Things to do in Inverness this Winter
Winter is well and truly upon us, and what better time to visit Inverness than during its beautiful wintry glory? Here, you’ll find snow-capped landscapes, glistening Loch Ness waters and soaring pine trees that make up the perfect winter scene. At Kingsmills Hotel, our January sale provides the perfect excuse for you to visit our historic city. So, here’s our guide to things to do in Inverness this winter:
Remember, Remember the 5th of November?
While Guy Fawkes isn’t one of the more traditional winter festivals, it certainly is one of the favourites. On the 5th of November, the biggest bonfire and fireworks spectacle in the north of Scotland gets underway at Bught Park. A highlight in Inverness each year, large crowds flock to the banks of River Ness to watch the heavens come to life in a dazzling display of pyrotechnics.
Flicking The Switch On Christmas
No matter how early your local supermarket decks the aisles with endless tinsel, it just isn’t Christmas until the annual Christmas Lights Switch On. On the 22nd of November, Santa and the Lord Provost head to Inverness Town House to shed some light on Christmas by opening up the winter festivities. And like all winter festivals in Scotland, this age-old tradition is a treasured night out for the whole family.
Setting The Stage For Christmas
If you’re looking for things to do in Inverness this winter, how about a trip to our theatres, art galleries and music venues? Many pubs and bars will be hosting live music over the winter months, from soulful acoustic to hard rock. For arty Inverness upcoming events, why not visit the Laundry Gallery or North Lands Creative Glass for exhibitions? And, if you’re still stuck for what to do in Inverness, why not ask our friendly reception staff for some inside knowledge? They will point you in the direction of some fantastic local sights and attractions in Inverness.
In celebration of Inverness’ spectacular winter festivals, Eden Court Theatre will be stealing the Christmas limelight. Taking their cue from the Christmas Lights Switch On, they will host a range of show stopping festive performances. The Christmas curtain will go up on the 8th of December with an escape to Neverland in the theatre’s annual pantomime, Peter Pan. If Captain Hook and the Lost Boys isn’t your scene, trim the holly with mince pies, mulled wine and the best of the 50s in Holly at Christmas – a tribute to the music of Buddy Holly.
Christmas Shopping In The Bag
Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket and waiting for Christmas Eve to do your shopping, why not head to the highlands for some Christmas shopping … or as we like to call it, some retail therapy. Ideal for picking up all your Christmas bits and bobs, Inverness’ city centre is the perfect place to find the latest high-street fashion or small-town quirks. Whether you shop Eastgate Centre’s many stores, explore the charming Victorian Market of visit the Christmas Food and Craft Fair at Eden Court on 20 – 22 November, Christmas shopping in Inverness is sure to pay off.
The Highland Fling Has Flung
When it comes to winter festivals in Scotland, it doesn’t get better than toasting the bells at Hogmanay. While the Red Hot Highland Fling may be the biggest free Hogmanay party in Scotland, we’ve got the hottest Hooley in Inverness. This year, we’re kicking up our heels and dancing to the wee sma’ hours with a good ol’ Hogmanay Gala Ball. With a sumptuous 5-course dinner, live entertainment and traditional Ceilidh, this year, we’re the belle of the Hogmanay Ball.
Winter Nature Walks
In the winter months, the landscapes around Inverness are covered in a blanket of glistening snow or ice, creating a magical scene. So, wrap up warm, and take a walk around the banks of the Loch Ness, enjoying views that stretch out over the water. Or, take a short drive to the Cairngorms National Park in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Here, you can take a guided walk with crampons and soak up the great outdoors. You might be lucky enough to witness the majestic northern lights when night draws in. Then, why not head to the ancient Caledonian Pine forest, and look out for wild animals like pine martin. Finally, end your day in our Kingsmills Hotel Whisky Bar, with its wide range of malt whiskies and cocktails.
One of the best things to do in Inverness this winter is to warm up than with a drop of Scotland’s finest tipple. Taking a guided tour at one of our whisky distilleries will give you an insight into how our famous drink is produced. And, there will be plenty of opportunities to try a wee dram along the way. Whisky distilleries are among the best winter tourist attractions in Inverness. At Tomatin, you can fill your bottle directly from the cask, while Dalwhinnie offers a chocolate and whisky pairing experience. Then, when you’ve gained the knowledge, why not sample different whiskies in our pubs and bars in Inverness? At the Malt Room in central Inverness, you’ll find many whiskies from Scotland and around the world. Here, you can also enjoy delicious whisky tastings in the evenings with knowledgeable staff. Don’t forget to visit our very own Kingsmills Whisky Bar for a warming nightcap.
Fitness and Wellness
No start to the New Year is complete without a few resolutions vowing to take better care of your body and mind. So, why not book our special January Sale offer and treat yourself to a wellness stay in Inverness? Here, you can play golf on one of five world-class golf courses, including Inverness Golf Club, right next to Kingsmill Hotel. Then, after a day on the green, indulge in a pampering treatment at our very own Kingsclub Spa. Here, you can enjoy the Grotta Giusti Thermal Mud experience, or a relaxing and fragrant aromatherapy massage. And, don’t forget our Leisure Club with modern gym and indoor heated swimming pool.
So visit Inverness this winter!
So, there’s no better time to start planning your trip. There are so many great things to do in Inverness this winter! Book your stay with us today. Call us on 01463 237 166 or contact us here for more information.