A perfect Christmas itinerary for Scotland. The country was much like the rest of Christian Europe in celebrations. Scotland has an ethnic and cultural background. Edinburgh and Glasgow, two major cosmopolitan cities, have enough entertainment. Art, culture, and history to keep occupied for a few days. You’ll fall in love with the city and its people, and you’ll want to visit this country as soon as possible.
It is possible to see some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world outside of the big cities. The area is full of castles, raging rivers, lofty mountains, calm lochs, and ancient islands. Archaeology dates back thousands of years.
You’ll get a different perspective on the Scots and their Gaelic heritage if you visit the little towns and villages in the countryside. Welcome to this beautiful realm.
Travel Plans for Christmas in Scotland
Here is a two-week plan that should cover a wonderful Christmas season in this land of kilts and bagpipes.
Day 1 & 2: December 19th and 20th.
Traveling from Scotland, you should expect to lose anywhere from 7 to 12 hours in flight time, depending on where you came from.
Edinburgh International Airport is Scotland’s busiest airport, straightforward to get in and out. From ten kilometers outside the city center, it’s accessible via tram, bus, taxi, limousine, or vehicle.
Day 3: December 21st.
On the first day to Edinburgh, even though you like to be groggy after your flight, there’s plenty of time to explore the city.
Preparation for your day started with a relaxing lunch at the hotel restaurant. It’s wintertime in northern nations; you’ll want to keep warm.
Visit the Christmas Market on your first afternoon there. The largest in Scotland is at Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens. Be ready to have some fun, savor the mulled wine or cider, the fairground rides, Santa Land, fantastic presents, and delicious cuisine.
You’ll be able to experience the city’s lights, music, and entertainment before the sunsets. Choose from restaurants and bars to dine out on the town.
Day 4: December 22nd.
One more day to explore the city’s old streets, shop, or visit a palace. The holidays wouldn’t be the same without some fun in the snow! It’s time for a night out and movies tonight. They usually put on the Nutcracker at Christmas time, if you like classic Christmas performances.
The Snow Queen and Sleeping Beauty. It’s nearly a prerequisite that you see at least one pantomime during the current panto season. With or without understanding the language, the experience is enjoyable.
Day 5. December 23rd.
Last day in Edinburgh before the holiday season. There’s still time to get that last-minute present, visit distinctive shops on the Royal Mile, or visit Holyrood Palace and the National Gallery. Everywhere you turn, you’ll see Christmas decorations and lights.
The Castle of Light is stunning at ancient Edinburgh Castle in the evening. This 90-minute lights display illuminates the 900-year-old structure’s internal walls and depicts the history of Scotland that will excite the whole family.
DAY 6 – THE 24TH OF DECEMBER (Christmas Eve)
Scotland’s Highlands is ready for its annual Christmas in a castle. Leave the hotel and make your way to the mountains or by train. A few of these castle retreats are listed below.
A bottle of champagne and the Highland grin awaits you when you arrive in the afternoon at your hosts’ home. Gather the study or library for a pre-dinner scotch with your other guests after and get ready in your rooms.
Scottish Highlands, home to some of the world’s best scotch whiskey. Spend some time roaming the ground and taking in the sights of the castle before the Christmas Eve meal.
DAY 7: DECEMBER 25TH (Christmas Day)
Start your day with a Scottish breakfast that includes blood pudding. Greetings from all who gathered in the great hall to exchange gifts, sing carols, and warm ourselves with mulled wine. Take part in a Christmas service with your neighbors.
Take a soak in the tub or go for a brisk stroll in the woods and heather. After a day of relaxation, sit down to a traditional Scottish Christmas dinner.
Day 8: December 26th.
Prepare for the day’s events by eating a hearty breakfast, donning cozy clothing, and heading to the castle. There are a variety of activities, from skeet shooting to wildlife excursions to kayaking on a nearby lake or simply walking around the ground.
After, there is a billiards table or card game and some of that fine whiskey in the game area.
Day 9,10 & 11: December 27th, 28th, and 29th.
Before saying your goodbyes, enjoy your last meal with your companions. Returning to the city would be premature, so let’s go on a Highland adventure instead—several ski resorts to choose from, ranging from small, beginner-friendly slopes to more challenging terrain. The vantage at the summit never fails to wow.
Make ice climbing, snowshoeing, wildlife tours, dog sledding trips, outdoor curling, or wandering the paths. Alternatively, if none of that sounds appealing, you may always pick a spa with large windows so you can relax.
When you’ve finished, and it’s still bright outside, take a peek up into the night sky. It’s possible to get a glimpse of the Northern Lights if you’re fortunate to see them.
Day 11: December 30th.
Back in the city for Hogmanay preparations. A lovely hotel downtown if you want to party, or a quieter location farther out if you don’t want to be disturbed. One more Christmas event should be on your list if you have the time.
Lights illuminate in Edinburgh’s 70-acre botanical gardens. Make your way along the trails, and you’ll enjoy these dazzling lights, along with the mulled wine, snacks, and fire pits.
DAY 12: THE 31ST OF DECEMBER (New Year’s Eve)
Scottish New Year’s Eve is called Hogmanay. A midwinter festival in the Norse or Celtic cultures. Adults celebrate Hogmanay on New Year’s Eve, while children celebrate Christmas.
Alternatively, you can attend a dinner party at a ballroom or go all out and party on the street. It doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of bagpipes or kilts, haggis, fireworks, or light displays. Party all night long.
Day 13: January 1 (New Year Day)
In the New Year’s Eve celebrations. The Scottish ritual of ‘first footing’ usually starts about midnight. Ideally, the first person who comes to your door in the new year will be a dark stranger who brings you coal or whiskey served as a present.
A year of excellent fortunes is a must to do. Even if you haven’t recovered from the night before, make the most of your last full day in Scotland. Get mementos or last-minute purchasing done before you go. Eat classic Scottish food at a pub.
Make plans for your vacation in Scotland now. Get ready for a Christmas vacation.