As the colder, darker nights draw near, and a blanket of frost begins to cover the hills, Scotland truly does become its very own winter wonderland. So why not grab your hats and gloves and come explore Scotland before the year ends. Here’s a few of our top things for you to get up to in November…
Scotland is now operating a 5-level Covid-19 system on a local basis. This means different areas of Scotland will have different restrictions.
Find out what level each area is under and read more about the 5-level Covid-19 restrictions to plan and book ahead when considering your trip. You can search for businesses that are open , and Good to Go, where they have a Covid-19 risk assessment.
1. Be inspired by a fascinating museum or gallery
The sun may be hiding but that doesn’t mean you have to as well! The fun doesn’t stop in November in Scotland, with plenty of indoor attractions and activities for you to enjoy. Why not visit one of Scotland’s art galleries or museums and observe a variety of sculptures, art and heritage… some of our recommendations include V&A Dundee, The National Museum of Scotland, and Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. Or if you are wanting something a bit outside of the box then why don’t you challenge yourself to scaling an ice wall at the Ice Factor near Glencoe in Lochaber.
2. Take a little break away in one of Scotland’s cities
Scotland’s cities could offer you the perfect little getaway this November. Put Aberdeen on your list! The Aberdeen Art Gallery which has recently undergone transformational renovations, has a lot to offer, with a variety of new works and exhibitions the gallery is set to bring Aberdeen to life. So, if you’re an art enthusiast then this is a milestone not to miss. Find quirky streets to stay on in Aberdeen.
3. Celebrate St Andrews Day
Although it might look a little different this year, we’ll still mark St Andrews Day (30 November) on the calendar. Raise a toast to the patron saint of Scotland and our national day. Cook something Scottish with one of our recipes or watch a Scottish film to celebrate the occasion.
4. Stay cosy in a cute café
With the smell of coffee and hot chocolate, cosy ambience and the chance of a catch up, this month we’re loving the café scene – ideal for a hot beverage, a spot of gossip and maybe a wee bite to eat. Perhaps you’re looking to write your next novel, or just fancy a change of scene? Our cities and towns are filled with lovely spots to visit, but please check opening times and current restrictions in your area before you visit.
5. Sit under the stars in a hot tub at a log cabin
There are plenty of winter walks that you can venture out on to discover more of Scotland’s landscapes and wildlife and what a better way to relax after a day in the countryside than spending the evening in a hot tub at a beautiful log cabin. There are a variety of cabins for you to choose from in a whole host of different locations. You can drink hot chocolate till your heart is content and switch off from reality with family and friends.
*Please note, you can only stay in self-catered accommodation (including caravans, flats and holiday cottages) with your own household while the current restrictions on indoor private gatherings are in place.
6. Taste a dram of single malt whisky
Several distilleries remain open throughout the winter months, so you can discover the processes of making Scotland’s national drink. This year, there are a few changes to the experiences available, but you can still enjoy a tour and tasting experience at many distilleries across Scotland. Some of these include Glenfiddich Distillery (offering outside tastings) in Dufftown, Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery (takeaway drams – online booking essential) and Glenmorangie Distillery in Tain (takeaway drams).
7. Get your heart rate up with a thrilling mountain adventure
Even when the weather isn’t favourable, a day of downhill mountain biking through Scotland’s forests is still a great outing. The best part is, you will get muddy whatever the weather! The 7stanes routes across South Scotland are all open just now and offer custom trails for all levels, as well as bike rental and tuition. Why not try something a bit different this November?
If that’s not enough to persuade you to visit Scotland in November then discover what else is happening during the year with our When to Visit Scotland guide or find out more about Scotland’s online events over the coming months.