Are you considering a holiday in Scotland in January? This page gives you some great things to see and do and where ideas for places to stay in January.
January can be pretty appalling weather in Scotland. It is also one of the darker months of the year with daylight from around 8am to 4pm. If you can see past that then there is some great stuff going on.
What’s on in January
In Glasgow, the Celtic Connections festival begins mid January and runs for nearly three weeks to the start of February. It is a really exciting music festival with hundreds of bands with a celtic slant from all over the World on every year. Visitors come from near and far to see bands during the festival which is great for the city at an otherwise quiet time of year.
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Burns Night is the celebration of Robert Burns and is held on the 25th January, though you will find many parties and Burns suppers on dates at any time around the end of January. If you have an interest in Burns then a visit to Ayrshire and also Dmfries and Galloway is a must-do. There is so much history related to the bard that it will keep you very busy, not to mention the amazing scenery, other attractions and local welcome. There are several events happening at the Robert Burns museum around this time as well as smaller events around the country, some private, some laid on for public groups. Check with your hotel to see if there are any Burns night events happening at the hotel or in the nearby area.
At the end of January, the Up Helly Aa festival is held in Lerwick, Shetland. It is held on the last tuesday in January every year. Up Helly Aa is Europe’s largest fire festival and is famously popular. There are a variety of events and it culminates with a fire procession and burning of a galley. Booking early is advised for this particular festival.
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Don’t just head for those locations with festivals though. Scotland has some great skiing and mountaineering in January with many ski resorts and several hundred superb mountains (or Munros) to walk and climb on. January can also be a great time to go for a mountain bike holiday with quiet trails and lots of mud to keep a huge grin on your face.
January can also be a fantastic time to visit Scotland’s coastal villages, around Fife or Aberdeenshire, or East Lothian. A walk along a storm lashed beach or cliff followed by a refreshment in front of a roaring log fire in a local pub is an experience to savour.
Luckily January is a great time to find a superb hotel deal. Have a search through our accommodation pages and discover some gems and superb places to stay in Scotland in January.