I’ve said this before and I’ll say it, again: Scotland is a beautiful country. It just has so many landmarks, landscapes and other features that make it well worth the trip. If you are even considering visiting Scotland, rest assured that you will have a great time.
Regardless of when you visit, there is always something to do. However, given that winter is just around the corner, why don’t we take a look at some of the best possible activities you can partake in and some of the best places to visit.
One of Scotland’s biggest draws during the winter is its festivals. I’ve mentioned in a previous blog the pure fun and enjoyment that stems from St. Andrews Day. You could also partake in another popular Scottish tradition: Burns Night. Named after world-renowned Scottish song-writer and poet, Robert Burns, Burns Night is a celebration commemorating the national hero through food and fun. The holiday takes place on Burns’ birthday, 25 January, and was started in 1801 when nine of Burns’ closest friends sat down, ate heartily, enjoyed each other’s company, and fondly remembered their deceased friend. Today, the celebration consists of a large meal made up of haggis, neeps and tatties and whiskey and large groups of people celebrating Burns’ work. It’s a fantastic event and a great way to experience Scotland.
The worst part about the winter? The cold. The best part about winter in Scotland? Fire festivals. Why not end the year in a blaze of glory? Scottish fire festivals are celebration of the year and bringing in the new year with old flames. The Stonehaven Fireballs Ceremony is a great example of a fire festival. The event sees a pipe band marching through the streets swinging fireballs above their heads. Afterwards, there are fireworks and fun events and activities. The Biggar Bonfire sees a large pile of firewood lit in order to ring in the new year in the glow of a warm fire.
A Scottish tradition, Ceilidhs are dancing festivals that focus on fun. The word ceilidh comes from the old Gaelic term “gathering.” Ceilidhs are a wonderful opportunity to really immerse yourself in Scottish culture. Traditional Scottish music is played and men and women of all ages laugh and dance together; it’s a wonderful way to forget about the winter cold and enjoy a nice night out on the town.