Experience Christmas In The Highlands Of Scotland

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Escape northwards for the full seasonal snow-capped mountains experience!

The Scottish Highlands are the perfect staycation destination. With rugged landscapes, picturesque towns and just the right amount of snow, this is surely the perfect Christmas getaway.

At the heart of the region lies the city of Inverness. As the self-proclaimed Capital of the Highlands, the area has plenty to see and do.

Right in the centre stands Inverness Castle, the present building dating from 1836.

Overlooking the River Ness, it towers over the city providing fantastic views of the area and beyond.

A winter walk along the banks of the river is a must, and a trip to The Snow Goose for a festive meal afterwards is essential! Make sure to bag a table beside the fire – it’ll keep you warm on a cold winter’s day.

Fab Fort William

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As the highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis is a summit you have to reach. What better way to appreciate the beauty of the Highlands than from 4,413ft? This is a popular mountain and there are numerous well-trodden paths.

Once you’ve conquered the mighty mountain head back down to the Nevis Bank Inn on the banks of the River Nevis. The views from the restaurant are spectacular.

While you’re in the area, do take a trip to the Steall Waterfall, plunging almost 400ft down the hillside. Deep in the glen just outside Fort William, it is a hidden gem worth discovering.

Snowy Glencoe

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The Glencoe Valley is full of natural wonders. From An Torr and Signal Rock to the famous Three Sisters, these sites are sure to take your breath away.

For you adrenaline junkies, grab your skis and head to the Glencoe Mountain Resort. Here you can glide down the hills and catch spectacular views of Buachaille Etive Mor.

Never skied before? Not a problem, the resort offers lessons for both children and adults. Or if you want to relive your youth, grab a sledge and race to the bottom instead! glencoemountain.co.uk

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Heat yourself up after your exertions in the nearby Glencoe Café where you’ll find yourself surrounded by delicious home bakes. The café is a local favourite so be sure to give it a try.

Mountains aren’t the only attraction in the Highlands. Why not rent a kayak for the day and revel in Loch Leven’s open waters? Remember to wrap up warmly as the area is pretty chilly all year round!

A loch with a secret

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Just south of Inverness you’ll find one of Scotland’s most famous attractions – Loch Ness.

Head for the nearby village of Dores and make your way along a stretch of the famous waters – the loch’s perimeter is 81 miles, which would take 5-7 days to walk around!

While you search for the mythical Loch Ness Monster, don’t forget to admire the snow covered mountains that surround you.

Alternatively start your excursion in Drumnadrochit, where you’ll find the ruins of Urquhart Castle on the shores of the loch.

Snowsports for all abilities

Further south, Aviemore should definitely be on your travel bucket list. Located within the Cairngorms National Park, there are snow-capped mountains here everywhere you turn.

Why not try your hand at skiing with a thrilling lesson at the School of Snowsports in Aviemore? theskischool.co.uk

Warm and fuzzy!

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Animal lovers will spot snow buntings, hares and grouse in the area and if you’re lucky, you might even glimpse some wild reindeer.

If you long for a closer encounter with Santa’s best friends, then you can book a guided tour of the area with the Cairngorm Reindeer Herd. cairngormreindeer.co.uk

If you want to get your adrenaline really pumping, then why not witness some dog sled racing?

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Every January The Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain host their annual get-together when huskies and mushers meet in Aviemore.

Get to see the dogs up close and who knows, the handlers may even let you have a ride!

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It is said that once you’ve experienced the Scottish Highlands, you’ll never want to leave. Why not explore the area for yourself? More information at visitscotland.com