It may not often be the top choice of people to visit during the festive season, but Scotland has so much to offer to tourists looking for one magical holiday. And we feel sad for others who aren’t aware about the unique fun they can experience only here in the country. The one place you must visit on Christmas should you decide to go on a Scotland Tour? Inverness!
As the year draws to a close, things get pretty magical in the Highland capital. Plan a visit this winter and experience wonderful shopping options, bags of merry entertainment, and a very warm welcome!
Celebrating Christmas the Scottish Way
Although Christmas hasn’t been celebrated in the country for 400 years, sometime in the past, and could probably be the reason why it isn’t the most popular Winter Holiday destination, Scotland’s traditions already changed.
Many of Scotland’s seasonal customs at Christmas and Hogmanay are traditional in the truest sense. Not only are they very old, but they are, in the main, rather unorthodox.
Take the long-standing custom of fireball swinging in Stonehaven, the transformation of Kirkwall into a football-related battlefield, or the aptly-titled Loony Dook in the Firth of Forth (which, to be fair, isn’t actually that old, having only been set up in 1987): odd rituals such as these reveal an abundance of the sort of festive spirit that can make Hogmanay in Scotland for visitors and locals alike so enjoyable.
Hogmanay poems and songs
These never grow old in the Scotland Christmas scene. We’re sure you’ve hear the Auld Land Syne on your radios or tv sets every New Year’s celebration.
Well, a fan fact is that Auld Lang Syne, partially written by Robert Burns in 1788, is one of the bard’s most well-known and oft-recited verses. It’s a staple of Hogmanay parties across the country, and there’ll be very few who don’t know at least a verse or two.
We have more other Christmas traditions that would convince you to book a plane right away and have one or two Christmas Scotland tour packages organized. And here are some of the things you can expect in Inverness and the rest of the Highlands as we get closer and closer to Christmas:
- Inverness’ winter festivities begin with the Christmas Lights Switch On, usually held late November.
- The Whin Park is where the family should be for some festive frolics at the Winter Wonderland in December. Santa and his reindeers are there so your kids can get a chance for a meet and greet with them. Walk among the beautifully lit trees and enjoy the thrills of the fairground rides too. And when the snow falls in, the scenes around the park turns as magical as how White Christmas is described in books.
- Panto is a traditional performance of rib-tickling family entertainment or Christmas show at Eden Court Theatre. You can also attend one of the carol singing services held at various venues across Inverness to enjoy a serene night that, in a way, makes you look back to the days of Jesus. And after the shows, there might just be mulled wine and mince pies you can indulge on too!
But you can celebrate your Christmas Scotland Tour in a more conventional way by:
Scotland is the historic and original home of golf. And in honor of these origins, the country has lots of golf courses which you can visit. In the Highlands there are public golf courses which your Scotland Tour organizer can book for. Championship golf courses are the best ones to visit. You can see eve see castles in golf courses like that in the Castle Stuart Golf Links. Even if you’re not a golfer, you can walk the courses and enjoy their usually spectacular settings.
Scotland’s landscapes come smattered with castles and at last count there are around 2,000 of them! When you go on a Scotland Tour, don’t miss Eilean Donan on Skye; the Dunnottar Castle perched on a dramatic headland over the North Sea; or the medieval fortress of Urquhart Castle near the mythical Loch Ness.
Shopping and Whisky Tasting!
The Inverness City Centre is ideal for stocking up for Christmas, thanks to its great travel links, compact main streets, and central shopping centers. There are also holiday craft fairs opening up soon. From top fashions to state-of-the-art electronics, browse over 60 stores in the Eastgate Shopping Centre.
And after shopping for a day, you should go on a whisky tour the next day! Whisky distilleries offer exclusive gift items during the holidays so you shouldn’t miss those when you go on a Christmas Scotland tour.
And if you think all these are too overwhelming, we can help arrange your Scotland tours for you. At IT Tours, we organize the best itineraries from the fine line of castles, to out of the city tours, there’s so much we can suggest so you can make the most of your Christmas holiday 2019. Book with us today!