There may still be a chill in the air, but February is a month full of magic in Scotland, with romance around every corner, snow on the hills, and lots of fun things to do in Scotland to lift you out of winter hibernation. Here are a few ways to make this February one to remember.
1. Enjoy a trad music event
Turn up the volume this February by going to a trad music event! Celtic Connections is set to take centre-stage this February with a program jam-packed full of events ranging from music and talks to storytelling. For more information on tickets and venues click here.
2. Keep warm in a couple of cosy traditional pubs
There is nothing better than catching up with some old friends and family over a few drinks. Keep warm as you avoid the winter chill by checking out some of the best traditional pubs that Scotland has to offer. Have a jolly good time at the Jolly Judge in Edinburgh. Watch the world go by as you sit with your back against the roaring log fire while you soak up the pub’s lively atmosphere. Make yourself at home at the Sheep Heid Inn. Loosen your belt as you tuck into some good old hearty pub grub accompanied with a cold alcoholic beverage or two.
It’s not just Edinburgh that specialises in good traditional pubs, Glasgow is another city which has a great pub scene too. Take a trip to Sloans, Glasgow’s oldest bar and restaurant. Marvel at the pubs beautiful furnishings and make sure to put your dancing shoes on as you enjoy its ceilidhs every Friday. February is the perfect time of year to kick back and treat yourself to a little indulgence.
Head to the Stein Inn on Skye as you enjoy picturesque views on the island’s Waternish Peninsula. Make sure to also try some of its delicious food which includes everything from Skye scallops and Scottish salmon to wild venison as well as sampling the pub’s single malts with over 130 to choose from.
Fancy visiting one of Scotland’s most haunted pubs? Look no further than the Drovers Inn in Loch Lomond. Reports have found that there are ghostly sightings of a little girl in a pink dress who regularly crops up in guests photographs as well as mysterious happenings from Room 6 with the lights often flickering. With over 300 years of hospitality experience under its belt, it’s no wonder that people keep coming back to enjoy the high-quality food and drink that is on offer. The pub was also a favourite with Rob Roy who was often a regular here.
Need time to unwind after a day of exploring Scotland’s natural beauty? Visit the award-winning Clachaig Inn in Glencoe. A favourite amongst climbers and hikers, coorie in for the night with a selection of ales and single malt whiskies from its three separate bars.
Nestled amongst the brightly painted houses of Tobermory, seek shelter at the Mishnish on the Isle of Mull – the perfect pit stop for the hungry traveller – where you will be welcomed by the warmth of the roaring fire and you can settle down to enjoy the fresh fish and shellfish on the menu.
Finally, visit the pub which was named the best pub in the Scottish Borders by the national Pub & Bar magazine, The Craw Inn for a selection of fine wine and ales, impeccable service and scrumptious food.
3. Visit some of Scotland’s amazing museums and art galleries
Fancy brushing up on your knowledge of Scotland’s rich history and culture? Have a fun day out with the whole family and explore some of Scotland’s best-loved museums and exciting exhibitions popping up throughout the month. With it being the UK’s first and only UNESCO City of Design, it’s no wonder that Dundee takes great pride in its ever-changing arts scene. At the V&A Dundee, don’t miss Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer (open from 26 February to 4 September 2022) which will chart the life and legacy of the groundbreaking Scottish dancer and choreographer. Head along to the Audubon’s Birds of America exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, a once-in-a-generation event which explores the creation of Birds in America, one of the world’s most precious books.
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4. Keep your eyes peeled and get up close and personal with Scotland’s winter wildlife
Although many animals hibernate throughout the winter months, nature lovers will be pleased to know that there are still plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with Scotland’s wildlife. This February why not take a trip to Islay? Renowned for its wild geese flocking to the island from October to April, the short winter days make it much easier to view morning and evening roosting sites. Catch a glimpse of the Arctic Hare on Scotland’s snow-capped mountains and if weather conditions become much more extreme you might be lucky enough to see them make their way down the mountainsides and the edges of the forests making it easier to spot them. South Scotland also becomes a winter paradise for thousands of swans, geese and ducks escaping the harsh winter weather from Greenland to bask in Scotland’s much warmer climate. If you’re on the lookout for red deer, the Highlands is the place to be! February is the perfect month to see these magnificent animals make their way down from the snowy mountains to lower ground to graze..
