November and December...
Winter has arrived, bringing with it shorter days and frosty nights – but that’s no reason to hibernate. Scotland plays host to a fantastic range of winter festivals and events with just enough twinkly lights (and mulled wine!) to get you into the festive spirit. Enjoy St Andrew’s Day celebrations, discover unique gifts and decorations at Christmas Markets across the country, and not forgetting Scotland’s legendary Hogmanay revelries where you can “Bring in the Bells” with street parties, fireworks and foot-stomping Ceilidh Dances.
Why not combine Christmas shopping with a night out or concert in Glasgow, Edinburgh or Stirling. For those of you feeling a little more adventurous there’s always Glasgow’s annual Santa Dash (11 December). The annual Oban Winter Festival takes place 11 - 27 November. Or, if you are looking to get away from it all this winter, our Loch Ossian eco-hostel is open all year round!
Autumn is a magical time of year in Scotland; the landscape bursts into an array of red, amber and gold, and pheasants, partridges and red squirrels can be spotted in the countryside. Grey seals head to the islands off the West Coast of Scotland with their fur covered pups and the Highland glens echo with the sound of stags roaring and clashing antlers as they compete for females in the annual deer rut. The Enchanted Forest at Faskally Wood near Pitlochry comes alive with lights and music, families can enjoy a half term break and October ends with Halloween events all around the country.
Enjoy the noise of crisp fallen leaves underfoot on an autumnal (midge free!) walk or take in the sights of one of Scotland’s historic cities without the hustle and bustle of tourists that the summer brings. With bed prices starting at £15 per person, it’s so easy to get out there and create your own autumn adventure.
As it is the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, we couldn’t let 2016 pass us by without a month dedicated to Scottish Architecture.
From great monuments of stone in Neolithic Orkney to majestic castles and Victorian Tenements, Scotland has always thrived in the creation of the built environment. This continues today, with some fantastic examples of contemporary architecture and design across the country including the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, the Falkirk Wheel and Perth Concert Hall.
Led by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, the Festival of Architecture runs until October promoting the richness and breadth of Scotland’s architecture and built environment. Scotland’s seven cities have played host to festival hubs throughout the year with Stirling taking its turn in September.