Yes, it’s going to be cold and, yes, it will snow. But visiting Scotland in the winter opens up a world of winter sports activities and snowy adventures that you won’t find anywhere else in the UK. Ice climbing, skiing and snowboarding await you during winter in the Scottish Highlands and you can even try snowshoeing on the moors or husky sledging in the glens. The Northern Lights can be seen under dark skies, while the cities are packed with Christmas markets. And of course, no Scottish winter holiday is complete without some scotch whisky tasting in front of a roaring fire. So, let’s get into it.
Feeling inspired? You can now travel with Culture Trip on our four-day Scottish Highlands winter adventure, in which you’ll go snowshoeing, dog sledding and chocolate tasting led by our Local Insider.
The world championship-winning husky team at Bowland Trails are ready to take you on one of the most thrilling Scotland winter tours, but you need to be prepared for a serious off-road adventure. You’ll be guided over frozen moors, through icy glens and down snow-covered mountain slopes as you hold onto the reins of your husky sledge. Bowland Trails offer expert training and guidance, as you learn how to handle a team of powerful Siberian huskies in the Scottish Highlands.
Did we mention that it gets cold in Scotland in the winter? Luckily, the Scots have perfected just the place where you can warm up after a day out in the snow: the pub. Scottish pubs are undeniably cosy and whether you’re in a remote highland village or the centre of Glasgow, you’re sure to find a cosy pub with a roaring log fire and tweed armchairs. Order up your favourite Scotch whisky, then sit back and enjoy the warmth.
An Islay distillery tour is sure to blast away those winter blues, as you enjoy some of the finest Scotch whisky that Scotland has to offer. The Isle of Islay is Scotland’s premier whisky tasting destination – there are no less than nine independent distillers based on this windswept Hebridean island. This is the ‘Whisky Coast’ at its finest: whiskies on Islay are characterised by peaty tones and smoky flavours that are sure to keep you warm in even the coldest Scottish winters.