The Scottish Highlands, it is often said, are an outdoor playground. Perfect for self catering holidays, the biggest secret is that they are ideal for holidays at any time of year – even in winter.
For the jaded palate of today’s urban dwellers in need to fresh air, open space and dramatic skies unspoilt by the built environment, the Highlands of Scotland are the much needed antidote to stress, pollution and overcrowding. If you are tired of commuting, traffic jams and all the other ills of modern urban living, then set your sights on holidays in the Scottish Highlands. Your lungs – and spirits – will thank you. Trust me on this.
As someone who regularly plays host to people from ‘down south’, and that’s very much a catch all phrase in reality, the one thing that strikes them most is the gentle pace of life. Even mañana has too many connotations of urgency about it.
The laid back environment we are so good at creating clearly makes holidaying here a rare pleasure, a chance to completely unwind, recharge the batteries and enjoy the moment in all its 360 degree splendour. In fact, on more than one occasion I’ve been told, “The Highlands are the one place I feel I can completely relax.”
And who’s to disagree? The Scottish Highlands are a huge wilderness itching to be explored. They are a heather-clad wonder of mountains, glens, wide open spaces and deserted beaches. So why put it off and miss this unique, iconic region? For, if anything, the Highlands are at their most dramatic in winter.
While we do boast some of the most outstanding scenery anywhere in the UK, there are tons of things to do and see.
Winter is here and that means snow. Skiing, snowboarding and hillwalking are just some of the fantastic range of activities the Highlands has to offer. Action and adventure await your inner adrenaline junkie. You can be assured of that.
There are five major ski resorts in the Highlands. They are world famous and attract visitors from across the UK and all over the globe wishing to experience the extraordinary variety of challenges and fun that can be had out on the slopes.
There is also a rich heritage and culture here that is sharply distinctive having been shaped by the twin influences of the Scots Gaelic language and the Old Norse of the Viking era. Even today these cultural factors still resonate in the place names, the music, story telling, the arts and the ceilidhs that take place across the region.
There is a regular programme of events the length and breadth of the Highlands at this time of year, thanks, in part, to the long winter nights. Celebrating a culture that is unique and special, the one thing you will be guaranteed of wherever you go is a warm welcome.
Locals and visitors enjoy a varied calendar of events during the winter, and you may even get the chance to sample a wee dram of whisky in its native home or have a go at some traditional Scottish dancing.