19th December 2013

Christmas and New Year Breaks in Scotland.

New Year celebrations in Scotland( known as Hogmanay) are famous throughout the world. Edinburgh plays host to the midnight fire work spectacular and the fringe theatres but the Scots are party people and Christmas time is celebrated just as much with the lights in George Square Glasgow, always worth a visit in the evening time.

Glasgow is the perfect place to come to do your Christmas shopping with Argyle Street and Sauchiehall Street buzzing with festive cheer and fabulous shop displays to tempt you into the stores and the money out of your pockets. Glasgow has a very metropolitan feel about it and with many classy looking bars and restaurants to sit down and rest your weary feet in, shopping is actually a pleasure.

Aladdin is this year's Pantomime at the Kings Theatre Glasgow, book early as this event sells out quickly. Glasgow can offer accommodation of many types from hotels to B&B's but you may wish to leave the hustle and bustle of the big city behind at this busy time of year and head out into the country side for a more sedate celebration.

Therefore check out places of outstanding natural Scottish beauty such as Loch Ness, Pitlochry, Invernesshire, and Beauly to name but a few places, and book in to one of the many lodges available to rent this time of year. They have central heating and double glazing, so don't worry about the weather being wintery, you will be snug and cosy inside.

Aviemore is of course the ski resort but you do not have to be a skier to enjoy the hospitality and the fun of the ski set, these guys like to party and as this is party season, get in quick so you don't get left out in the cold.

The Torchlight procession in Edinburgh on New Year's Eve is a free event but you can purchase a torch and this money goes to charitable causes, it is the season of good will after all. Edinburgh is also host to one of the biggest New Years Eve street parties there is, about 80,000 people attend these parties, live music, The Keilidh for the more traditional Scottish music and dance, so much to do and you cannot do it all so you will have to come back next year to take in some of the events you missed this year.

If you like to party, chill out with only the scenery for company or take a walk along a windswept beach, then Scotland is where you should be this Christmas and New Year.