11 Breathtaking Photos of Scotland in Winter

Scotland's stunning vistas and spectacular cityscapes look wonderful in all seasons, of course, but there's something about winter that adds an extra touch of magic. Snowcapped mountains, glittering cities, crisp mornings and starry nights all create beautiful scenery. Take a look at these fabulous photographs and we think you'll agree that winter in Scotland is truly spectacular.

  1. Buachaille Etive Mòr Glen Etive

    Buachaille Etive Mor

    Waking up on a frosty morning is well rewarded with views such as this one of Buachaille Etive Mòr near the entrance to Glen Coe.

    Plan your hike up Buachaille Etive Mòr

  2. Aberdeen Harbour Aberdeen

    Aberdeen Harbour

    Herald in a new winter's day by taking a crisp stroll along the beach in Aberdeen before nipping into one of the city's cosy cafés for a hot chocolate.

    Soak up the seaside at Aberdeen beachfront

  3. Rannoch Moor Perthshire

    Lochan na h-Achlaise im Rannoch Moor

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    Night time in winter is beautiful - watch as the sun sets at Rannoch Moor and wait for thousands of twinkling stars.

  4. The Ring of Brodgar Orkney

    Der Ring of Brodgar, Orkney

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    Take in the view as the sunlight casts shadows across a misty landscape at the Ring of Brodgar in Orkney.

    Visit the Ring of Brodgar

  5. Beinn an Lochain Arrochar Alps

    Die SnowRoads Scenic Route, The Lecht

  6. Bridge of Orchy Argyll

    The Bridge of Orchy near Glencoe

    Deer herds seek lower grazing in winter - so have your camera at the ready!

    Find out more about the Bridge of Orchy

  7. Red Squirrels Scotland

    Ein Eichhörnchen, Aviemore

    © Neil McIntyre

    And be on the lookout for red squirrels too - did you know they can use their tail as a blanket in winter?

  8. Cairngorm Mountain Cairngorms National Park

    Das Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, Aviemore

    Scotland's five mountain resorts come to life in winter, perfect for learning and honing your ski and snowboard skills.

    Find out more on our snowsports page

  9. Barns Ness Lighthouse Dunbar

    Dunbar high street and Toolbooth.

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    The depths of winter is a great time to get amazing views of the night sky - both for stargazing, and spotting the Northern Lights.

    Get inspired by the Northern Lights

    Best spots for stargazing in Scotland

  10. River Stinchar Galloway Forest Park

    A view over the treetops to Loch Ken in the middle distance, with thickly forested mountains beyond.

    © Dumfries & Galloway Council / Mark Geddes, all rights reserved.

    Whether you find yourself in the north or south of Scotland you can be treated to gorgeous wintry scenes - we can't guarantee the snow though! 

  11. Inverurie Aberdeenshire

    Castle Fraser, Aberdeenshire

    © VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins

    One thing's for certain - you need a thick coat to stay cosy during Scotland's winter. Inverurie is only 16 miles from Aberdeen and the perfect place for castle spotting in the north-east of Scotland.

    Explore the town of Inverurie 

If you can't get enough of Scotland's wintry landscapes, choose from our selection of winter break ideas to help get you started. From whisky trips to Islay to a weekend of arts and culture in Glasgow, you'll truly be spoilt for choice at this time of year.

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