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New Year breaks in Aviemore 2020

Where to go and what to do at Hogmanay in Aviemore & Cairngorms

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Hogmanay in the Highlands is a very special celebration in Scotland. With an abundance of food, drink and festive spirit it is easy to see why Aviemore, Cairngorms and the Highlands of Scotland is the ultimate destination. A warm welcome awaits you at Hogmanay in Scotland.

Hogmanay is a Scottish name for the last day of the year, and the celebration of a New Year rolls into the 1st and the 2nd of January in Scotland.  Traditionally, Scots will dance the night away at a ceilidh and first foot friends and family in the days afterwards.  Normally when the bells come in, the name for the clock ringing at 12am,  you could expect a raucous cheer and joining of hands for Auld Lang Syne - a very famous poem written by Scotland’s national bard, Rabbie Burns, followed by visiting family and friends. The celebrations might be a bit different this year due to current restrictions so we have some ideas on how to enjoy an alternative Highland Hogmanay Holiday in Aviemore and the Cairngorms.  

 

Accommodation available for Hogmanay Holidays and New Year  2020/2021
Accommodation available at Christmas 2020

Where to go and what to do at Hogmanay in Aviemore & Cairngorms

Whether you love the thrill of a New Year ski day or prefer something slower for the day after Hogmanay, the Cairngorms has an abundance of special places to take your family for the day. 

  • Igloo's family favourite has got to be the 3 mile walk around Loch an Eilean.  Enough to blow away the cobwebs and not too challenging for little legs.
  • Loony dook at Loch Insh, this wild swim will cure you or kill you, warm up with a hot chocolate at the Boathouse afterwards.
  • Climb Craigellachie in Aviemore and take in the views of Aviemore and the Cairngorms while you contemplate the year ahead
  • A walk to the famous Uath Lochans to view the ‘bear print’ loch formation.
  • Toast the New Year with a local ale or Highland dram at The Old Bridge Inn. Book tables online via their site.

Holiday lodges in Scotland for New Year

A self catering lodge offers a great way to see in the New Year - take in the bells in front of a cosy log fire and get 2021 off to a great start with a morning soak in your very own hot tub. With this being a different kind of Hogmanay there are a few things to think about for your Highland New Year:

  1. Be sure to check the latest guidelines on travel and household numbers.
  2. Be prepared with your food and drink shopping as many shops will be completely closed on the 1st of January and some still closed on the 2nd.  Locally, there are many shops offering packages and Balliefurth Farm comes highly recommended - it is also very close to our new property The MaltingsWriting a meal planner will help ensure any vital ingredients for rescue breakfasts and celebratory roast dinners are not missing. 
  3. Plan your movements and check that there is availability. With social distancing in place, there are fewer places in restaurants and bars. Check out Visit Cairngorms guide to whats open: https://status.visitcairngorms.com/

 

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