New Year’s Eve in Scotland – traditional cottage in the Scottish Highlands

Small cottage hidden in the mountains. Fire sparkling in the darkness. New Year’s Eve in Scotland can be great. But New Year’s Eve in the Scottish Highlands can be even better!

New Year's Eve in Scotland - cottage in the Scottish Highlands #Scotland #Highlands

I’ve been always dreaming about spending New Year’s Eve in the mountains. I was imaging snowy peaks, a sky full of stars and a cosy house somewhere in the middle of nowhere. And finally, I managed to make it true! For New Year’s Eve we went to the small “Hazelbrae” cottage, just a few steps from the lake, surrounded by the mountains.

New Year’s Eve preparations

When you are planning New Year’s Eve in Scottish Highlands, you need to remember two things.

First – to book it well in advance. Can you believe, that some people book even 1,5 year ahead? Sometimes, you might be lucky and get a place last minute, like we did, but you need to look for it a lot. You can find some great cottages on Holidaycottages, Booking.com and Airbnb. With this link, you can get £25 off your first Airbnb booking.

The second thing is the weather. It’s unpredictable – oh, hello Scotland! You need to be prepared for everything, including stormy winds and heavy rains. My 4-season packing list for Scotland will help you to take all you need.

But don’t let the weather to destroy your plans!

New Year’s Eve in the Scottish Highlands

Even with the bad weather, it’s still great. Why?

  • You can sit the whole night in front of the fire on the soft carpet. Eat. Drink. Listen to the wind outside.

New Year's Eve in Scotland Highlands fireplace

  • The view from your bedroom window is stunning

New Year's Eve in Scotland Highlands sunrise

  • Even if at night the rain is so strong, that you can’t sleep, and in the morning you find the hail in the grass – you are happy, that it was in the night, not during the day, when you want to at least TRY to go out 😉
  • The cottage feels so peaceful and quiet when it rains outside
  • You can play tons of board games

board games New Year's Eve in Scotland Highlands

  • Or drink your favourite alcohol with friends

New Year's Eve in Scotland, Scottish Highlands New Year's Eve

  • At midnight you can join huge traditional Scottish Hogmanay bonfire made by the locals and watch fireworks in the middle of the dark night

Bonfire New Year's Eve in Scotland Highlands Hogmanay

Discover the area in the Scottish Highlands – the Isle of Skye

Our cottage was located very close to the Isle of Skye. It’s one of the most beautiful places in Scotland, so we decided to check it out.

It’s raining, but you don’t give up and go. Then you can see some views. Like this one:

Isle of Skye for New Year's Eve in Scotland, Scottish Highlands New Year's Eve

You watch goats fighting in the middle of the road.

You stop to see Elian Donan Castle, where you almost get blown off by the wind.

New Year's Eve in Scotland Highlands Hogmanay Isle of Skye

You get crazy happy when you see a small piece of blue sky.

New Year's Eve in Scotland Highlands Isle of Skye

You jump out of a car for a few minutes to enjoy the views and take a picture, fighting very hard with the wind to keep your camera still.

New Year's Eve in Scotland Highlands Isle of Skye view

You go to the south part of the island, where there is only one road, in order to just see some nice views and 3 houses at the end of it. You spot sea eagles on the way (unfortunately, no photos)! And even Highland cows are surprised why you are in the middle of nowhere in the weather like this.

You can also meet happy Highland cows!

But you don’t give up! Your persistence is rewarded with a longer moment without rain, so you use it to do a short hike and see the famous Old Man of Storr. New Year's Eve in Scotland Highlands Isle of Skye Old Mann of Storr

You also stop near Kilt rock, where the wind finally takes your hat away

New Year's Eve in Scotland Highlands Isle of Skye Kilt Rock

But there is a surprise in the small port town – Portree – the sun comes out!

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And in the only open restaurant in town, you can have a massive Fish and Chips.

There is no place like… the cottage in the Scottish Highlands!

Then you come back to the cottage, where you still have many activities to do.

You try to write “2015” using broken sparklers, broken lighter and the broken candles lightened from the barbecue.

New Year's Eve in Scotland Highlands Hogmanay-6

Then you take a well-earned rest and look for some stars in the sky.

New Year's Eve in Scotland Highlands stars

And the next morning welcomes you with the weather like this.

New Year's Eve in Scotland Highlands the road

After all, you know, that even though not everything was perfect, the New Year’s Eve in Scotland, spent in the cottage in the Scottish Highlands is so worth it.


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