New Year breaks in Scotland
Even the idea of a New Year break in Scotland has something magical attached to it. No part of the UK has the beauty of Scotland with the glacially shaped islands and highlands providing some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Edinburgh provides one of the world’s most famous New Year’s celebrations while Glasgow is a hive of culture and fantastic parties.
New Year Holidays in ScotlandScotland is in many ways the home of modern New Year’s celebrations and many of our biggest end of year traditions stem from Scotland’s history and culture. The singing of Auld Lang Syne is world renowned as having a home in Scotland but did you know that New Year’s resolutions originate in Scotland. In Scotland New Year is more commonly known as Hogmanay and Scottish hospitality and traditions are warm and welcoming; making a New Year’s break in Scotland absolutely incredible.
New Year Breaks in Edinburgh
Edinburgh is one of the most exciting New Year’s destinations in the world thanks to the incredible street party on offer and the incredible fireworks display that plays out over Edinburgh castle on the stroke of midnight. The street party spreads throughout and you can join in the night long celebrations or head to the volcanic hilltop of Arthur’s Seat providing a fantastic vantage point to view the fireworks and join the locals celebrating. Singing Auld Land Syne the traditional way surrounded by thousands of revellers is a fantastic and you can’t get a warmer and more welcome atmosphere anywhere in the world. Celebrations in Edinburgh start on the 29th of December with a parade up to Calton Hill with the burning of a wicker man and you can enjoy a fantastic atmosphere throughout the whole of your stay. On New Year’s day you can stroll down Princes Street and enjoy the incredible shopping on offer or simply relax and enjoy Edinburgh’s historical, culinary and cultural offerings.
New Year Breaks in Glasgow
While Edinburgh tends to take the limelight you shouldn’t underestimate New Year’s celebrations in Glasgow. Throughout the city there are raucous street parties, lively bars and fantastic restaurants. However, the highlights of a New Year spent in Glasgow are the family entertainments with the Ice Rink and curling competitions in George Square and the Irn Bru Carnival running over the 31st and the 1st. Throughout the city you can find a plethora of traditional entertainments and lively night’s out and in the days you can enjoy famous Glaswegian culture and history; from the Tall Ship to the Science Museum and from the Titan Clydebank Shipping crane with its incredible views to the sterling St. Andrew’s cathedral. Glasgow is a wonderful city and a great place to spend your New Year in Scotland.
New Year Breaks in The Highlands
If you want to celebrate New Year in Scotland away from the hustle and bustle of the cities then the Highlands are an incredible place to consider. The Lochs, forests, rivers and glacially shaped landscapes provide one of the most beautiful winter settings in the world and the perfect place to see in the New Year. Whether you want to visit the local pub for a few drams, sit in front of a warm fire in your cottage surrounded by friends or families or sit outside gazing at the stars and the beautiful scenery, a New Year in the Scottish highlands offers it all. You can stay alongside beautiful Loch Ness or at the foot of one of Scotland’s most beautiful mountains spending your day’s hiking and exploring the beautiful surroundings or relaxing in a beautiful cottage.
New Year Breaks on the Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye is one of the most popular destinations in Scotland thanks to its isolation, beauty and the incredible local atmosphere throughout the island. For New Year’s celebrations in Scotland you can’t get much finer with beautiful mountains and incredible views out across the Atlantic Ocean. The scenery is spectacular with the Quiraing, the Cuillin and the Old Man of Storr being some of the highlights. The history and the culture on offer is also fantastic with the museum of Skye life and the beautiful towns of Portree and Dunvegan being fantastic places to spend the New Year. New Year’s Eve is a relaxed night for the Isle of Skye but there are great live entertainments on offer and some raucous singing of Auld Lang Syne come midnight; though you may just want to be curled up in front of your fire sipping wine with friends!