For those wanting to experience Hogmanay in Scotland, what better way than to journey across the border to experience this most Scottish of festivals? Hogmanay is an excellent excuse to party!
Whatever you are looking for, we can help you find the perfect castle to spend a New Year holiday.
'First-footing' is a traditional Hogmanay custom where a man (ideally dark and handsome!) crosses your threshold in the New Year, bearing gifts. A variety of symbolic gifts may be carried, such as a small piece of coal, or a chunk of peat. These gifts symbolise warmth. A bottle of whisky and some shortbread are welcome gifts too - symbols of food and drink.
Much of the partying goes on indoors - Hogmanay is the one night of the year when having friends and neighbours call after midnight is normal and welcome! There are street parties in many towns, together with fireworks, pipe bands and a lone piper to pipe in the seconds to midnight.
We have a variety of castles offering a selection of Hogmanay packages to suit all ages. Here are our top 3 recommendations:
Party at a magnificent 15th century Scottish castle situated on the very edge of the sea. Ackergill Tower is just 15 minutes from John O’Groats. The tower is offered for exclusive hire for a minimum 2 night stay for groups of up to 67.
Prices start at £10,000 per night for bed and breakfast accommodation.
Celebrate New Year at Ackergill Tower
Enjoy one of the most scenic locations in the Scottish Highlands, nestled within a luxury castle with stunning views of Ben Nevis.The castle is offering a 3 night Hogmany break with prices starting at £625 per person per night.
Located in the Dumfrishire, close to Gretna Green, Springkell is the perfect venue for a family celebration or house party. Sleeping up to 28 overnight guests, the house is available at a rate of £4500 per day for exclusive-use, for a minimum of 3 nights.
Celebrate New Year at Springkell
Other castle options available throughout the UK, Ireland and France, can
be viewed on our New Year Page.
If you're lucky you may even have snow to add to the magic.
Scotland is definitely a 'must' for Hogmanay if you're looking for somewhere to
celebrate the New Year!