The short answer? That depends... Most folk who visit Scotland do so between April and October and there is a good reason for that. In these months you have the best chances for good weather, the days are relatively long, there are lots of events on and travelling is usually straight forward. And if you have kids you're mostly stuck to the school holidays anyway. Making the trip to Scotland between April and October makes therefore good sense. So why would you even consider visiting Scotland in the winter? There are some very good reasons to consider a winter visit... If you are looking … [Read more...] about Is Winter a Good Time to Visit Scotland?
Winter Events and Festivals in Scotland
Winter is as good a time as any to Visit Scotland. You might not get the endless long days of spring and summer but it's just as beautiful and heartwarming. And there is an advantage of visiting Scotland in the winter, accommodations are usually cheaper, there is lots going on in the cities and towns around Christmas and Hogmanay and it's generally a great time to be here. When the weather is cold and wet there is warmth and cosiness to be found inside and often winter presents itself from its good side with crisp frosty days, some snow and fabulous light if you're a photographer. You might … [Read more...] about Winter Events and Festivals in Scotland
Background on Hogmanay In Scotland
While New Year’s Eve is celebrated around the world the Scots have a long rich heritage associated with the event and even have their own word for it – Hogmanay. Theories abound about the derivation of the word ‘Hogmanay’. The Scandinavian word for the feast preceding Yule was ‘Hoggonott’, while the Flemish words – many of which came into the Scots language – ‘hoog min dag’ means ‘great love day.’ Hogmanay could also be traced back to the Anglo Saxon ‘Haleg monath’, holy month, or the Gaelic ‘òg maiden’, which refers to ‘new morning. But the most likely source seems to be the French ‘Homme est … [Read more...] about Background on Hogmanay In Scotland
Scottish Ice Trip Video
I found this stunning video today and the introduction to the video is just as good as the video itself: "If there is one place on earth where climbers celebrate the arrival of the next snowstorm, it has to be Scotland. Each winter, pounded by the North Atlantic winds, the Scottish Highlands are covered by a layer of snow and frost at the mercy of weather conditions. Here, winter climbing has existed for more than a century, and the smell of adventure is as authentic as the whisky borne of the local peat. Climbing is done from the ground up, without bolts, and generally onsight. An … [Read more...] about Scottish Ice Trip Video