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. Galloway Forest Park Dumfries & Galloway

    Starry skies oven Glen of the Bar, Galloway Forest Park

    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! Darker nights and more secluded locations away from cities and light pollution create perfect conditions for witnessing 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

  2. Falls of Falloch Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

    Falls of Falloch

    © @westhighlandways

    Nestled within the magical landscapes of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park lies the enchanting Falls of Falloch. The waterfall and surrounding pool take on an otherworldly quality in the winter, with icicles forming where the water falls, and the pool edged with ice and snow. Only three miles from the village of Crianlarich, the falls are easy to reach on a trip along the A82 to experience for yourself.  


  3. The Pap of Glencoe Glencoe

    The Pap of Glencoe in winter snow, Scottish Highlands

    © Airborne Lens / Liam Anderstrem

    Scotland's majestic snow-capped peaks are perfect for winter walks. Whether you're looking for a challenge in the wilds of Scotland, or just an easy-going stroll with immaculate views, there are plenty of choices that will suit the experienced walkers, the beginners and families alike.

    Enjoy a hike up The Pap of Glencoe

  4. The National Wallace Monument Stirling

    The National Wallace Monument

    © @scotland_in_lux

    The Wallace Monument is one of Scotland’s most iconic spots at any time of the year, dedicated to Scotland’s national hero, William Wallace. At this time of year, the epic tower is made even more striking by colourful winter skies and framed by frost-tipped trees. The tower is open all year round, but you should double check their opening times before visiting, especially if there’s adverse weather.

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  5. Cairngorm Mountain Cairngorms National Park

    Skiers on the Cairngorm Mountain, Aviemore

    Scotland's five mountain resorts come to life in winter, perfect for learning and honing your ski and snowboard skills. When the snow hits Scotland's ski slopes it opens up a realm of winter activities to try out that the whole family can enjoy, from skiing and snowboarding, sledging, chairlift rides, winter events and more. 

    Find out more on our snowsports page

  6. Orkney The Orkney Isles

    The Ring of Brodgar in the Heart of Neolithic Orkney

    Take in the view as the sunlight casts shadows across a misty landscape at the Ring of Brodgar at Standing Stones of Stenness in Orkney. Some of the finest stone circles and standing stones in the world dating back to 2,500 - 2,000 BC, these historic sites do not disappoint. Historians and archaeologist have often debated how and why these standing stones came to be, with most people thinking of it being an astronomical observatory, a religious shrine or used for rituals. What do you think?

    Visit the Ring of Brodgar

    Visit the Standing Stones of Stenness

  7. Glen Etive Ballachulish

    Loch Etive seen from Glen Etive

    Waking up on a frosty morning is well rewarded with views across the stunning sight of Glen Etive. Winter walks are refreshing and allow you to see Scotland's iconic sight in a whole new light, but the weather can change quickly so it's important to always plan ahead, check the weather forecast before you head off and make sure you take all the correct clothing and equipment with you.

    Explore Glen Etive

  8. Winter wildlife Scotland

    The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd

    There is plenty of wildlife to be found in Scotland in winter and we think they can look even better in the snow. Visit the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre for your chance to see the only free-ranging herd of reindeer in the UK, or keep your eyes peeled for red squirrels who stand out in snowy weather! Did you know they can also use their tail as a blanket in winter? Scottish wildlife in winter is an amazing sight to see; animals changing into their winter coats to survive harsh weather and birdlife blending into the crisp, white snowy landscapes.   

  9. Wintry Scottish castles Scotland

    Castle Fraser in the snow

    One thing's for certain - you need a thick coat to stay cosy during Scotland's winter! Scotland's castles are even more picturesque in the winter months, all it takes is a layer of snow to look like something out of a storybook. Although some castles are closed over the winter, many have extensive grounds which offer the ideal opportunity for a woodland walk. 

  10. Rannoch Moor Perthshire

    Sunset at Lochan na h-Achlaise on Rannoch Moor

    Night time in winter is beautiful - watch as the sun sets at Rannoch Moor and wait for thousands of twinkling stars. One of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe, Rannoch Moor is located in Kinloch Rannoch, just a short distance from Pitlochry in Perthshire. Here you can explore the vast open expanses of the moor and admire the stunning, untouched scenery that surrounds it.

    Enjoy the rural sights of Rannoch Moor

  11. The Granite City Aberdeen

    Union Terrace Gardens in Aberdeen city centre

    Scotland’s cities really sparkle in the winter, none more so than Aberdeen! On a crisp winter’s day, the sunlight brings out the glittery quality of the granite buildings, making it the perfect spot to enjoy some festive sparkle. Stroll through the newly refurbished Union Terrace Gardens, or wander along the beachfront before nipping into a café for a warming hot chocolate. Its northerly location means there are plenty of dramatic skies, from fiery sunrises and sunsets to cosy dark nights with twinkling stars.  


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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