HOGMANAY IN THE HIGHLANDS

Are you preparing for Hogmanay in the Highlands, where the kilts are swinging, the bagpipes are skirlin’ and the haggis is donning its party hat?   Give us a call and we’ll be delighted to collect you from any airport or train station in Scotland and transport you to your highland accommodation.

If Inverness is your destination – the capital will come alive on Hogmanay with a parade through the city, led by Pyro Celtica and Harbinger Drumming Group, followed by the Red Hot Highland Fling – an outdoor Ceilidh and fireworks at the Northern Meeting Park. But wherever you’ll be on Hogmanay – here’s our guide to the perfect celebration:

Kilted Countdown: Forget counting down the clock at a glittering ball. Here in the Highlands, we have the kilted countdown. Each second towards midnight is marked by the swish of a sporran and the flash of tartan. It’s the only New Year’s countdown where wardrobe malfunctions are not just expected …. but actively encouraged.

Tartan Ensemble: Embrace your inner Vivienne Westwood and enjoy being part of the tartan fashion show, where every pattern, colour and combination is not only accepted, but celebrated. It’s the one night a year when clashing checks, plaid and tartan really are a mark of sartorial elegance.

Bagpipe Pibroch: Be serenaded by a haunting pibroch on the bagpipes as the clock strikes twelve. It’s a magical experience – especially as bagpipes are the only instrument that can simultaneously start a celebration and scare away evil spirits at the same time. Earplugs optional.

Ceilidh Dancing: No Hogmanay celebration would be complete without a Ceilidh. No need to worry if you’re not sure of the steps. The only rule is to have fun and not accidentally swing your partner across the room. Just remember: if in doubt, spin about and shout ‘heeuch’.

Resolutions 2024: When making New Year’s resolutions, keep it real. Instead of vowing to climb every Munro in 2024, aim for something achievable like mastering the art of eating haggis without making a face. Baby steps.

So, get ready to welcome the New Year in the Highlands – where the laughter is as hearty as the haggis, the kilts are swirlin’ and the dance floor is calling your name.   Slàinte mhath to a Hogmanay you’ll never forget! #www.scotland-inverness.co.uk