I may be biased, but nowhere does New Year quite like Scotland. Whether you’re basking in the festivities of the iconic Edinburgh street party, ceilidh dancing at a traditional Scottish party night or enjoying the cool, crisp air during a New Year’s morning walk in the countryside – there’s few better ways to kick off your new year. As SuperBreak’s resident Scot, I’ve rounded up a selection of some of the best places to celebrate Hogmanay in Scotland.
Bringing in the New Year in Edinburgh is something everyone needs to tick off their travel bucket list at least once. The world-famous Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is a fun-filled three day festival running from 30th December to 1st January, boasting the legendary Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party, the Concert in the Gardens – this year headlined by Paolo Nutini, and of course, the magical midnight moment – where fireworks light up the sky in front of Edinburgh Castle. After the excitement of the street party, snuggle up in one of our Edinburgh city centre hotels, and tuck in to a full Scottish breakfast in the morning.
As a born and bred Glaswegian I can say for sure that Glasgow can easily rival its east coast counterpart when it comes to New Year celebrations. A New Year short break in a Glasgow City Centre hotel, such as the super stylish Grand Central Hotel, perfectly locates you within walking distance for exploring the array of restaurants, pubs and cocktail bars that line Glasgow’s city centre streets. As a city that knows how to party there is a whole host of Hogmanay events taking place across Glasgow’s bars and pubs. In the city centre you can head to Waxy O’Connors for their annual Hogmanay lock-in with 2 DJs playing rock classics all night, plus a welcome drink and a buffet included in your ticket. Or head over to Glasgow’s trendy West End for the Ashton Lane Street Party where you can enjoy live music including traditional ceilidh bands, all under the pretty fairy lights of Ashton Lane.
3) The Highlands
For a traditional Scottish Hogmanay experience head to The Highlands for a New Year hotel party break. Enjoy a cosy hotel stay where you can tuck into a traditional Scottish breakfast every morning and delicious dinner at your hotel. Our festive breaks also include evening entertainment from live bands and DJs – and what better way to bring in the New Year than with a traditional Scottish bagpiper. We love the which includes a cream tea and mulled win on arrival, a gourmet 5-course dinner on Hogmanay and a buck’s fizz breakfast on New Year’s morning. Plus it’s the perfect base for exploring the beautiful Scottish countryside.
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