options to pick from.
The night skies off Scotland brings a spectacle above to rival that of the picturesque colours and contours below, with constellations unfolding across the vast expanse of inky dark to fire the imagination.
Scotland’s skies occasionally unveil a stunning surprise: the Northern Lights. While these captivating celestial displays are more common in higher latitudes, Scotland’s northern regions offer occasional glimpses of this natural spectacle. On select nights, vibrant shades of green, pink, and purple paint the sky, adding a touch of magic to the rugged landscapes. Catching a sight of the Aurora Borealis here relies on chance due to Scotland’s unpredictable weather. But when the stars align, witnessing this cosmic show becomes an unforgettable experience.
Other outdoor night activities
The short sunlight hours only make outdoor activities more interesting: night kayak trips are perfect for stargazing, and if you are looking for a thrill, why not jump under a pitch black sky at Highland Fling Bungee?
Winter Wildlife spotting
It is still a great time to travel, not only for the peace and quiet but also because of the Scottish wildlife you can spot. Red deer, mountain hares, red squirrels, Golden Eagles, Ptarmigan (a bird that changes its feathers to white in winter to blend into the snowy environment), Snow Bunting (a small bird, often seen in flocks, is well-adapted to winter conditions, Peregrine Falcons, otters, Whooper Swans, foxes and badgers (though they are nocturnal!).
Christmas markets and fairs
Tis the season to be jolly, so wear your fuzziest jumper, your warmest scarf and follow the smell of gingerbread. Edinburgh’s Christmas Markets are the most famous for sure, but do not underestimate the charm of all the smaller, less crowded local fairs like the ones in Perth, Stirling, Crieff and Comrie.
There is nothing better than a great play on a cold winter night. Pick your favourite between live events or screenings at the local cinemas (many of them also participate in the National Theatre Live initiative, like Vue cinemas, The MacRoberts Centre, Perth Playhouse).
Spa days offer an enchanting retreat from the chilly winds and icy days.