Christmas is a special time for most of us - a time when we can come together and enjoy the company of our friends and loved ones and share food, drinks and memories. The winter months in Scotland are admittedly cold, however, we have some lovely ways you can warm up your hearts this festive season
Tomatin is no stranger to snow and we will see flurries from October to May, and we've even seen some snow drifts sticking around into June in shaded spots on the hills! With the Slochd Summit mountain pass located just south of the village at 1315ft above sea level, we are elevated and exposed to the elements. If you love building snow-people or taking photos of the bright coloured wildlife against the crisp white backdrop, then visiting Tomatin this winter will be right up your street.
Inverness's Christmas & Winter Festival kicks off with the Christmas Lights Switch on in November.
Does anything say Christmas more than the Pantomime? Inverness's Eden Court runs a phenomenal pantomime each year beginning on the 4th December and running into January. Cinderella's story is being brought to Inverness this year and will definitely be worth booking in advance. Will Cinderella achieve her happy ever after or will the Ugly Sisters thwart her dreams of happiness? Join us at the ball to find out!
While we have the luxury of red deer at home on our land, there is nothing quite as magical as heading to Aviemore to visit the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre and visit Britain's only free ranging reindeer herd! Their Christmas Fun weekends are fantastic for adults and children alike as they decorate their paddocks with tinsel and other decor and Santa even pays a visit.
Have the Christmas shopping completed early and head into Inverness for the Inverness Farmer's market, held on the first Saturday of the month with an additional preChristmas event. With lots of local suppliers to choose from, this is the perfect opportunity to pick up some local items and perhaps even some sweet treats.. the baking stalls are always amazing!
Whilst in town, pop into Leakey’s second-hand bookshop. The shop, in a converted church, is believed to be one of the largest of its kind in Scotland, making it the ideal place to pick up a few treasures. Centred around a massive log fire, the atmosphere is surreal!
The Highlands are the place to be this winter and with the added charm of our Christmas decor, we highly recommend you choose to visit in the romantic winter months. And don't worry about the snow, if you get stuck, we live on site in Melfort House and we'll come to the rescue!
Angus | Team Melfort