• Cairngorms Winter Top 5

    Posted by Robin McKelvie on

    The Cairngorms National Park is easily the largest national park in Britain, extending over 1,400 square miles. That is an awful lot of space, a glorious wildscape that really comes into its own in winter as other parts of the country go into hibernation. The Cairngorms are a truly epic landscape,...

  • January Walks to Banish the Blues

    Posted by SYHA Hostelling Scotland on

    January can feel like a long month for us all as we say goodbye to the festivities for another year. But January doesn't need to be so blue, not when Scotland has so much stunning scenery to offer this wintry month. Don't worry, you don't have to be an expert hillwalker with knowledge of winter...

  • Scottish Winter Traditions

    Posted by SYHA Hostelling Scotland on

    Scotland is one of the only countries in the world where New Year celebrations could be considered more important than those at Christmas. Unlike anywhere else in the world, the Scots call New Year, Hogmanay, a celebration that starts on the 31st of December and carries right through to early...

  • Top 5 Winter Delights in Edinburgh

    Posted by Robin McKelvie on

    It’s winter so that means that it’s time to hibernate. Just curl up and wait for the distant spring to make an appearance. Right? Wrong! So wrong as this is when Scotland’s capital really steps into top gear with a flurry of festivities, cosy pubs and wintry walks, with an award-winning youth hostel...

  • Outdoor Capital in Winter

    Posted by Robin McKelvie on

    Love mountains? Love winter? Love getting active swathed in epic scenery? Well, you’ll love Fort William and the Lochaber region in winter. I’ve travelled to over 100 countries as a travel writer and, for me, the Outdoor Capital of the UK is hard to beat for a snow-laced adventure, whether you want...

  • Winter Festivals

    Posted by Robin McKelvie on

    Well Winter is officially here, but no it’s not time to hibernate quite yet. Not when a flurry of festive festivals are rampaging their fun filled way through Scotland. Join me now as I take you on a six stop tour of belly-and-heart-warming festivals guaranteed to lift your mood, get you in the...

  • Winter Walking with Jim Sutherland

    Posted by Jim Sutherland on

    I am writing this piece whilst listening to the wind, rain and hail batter against the windows of my house. We are in the early part of the winter and already I have experienced what I call ‘the etch a sketch’ moment where spring, summer and autumn are wiped clean and it feels as if I have always...

  • SYHAdventure Winter Break

    Posted by SYHA Hostelling Scotland on

    Beat those January blues with a winter break in some of Scotland’s most stunning locations. The mountainous terrain that makes Scotland such a great hillwalking destination is precisely what makes it the go to ski destination this season. The fantastic ski conditions coupled with the breath-taking...