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…
1. Attend a uniquely Scottish festival
There are still plenty of festivals to attend in November so why not sample some of the tastiest gins at Stirling Gin Festival (1 & 2 November), sample some delicious drinks at Fizz Feast, Scotland’s only sparkling wine festival, at the Edinburgh Academy on 42 Henderson Row (16 November), dance the night away at a ceilidh at Oban Winter Festival (15 – 24 November), celebrate liberating literature at Book Week Scotland (18 – 24 November), or marvel at the works of Shetland’s craft-makers at the Shetland Craft Fair.
2. Have an indoor adventure
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.
3. Explore the redeveloped Aberdeen Art Gallery
This year will see the reopening of Aberdeen Art Gallery (2 November) which has recently undergone transformational renovations. 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.
4. Celebrate St Andrews Day
Come and join us for a celebration of Scottish culture and history on St Andrews Day (30 November). This occasion may only occupy one day in the calendar but that doesn’t stop us raising a toast to the patron saint of Scotland and our national day throughout the whole month of November with a series of food, drink, music, and dance events as well as festivals to enjoy.
5. Come and spectate the TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup
This November, Glasgow is hosting the second round of the TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup series in its very own Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome (8 – 10 November). It is set to be a nail-biting, unmissable event so why not make a trip to Scotland this November to come and cheer on your favourite cyclists.
6. Try some delicious dishes at Michelin-star restaurants
For all the foodies out there, don’t miss the chance to have lunch or dinner at one of Scotland’s nine Michelin-star restaurants. There are several in Edinburgh including The Kitchin, or why not venture to The Cellar in Fife and Braidwoods in Ayrshire. You can be sure that your tastebuds will be tingling with the mouthwatering tastes of Scotland!
7. 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.
8. Take a distillery tour or attend a whisky festival
There are still distilleries that remain open throughout the winter months for you to take tours of and discover the processes of making Scotland’s national drink. Some of these include Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery and Glenmorangie Distillery in Tain.
There are also several whisky festivals dedicated to tasting a variety of whiskies, including Glasgow Whisky Festival (9 November), The Faffless Whisky Festival (2 November), and Drambusters Whisky Festival (30 November). So, grab yourself a dram and make the most of these festivities!
If that’s not enough to persuade you to visit Scotland in November then discover what else is happening during the year with our annual events calendar.