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Welcome to Festive December!

Enjoy romantic winter festivals and then dance in the New Year at our world famous Hogmanay celebrations. No-one does New Year’s Eve like the Scots!

  • Welcome to Festive December!

    Welcome to Festive December!

    Enjoy romantic winter festivals and then dance in the New Year at our world famous Hogmanay celebrations. No-one does New Year’s Eve like the Scots!

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Scotland by Month

January

Glasgow buzzes with Celtic Connections, Scotland’s premier celebration of Celtic Music. Over 300 events and 2000 artists will banish winter blues.

February

In February, cuddle up in a castle, stroll along a lonely beach, share freshly caught seafood and languish by a log fire.

March

Visit the castles and monuments that serve as a reminder of Scotland’s dramatic past.

April

Enjoy authentic, artisan food from Scotland’s delicious natural larder, and freshly caught seafood from our shores.

May

Whisky May celebrates “the water of life”, Scotland’s national drink. Discover Scotland’s whisky heritage and our hospitality at Whisky festivals across the country.

June

Summer is a great time to explore Scotland by foot, on wheels or on water. You will also see some amazing wildlife on your way!

July

See a different side of Scotland exploring our many islands. Enjoy the stunning landscapes, wildlife and culture.

August

For a whole month Edinburgh hosts the largest art festival in the world. Choose from thousands of performances. Don’t miss the Edinburgh Tattoo.

September

Experience Scotland’s music and dance at traditional music festivals across the country, as well as ceilidhs with the locals!

October

Keep a close eye on the loch waters, moors and mysterious castles during autumn. Sightings of beasties can’t be guaranteed - but it’s worth taking a look.

November

Cosy up in a snug wee guesthouse with fabulous views of the autumn landscape or find a traditional pub and chat to the friendly locals.

December

Enjoy romantic winter festivals and then dance in the New Year at our world famous Hogmanay celebrations. No-one does New Year’s Eve like the Scots!

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Year of Food and Drink 2015

Year of Food and Drink 2015

Packed with brilliant moments, the Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015 is a chance to celebrate Scotland’s fantastic natural larder and exceptional natural produce, as well as the landscapes, people and culture that make our food heritage so unique.

Find out more December

Hogmanay

What else to do in December?

Scotland's cities are perfect for a winter city break. Indulge in a spot of shopping or enjoy the Hogmanay celebrations.

Red Deer

This is Scotland

This is Scotland, a country of ancient heritage and vibrant culture, of breathtaking landscapes and unlimited adventures. Watch the video and get inspired!

Scotland's Food and Drink

Food and Drink

Scotland is renowned for its unrivalled produce. Its unspoilt habitats and varied weather are perfect for producing a wide variety of high quality fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and meat and much more.

Traditional music

Music

Scotland's music scene is one of the best in the world and encompasses a diverse range of genres from traditional Celtic and folk music to opera and riveting rock festivals featuring top contemporary acts.

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Howie Nicholsby - Contemporary kilt designer

I’m Howie, owner of 21st Century Kilts in Edinburgh. Kiltmaking has run in my family for three generations – when I started 21st Century Kilts when I was 18, I knew I had found my calling! My kilts all have a contemporary feel, while still respecting the traditions of kiltmaking handed down from my father. I live in Edinburgh – I really love this city as it has a really international feel, and during the festivals it can feel like the most popular place on the planet! It’s great to be a part of it all.

Howie Nicholsby

Howie Nicholsby - Contemporary kilt designer

I’m Howie, owner of 21st Century Kilts in Edinburgh. Kiltmaking has run i…

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