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Top tips for winter in Scotland

VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
edited November 2016 in Planning and Practicalities


It’s safe to say winter has arrived in Scotland and I feel like I have a long list of things to be excited about! From festive markets and light displays to snow-capped landscapes, mulled wine and layering up in coats and gloves, there’s no doubt I’m a bit of a winter fan.

We’re often asked what winter in Scotland is really like. Well, our winter-related FAQs are a great place to find out! Discover what the weather conditions can be like, what the daylight hours are, the best winter activities to try and more besides.

In addition, here are four tips for enjoying winter in Scotland:

·         This St Andrews Day (and the weekends round about it) save your pennies and take advantage of some brilliant 2-for-1 and kids go free offers at some really amazing attractions and activities, including boat cruises on Loch Ness, spooky underground tours, royal yachts, historic battlefields and much more.

·         Is seeing the Northern Lights on your bucket list? Winter in Scotland can offer some fantastic opportunities for seeing them. Find out when the best chances to see the magnificent Northern Lights by signing up for AuroraWatch UK alerts – you’ll get emails when it’s likely the aurora can be seen from naked eye.

·         Embrace those dipping temperatures and hit the slopes this ski season. Sign up to snow alerts to get email notification when there is decent snowfall on Scotland’s five ski resorts.

·         Planning on visiting a Christmas market or hitting one of Scotland’s five cities for some festive shopping? If you’re planning on dining out as part of your day out, be sure to book ahead, as places can get very busy in the run up to Christmas.

What would your top tips for winter in Scotland be? Do you know of any great deals, unmissable events, or brilliant things to see and do? Or do you have a burning question about winter that we can help with?

Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 
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