The Scottish Highlands in winter is a truly magical place. It makes for romantic winter escapes with snow covered towering pines, crackling fireplaces and frozen waterfalls.
It is a time to experience tranquility amongst the picturesque winter scenery or wander for miles by foot, car or bike amongst the world’s most breathtaking landscapes.
As the Highlands change into an enchanting winter wonderland with snow dusted fir trees and glistening white snow under sunny skies, Black Sheep Hotels will keep you warm and cozy by a roaring fire while the snow falls gently outside.
Drive through beautiful valleys and spectacular landscapes with our list of Highland routes given below.
Three Second World War soldiers, whose story is told in a nearby museum, stand tall in bronze amidst the stunning views of the Glens.
Glencoe Valley is considered the most spectacular valley in the Scottish Highlands. The impressive mountains rising towards the sky and beautiful valleys are part of the breathtaking landscape that fascinates everyone who drives through it.
Famous for the spectacular drive, the seaside town of Applecross is on a remote peninsula in Wester Ross. If you enjoy a walk on the beach and some mouthwatering seafood in the village, it is a trip worth making.
In a quiet valley, 18 miles to the North-East of the Highland town of Fort William is a geological phenomenon that is unique in Britain. Glen Roy and its side valley are marked by 3 strange roads that circle the Glen. From the distance, they appear manmade but they are entirely natural, formed as lake terraces around a now long-gone lake that existed during the last ice age.
On a still day, Loch Hourn mirrors the heavens. Kinlochourn is an area of natural beauty at the end of 35 km of single-track road, which runs west from a junction with the A87 beside Loch Garry. Enjoy observing the ‘Monarch of the Glen’ and other wildlife on this beautiful drive.
On the narrow and winding country roads to the Isle of Skye you will encounter rugged mountains, waterfalls and shimmering lochs. The Eilean Donan Castle is on the village of Dornie on the route to Skye. This medieval 13thc castle is situated on an island where three sea lochs meet and one can see the Cuillin mountain range of Skye.
Enjoy winter outdoor activities with Nevis Range… www.nevisrange.co.uk. Listed below are activities offered:
The Gondola journey allows you to take in breath-taking panoramic views of the Scottish Highlands, including the Great Glen, Ben Nevis and surrounding areas. On a clear day this spectacular view can extend as far as the Inner Hebrides.
There are two relatively easy walks accessible from the Top Gondola Station to either, Sgurr Finnisg-aig (approx 45min return walk) or Meall Beag (1hr return walk), enabling visitors to enjoy and appreciate the magnificence and ruggedness of the Scottish Highlands.
The whisky trail is the one of the most popular Scottish experiences in the Highlands, which has the world’s largest concentration of whisky distilleries. Enjoy a wee dram as you explore any of the tailor made tours on offer.
Experience the wild magnificence of the real Highlands and enjoy activities like deer stalking, bird watching, fly fishing and trekking at the Tomdoun Estate. Just a 20-minute drive from any of our hotels. Enjoy outdoor sports in the company of one of Scotland’s most experienced ghillies.
Visit tomdoun-scotland.co.uk for more information.
OPEN from October to March. Cruise the Canal & Loch and visit Urquhart Castle on this three-hour cruise and tour. Your journey starts at Dochgarroch Lock, sailing through the famous man-made part of the Caledonian Canal onto the world-famous waters of Loch Ness. Hop ashore for 1hr to explore the ruin of the historic Urquhart Castle.
Experience the magnificence of the real Highlands and enjoy either an amazing outdoor experience on a Vintage Jeep Tour or a Wrangler Tour with Skye Jeep Tours.
Based from Broadford, the Vintage Jeep covers South Skye locations. Perfect for discovering the quiet, hidden corners of South Skye and avoiding the crowds.
Roof on or roof off, this is the fun way to see all the famous locations on Skye. Rapidly becoming a classic, the Wrangler takes you there in style!
For more information visit skyejeeptours.com.
Aim for an exceptional experience of Clay Pigeon Shooting, Air Rifles, Archery, Crossbows, Tomahawk throwing and Sling Shots. These are all available for complete beginners to enthusiasts (8 years and upwards) and for individuals, families or corporate events. Get your camera and capture the breath-taking views at the target centers which are amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the Highlands.
For more information visit www.crombieclayshooting.co.uk
OPEN from October to March. Likely to be closed on Christmas and Boxing days and 1st January. The tour is subject to the availability of our volunteer guides and the applicable charge is £50.
OPEN from October to March.
Closed: December 25th and 26th and January 1st and 2nd.
OPEN from October to March. The Castle is closed to the general public during the winter months, however, private guided tours can be arranged Monday to Friday between 11am to 12:30pm, and from 2:30pm to 4pm.
OPEN from October to March. Closed: December 25th and 26th.
Urquhart Castle sits beside Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland. The castle is on the A82 road, 21 kilometres south-west of Inverness and 2 kilometres east of the village of Drumnadrochit. Though built on the site of an early medieval fortification, the present ruins exists from the 13th to the 16th century.