How to Embrace Hogmanay: New Year Breaks in Scotland


Ceilidhs, street parties and great balls of fire?  It can only be Hogmanay in Scotland!  For a truly authentic experience and to really embrace New Year in Scotland, why not stay in your own home-from-home?  Self-catering gives you the freedom and flexibility to celebrate in your own way, whether you want to enjoy local traditions and firework displays or simply cuddle up in front of an open fire.

From apartments ideal for city street parties to cosy cottages for a Highland Hogmanay, EmbraceScotland has a selection of self-catering accommodation perfect for your New Year break in Scotland.  Browse our New Year breaks for holiday cottages with availability over New Year – and see the real Scotland this Hogmanay.

Here are some Hogmanay Highlights!

Stonehaven Fireball Festival

Thousands of visitors flock to the Stonehaven ‘Fireballs’ ceremony every New Year’s Eve to watch around 45 participants parade up and down the High Street in the Old Town, swinging fireballs around their head. This fantastic fire festival is sure to light up your Hogmanay! Make the most of your visit by staying in self-catering in Stonehaven or self-catering Aberdeen.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

It doesn’t get much bigger than this – Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is a 3 day festival, with events, bands, traditional dancing, a torchlit procession, a Viking long boat and, of course, the famous Street Party. Crowds gather from across the world to celebrate the start of the New Year in Edinburgh, and you can get a taste of it by watching Edinburgh’s Hogmanay video. For complete independence and flexibility this New Year, stay in self-catering in Edinburgh.

Glasgow’s Hogmanay

For another festival and more fun, fiddles and fireworks, celebrate Hogmanay with Glasgow. There will be family friendly activities from 10am to 10pm on December 31st in the central George Square and New Year celebrations with special guests (with more information appearing soon on Glasgow’s Hogmanay). Why not discover the self-catering Glasgow has to offer and really get to know the city?

The Flambeaux, Comrie, Perthshire

Comrie Flambeaux is an ancient torchlit procession – as midnight strikes, the torches are lit and paraded around the village behind a pipe band. Experience the tradition of Hogmanay and enjoy the Flambeaux festivities by staying in self-catering in Comrie.

The Red Hot Highland Fling Hogmanay

Have a red hot Highland Hogmanay this year! Scotland’s biggest free Hogmanay party is held on the banks of the River Ness, featuring music from Highland bands Hoodja, Bags of Rock, Wolftone and Skerryvore.   Why not make it really authentic and stay in your own holiday home in Inverness or holiday cottage in the Highlands.


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