January in Scotland brings Happy New Year wishes to everyone. In Scotland, we celebrate Hogmanay with a traditional Ceilidh. The evening finishes with the traditional Robbie Burns “For Auld Lang Syne” and a little bit more Scottish tradition with The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond – a great way to end the year and bring in the New Year.
Then in a truly traditional style that is followed by a bit of first footing and one of my favourites – missed Scottish Black Bun. If you have not tasted Black Bun it is a really densely packed fruit cake baked in a pastry casing and is a true treat from my childhood Christmases. Another tradition we can link back to Robbie Burns.
And of course, Scotland celebrates Burns Night on the 25th of January. The date commemorates the poet’s birthday and is a 300-year-old tradition involving haggis, neeps and tatties. True Scottish fare and just right for a winter evening.
Well indeed we would but it looks like Covid has had an impact again on large gatherings. Without dwelling on the past year we have all survived (so far) two years of Covid. Hopefully, most of us have our vaccinations in place and are ready to travel. It is certainly not easy with travel regulations changing frequently and it is certainly fraught making sure you have the correct test at the correct time with the correct certificate.
Let’s hope everyone can manage to keep exploring. 2021 bought us many lovely guests from all over both the UK and the World. We had many honeymooners exploring Scotland and many first time visitors to Scotland and towards the end of the Summer many international visitors whose trips had been hanging in the balance and suddenly it was all systems go!
So looking forward this means January is a wonderful time to plan your visit to Scotland. Being honest unless you are a skier or a true snow lover perhaps even a photographer whilst Scotland is very beautiful in January or indeed any other time of the year there may be better times of the year to visit. Many Visitor attractions are not open until Easter and sunset times are still around 3.30 in the afternoon leaving visitors with very short daylight hours.
Look at what works for your visit to Scotland and what events are happening so you can plan your Scottish itinerary to make the most of your time.
Don’t forget that booking direct with ourselves saves you 10% and if your stay is for 3 nights or more this is our best value nightly rate and even then some guests say it is not long enough.
As with many other parts of the World January in Scotland always brings in New Year Resolutions, often involving diets and exercise. I am sure you all have your own Resolutions but don’t worry if you have missed Hogmanay celebrations and need another chance to celebrate in Scotland there will be a second celebration of the New Year with the Burning of the Clavie at Burghead on the 11th January.