Scotland in Winter

Where to go and what to see in Scotland in Winter

Scotland in the summer offers visitors the chance to enjoy its beautiful natural beauty. But Scotland in winter is fascinating with more people discovering just what the Highlands has to offer during the off-season.

It’s always been a great place to explore thanks to its temperate climate. That said, it often rains but it’s never freezing cold compared to its northern neighbours. The winter months in Scotland provide a wonderful sightseeing experience that includes nature watching and so much more.

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Dornoch Winter Wonderland Whiskey & Wellbeing

The small historic town of Dornoch lies on the edge of Dornoch Firth. It’s a tranquil setting surrounded by stunning scenery and warm environment.

All in all the Scottish Highlands is renowned for its natural beauty, rich cultural heritage and splendour. And Dornoch is a wonderful example. Why not take your time, relax and enjoy all that’s on offer in this splendid Scottish region?

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Best Autumn Highland Drives

Best Autumn Highland Drives

Autumn in the Highlands is spectacular. The rugged landscapes, natural, unspoilt scenery and cultural cities have so much to offer. It’s the perfect time to enjoy a midge-free experience as the winter wonderland season takes hold.

Why not organise a romantic road trip and benefit from lower rates at our luxury hotel Pitlochry. It’s the best time to enjoy a golfing experience in superb locations. Hikers and wildlife enthusiasts get to see the Highlands as the weather cools off readying for the winter.

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Foraging Fun

Foraging Fun in the Scottish Highlands

Foraging wild food is featured more and more on popular television programmes and social media. And for a good reason. First, it’s fun, relaxing and extremely rewarding. You’ll find wild mushrooms and other delicacies on restaurant menus, all foraged!

So, what’s there to forage in the Scottish Highlands? And where’s the best place to start looking? Are there any guides, and where can you savour the delights of foraged foods in Northern Scotland? What to find out more? Then please read on.

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Autumn Island hopping

Autumn Island hopping in the Highlands

Autumn in the Highlands is a wealth of colourful hues. It’s a quieter time, but it is just as glorious as any other season. Exploring the region is an adventure that gets more exciting when you include some island hopping in Scotland.

Scottish shorelines are magnificent. It doesn’t get much better from stretches of sandy beaches, impressive dunes, and majestic cliffs. Moreover, with around 900 islands dotted offshore, you’ll discover some which are inhabited and others which are not.

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Wester Ross Coastal Trail

Explore the Wester Ross Coastal Trail

Wester Ross Coastal Trail Scotland is a beautiful region. The landscapes and vistas are simply breath-taking. There are lochs, mountains, wildlife and stunning, intense colours that render the region so spectacular.

Visiting northern Scotland means taking the time to explore Wester Ross Coastal Trail. We’ve put together a list of our favourite sections of the trail. And we’ve included some tips and a map to help you plan your trip.

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Restaurant at Dunalastair Hotel Suites

Scottish Highland Delicacies – What to eat when visiting the Highlands

Scottish landscapes and coastlines are spectacular at any time of the year. Then there are all the activities, from hiking, cycling, skiing, fishing, and so much more. But have you heard about the delicacies and traditional Scottish foods to try on your next visit?

The Highlands has an abundance of superb resources. Fish caught daily off the coast is just one of the tempting ingredients used in centuries-old recipes. In addition, land in the Highlands is fertile, which means crops like potatoes and other vegetables are flavoursome and nourishing.

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stargazing areas

Best stargazing areas in the Highlands

Stargazing in the Scottish Highlands is exceptional. The clarity of the night skies makes for an excellent experience whether you’re new to stargazing or a seasoned watcher.

The best places to stargaze in Scotland are at the Taransay and Glen Nevis Visitor centre. It’s the most northerly Dark Sky Park in the world. With a bit of luck and being there at the right time, you may even get to view the Mirrie Dancers, otherwise known as an aurora.

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Scotland's native wildlife

Marvel at the wonderful wildlife and marine life in the Highlands

Scottish wildlife and marine life are exceptional thanks to the unspoilt nature of many regions. There are birds, deer, dolphins, whales and lots more to see when visiting the western Highlands.

Many areas of the Highlands have remained unspoilt. Coastal walks along pristine beaches offer a superb chance of spying a wealth of marine life. While inland, in the valleys, hilltops and mountains, an abundance of flora and fauna thrive. Staying at our hotel near Pitlochry provides the perfect opportunity to spot our Scottish coastal wildlife and even some rare Scottish animals!

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