5. Take to the slopes as you enjoy a selection of the country’s snowsports on offer
There’s snow place like Scotland when it comes to skiing and snowboarding! The country boasts a wide range of ski centres including Glenshee, Glencoe and the Cairngorm Mountain which are all perfect places to hone your skills whether you are a beginner or a pro! Why not make the most out of our unique snowsports by opting for a ski pass, giving you the opportunity to ski until your heart is content at all five of the Scottish mountain resorts throughout the season. The Scottish weather can be very unpredictable at times, so we advise that you keep up to date on all the latest news, ski conditions and weather forecasts, and regularly check the official websites of the resorts for details of opening times and closures.
6. Blooming marvellous! Take a trip around Scotland during the Scottish Snowdrop Festival
No matter how much you love winter and snow, by February most of us are longing for the warmer weather and lighter nights. However, before we wave goodbye to winter for another year, the annual Scottish Snowdrop Festival is the perfect way to round the winter season off! while details of this lovely festival in 2022 are still to be confirmed, you can still enjoy these beautiful blooms at The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, Cambo Estate in Fife, Dunrobin Castle in the Highlands, and Logan Botanic Garden in Dumfries & Galloway which will be running its own Snowdrop Sundays. In fact, why not hit the road and see a few of our favourite gardens in all their winter glory? Check out Discover Scottish Gardens website for more information.
7. Sample the very best of Scotland’s handcrafted spirit at a gin festival
Spend a day dedicated to gin at the Helensburgh Gin & Fizz Festival (19 February) and the Dunoon Gin & Fizz Festival ( 26 February). Enjoy a wide variety of craft gins from distilleries across Scotland. Gin lovers will truly be spoiled for choice with the range including everything from old favourites such as the classic Gin & Tonic or get a taste of some other alternatives – you never know it might be your new favourite tipple! Meet the makers and try your hand at making your very own concoction, learn more about the different brands, and most importantly take some of the bottles home with you to try out with different mixers.
8. Romance and Valentine’s Day – a great time to book a trip to Scotland!
With Valentine’s Day (14 February) just around the corner, now is the perfect time for you and your partner to do something a little different in Scotland. Why not climb up Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh while you take in the beautiful panoramic views of the city with your beloved. We highly recommend that you walk up just before dawn or dusk where you will be blown away by the glorious sunrise and sunset. Or take a romantic boat cruise down the “bonnie, bonnie banks” of Loch Lomond and explore a whole host of uninhabited islands. Although the weather might be chilly, Scotland’s best beaches are a joy to visit at any time of year. Visit Calgary Bay and take your date along its white sandy beaches as you watch the skies of the Isle of Mull be engulfed by the beautiful sunset.
If you really want to pull out all the stops, splash the cash on a luxury 5-star hotel. Fairmont, St Andrews, Cameron House on Loch Lomond and The Balmoral Hotel are just a handful of hotels renowned for their luxurious facilities where you can enjoy the finer things in life. Treat yourselves to a spa break at a glamorous establishment like Stobo Castle, the Old Course Hotel, Airth Castle and Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort; all of which offer a wide selection of spa treatments, high quality food and drink as well as breathtaking views.
9. Get the chance to see the Six Nations at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh
A day at the rugby is a great way to spend a day in the capital! With the Six Nations (5 February – 19 March) kicking off in February, there really is no better time to visit the city. Come along and cheer on the teams as they play thrilling matches at Murrayfield Stadium throughout the tournament. Check the Scottish Rugby website for ticket information. Whatever the result – win, lose or draw, the overall buzz and excitement from the game and the fans will keep you on your toes for the next 80 minutes!
We hope that we have enticed you to come to Scotland with just a snapshot of what’s hot this February. Looking for some more inspiration? February is a wonderful month to visit, but there’s plenty to see and do throughout the year too. Find out when to visit Scotland and start making plans!
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