For those wanting to experience New Year in Scotland, what better way than to journey up to the Highlands to experience this most Scottish of festivals?
Hogmanay is an excellent excuse to party!
Traditionally, the peat fire blazes brightly as midnight approaches. 'First-footing' should ideally be a dark and handsome man, 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 plentiful drink and food.
Much of the partying goes on indoors - New Year 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 packages to suit all ages. Here are some of them...
Sleeps up to 18 overnight guests.
Located just outside Edinburgh.
Spending New Year at Carlowrie Castle will not fail to satisfy the inner child in all guests as they experience the magic and wonderment of the season's celebrations. This December the castle will be lighting the entrance with twinkling candles and enhancing the elegant rooms with breath-taking decorations, created to enhance sparkling flutes of Champagne and exquisite dinners.
Sleeps up to 10 overnight guests.
Set on the shores of Loch Creran.
Bed and breakfast accommodation with New Year's Day dinner.
Everything in Barcaldine Castle is perfect; the warm welcome, the beautifully clean and comfortable room, the delicious breakfast, the stunning location. We enjoyed every minute of our stay in our very own castle and would highly recommend Barcaldine. - Kate Twitchin, Looe, UK
Sleeps up to 6 overnight guests.
Located in Moffat, in the heart of southern Scotland.
Self-catered (vacation rental).
Available for Christmas or New Year 2016, Lochhouse Tower is offered for a 7 night stay, arriving on 23 or 30 December 2016. The tower sleeps a maximum of 6 guests and can be yours for just £2250 per week.
Sleeps up to 72 overnight guests.
20 minutes south of Edinburgh.
Can be offered for an exclusive use wedding or house party.
New Year's Eve is the best time of the year...why not make 2016 one to remember by getting married on Hogmanay?
If you're lucky, you may even have snow to add to the magic. The Scottish Highlands are definitely a must when it comes to celebrating New Year in a castle!