Running a Scottish Tour company, we are often asked – when is the best time to travel to Scotland; when will it be most beautiful, most busy or most exciting. Summer might spring to mind to most -it’s not hard to imagine why the crowds flock to Edinburgh in August when the Festival feeds thousands of locals and tourists alike with a feast of entertainment and merriment.
A country of mystery and mythology, only once the crowds are scarce and you can see the icy wisps of breath in front of you does Scotland truly feel at its best. We’d like to think that there us no time more magical to visit Scotland than Winter.
Though the evenings are dark, and gloves are an essential, Scotland’s natural majesty is only heightened under Winter’s heavy wrap. The Scottish Highlands become a wonderland for photographers, snow-sporters, and nature-lovers alike.
There’s plenty to do in the city, too. If there’s one thing we do well, it’s Festivals, so bring on St. Andrew’s Day, Hogmany and Burns Night for a celebration of our nation’s rich culture and heritage. Scottish hospitality doesn’t hibernate either, with hundreds of hotels, guest houses, even castles offering a comfortable retreat. The local cuisine is second to none – there’s nothing like a steamy bowl of hot Cullen Skink after a day out in the fresh Winter air!
Don’t forget – ‘The Hairy Coo’ tours run throughout the winter months, and so does our sister company ‘Ness Bus’. Our buses are warm and our doors are open – we’d love to show you our piece of magic.