So many first-time visitors to Scotland plan their trip here in the peak of summer. With the promise of blue skies, warm weather and sun-drenched mountain views, summer is a very popular time to explore this chilly part of the world. But we believe that those who discount Scotland in winter are seriously missing out. Towns and cities are alive with whisky drinkers at this time of year, and the Highlands is dreamy with its atmospheric views. If you don’t know already, sunshine is simply not required for Scotland’s dramatic landscapes.
So wrap up warm and head out into the Scottish Highlands for an unforgettable vacation this winter. Here’s what you’ll find…
Magical Winter Walks
If you want countryside vistas with atmosphere, lakes covered in fog or mountains dusted with snow, winter is a wonderful time of year to travel to the Highlands. As long as you pack a waterproof, some warm layers and some good walking boots, you’ll be protected against the elements.
Some of the best winter hikes include Loch Morlich in Cairngorms National Park, Buachaille Etive Mòr in Glencoe and Ben Lomond in Trossachs. We can also help guests with guided walks around our stunning location near Fort William.
Seasonal Food and Fine Dining
The Highlands is big on gastronomy, and at the heart of every kitchen is a passion for organic, seasonal ingredients. You don’t have to go far to find a top gastropub serving up the best comfort dishes. You’ll also find some great spots for fine dining, including a number of Michelin establishments where there are tasting menus aplenty to choose from.
At Corrour Lodge, we also take our food very seriously, offering world-class and locally sourced menus to make your stay as luxurious and authentic as can be.
Whisky Tasting Experiences
Whisky fans flock to Scotland every year, and the Highlands is the country’s largest whisky producing area, covering a huge land mass from Glasgow and the Clyde estuary to Thurso in the far north, as well as the east and west regions. Many of the best distilleries are open all year round for tours and tastings. But you’ll also find that many good bars and pubs stock fine whiskies, meaning you can warm up by the fire with a good drink after a long walk.
Also a part of the Highlands whisky region is the Islands, where the typical flavors tend to be smoky with peaty undertones.
The Festive Season
Arrive in December to experience the Highlands at its most festive. While the capital is also a very popular destination, towns such as Fort William completely transform the High Street for Christmas. The Christmas lights switch-on event is magical to watch, there are plenty of family-friendly attractions, and the shops all have amazing window displays.
The best Christmas Market in the Highland is in Inverness, but you’ll find many smaller markets dotted around too. The Oban Winter Festival is also not to be missed either, particularly if you’re interested in local food and drink.
Find out more about the wonderful winter activities you can enjoy at Corrour Lodge.