Hogmanay in the City in the Highlands!

If you are looking for a truly authentic Scottish New Year experience, then why not head for the heart of the Highlands – the spiritual home of Hogmanay!

From a city break in the Highland capital of Inverness, where Hogmanay will be marked by dedicated celebrations, to a stay in the surrounding wildernesses, which are perfect for relaxing and recharging ready to face the year ahead, this iconic destination is the perfect place to see in 2013 in style.

Inverness Hogmanay Celebrations 

If you are spending Hogmanay in or around Inverness you can choose from a wide range of Hogmanay hoolies and Celtic ceilidhs at venues around the city on New Year’s Eve, or join 10,000 revellers for the Red Hot Highland Fling in the city’s Northern Meeting Park Arena. This FREE event is open to all – and will be hosted by Scottish comedian and Edinburgh Festival veteran Craig Hill for the second year running.

Music to dance the night away in traditional Highland Hogmanay style will be provided by top Scottish rock band Big Country, as well as the Treacherous Orchestra, Whisky River Band and Skerryvore, all of whom promise to provide tunes to help bring the New Year in with a bang.

Traditional New Year in Inverness

The big-scale Caledonian ceilidh will be filmed by the BBC and, as the bells and fireworks herald the arrival of 2013, guests will form part of the televised nationwide Auld Lang Syne – singing along to the Scottish Bard Robert’s Burns timeless lyrics set to their traditional tune.

The event is family friendly, but for parents who prefer to go it alone, Inverness will also provide the perfect opportunity to wear out the wee ones earlier on New Year’s Eve – with the Wee Hot Highland Fling in Inverness city centre from noon to 3pm.

Musicians, dancers and costumed characters will be on hand in various locations around Inverness, providing an afternoon of entertainment to delight and dazzle – whatever the weather – organisers advise you bring your camera and wrap up warm for some great family fun to round off 2012.

Hogmanay in Stunning Highland Surroundings

And of course, once you’ve enjoyed the craic in Inverness, the surrounding Highlands offers a great choice of ways to clear your post-Hogmanay head. First foot your way along one of many great walks through the local wilderness with both the Cairngorms and Glen Affric easily accessible, choose to cruise on legendary Loch Ness or discover the area’s beautiful beaches – the perfect place for a seasonal stroll.

Spot deer or dolphin on one of the area’s many wonderful wildlife tours, or see the New Year in with a swing on one of the nearby world-class gold courses before enjoying some Highland hospitality at one of the great local hostelries serving up drams of locally distilled whiskies.

However you choose to spend a Highland Hogmanay you can be sure you will make memories that will last for years to come.

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