Explore a festive market adorned with twinkling lights, pick up unique presents and settle down by the fire for a warming dram. Scotland in winter is simply magical, this is why we’ve teamed up with VisitScotland to bring you the best of Edinburgh, Glasgow and beyond. Check out the packed programme of events and experiences in Scotland this winter. #ScotlandIsNow
Cities we fly to in Scotland
From Edinburgh's dramatic hilltop castle to the remote West Highland steam train, a Scotland holiday is a trip through an untamed landscape and noble history. Picturesque fishing ports with pastel-hued houses and the Shetland Islands heather-coated hills bring peace and tranquillity. Glasgow’s Georgian and Art Nouveau architecture keeps urbanites happy – discover our destinations in the list below:
Scotland’s capital city embraces the most wonderful time of the year and puts on a real show with Christmas markets filled with tasty food and drink and traditional crafts. There’s also the ice rinks, the 60-metre-high Star Flyer and Christmas Tree Maze, and all right on the doorstep of our main shopping area, Princes Street. Don’t miss the world-famous Hogmanay celebrations, spread across three days with the Torchlight Procession, spectacular fireworks and music concerts, and the ‘refreshing’ Loony Dook. Or escape into a world of folktales and fantasy at Edinburgh Zoo with The Giant Lanterns of China.
Explore the traditional Christmas markets of Glasgow for festive gifts and delicious street food, admire the beautiful lights in George Square and don’t miss the ‘Style Mile’, the best shopping in the UK outside of London. Don’t leave the city without catching one of the hilarious pantos or beautiful theatre shows at one of Glasgow’s many venues. If you really want to get in the festive mood, you’ll find Paisley Winterfest less than 10 minutes’ drive from Glasgow airport running from 24th November to 30th December.
Located in the heart of London, City airport is the perfect starting point for your trip to Scotland. There is only one terminal at London City airport so travelling is quicker than at other London airports. Enjoy the benefits of checking in and passing through security up to 20 minutes before your flight departs.
Save time at the airport by using Manage My Booking to check in 24 hours before your flight and print your boarding pass at home. If you need to print your boarding pass at the airport, you can collect it from a check-in kiosk or desk. If you have baggage to check-in, you can print your tags at a check-in kiosk before taking your tagged baggage to a Bag Drop desk.
Hire a car from Edinburgh and explore Dumfries and Galloway’s sandy coves, or take the Fife Coastal Route, which runs 85 miles (136 km) through picturesque villages of East Neuk, with their distinctive red pantiled roofs, right up to the historic town of St Andrews - the Home of Golf and the seat of Scotland's oldest university. From Glasgow take a leisurely drive around Loch Lomond and discover the beautiful rural countryside. Or from Aberdeen follow the 118 mile (189 km) Highland Tourist Route to Inverness.
Romantic getaways in Scotland
Take your loved one's hand to climb Edinburgh’s extinct volcano Arthur’s Seat for sunset city views. It’s easy to find romantic solitude in the remote Orkney Islands, where you can explore the lonely Neolithic landmarks. In noble, granite-clad Aberdeen, take a romantic stroll alongside the beach Esplanade, then dine on haute cuisine along the Castle Trail.
Family holidays in Scotland
Kids will love the hands-on exhibits at Glasgow Science Centre, its titanium curves gleaming on the banks of the Clyde. Edinburgh’s summer festivals are packed with family entertainment, from street theatre on the medieval cobbles, to the pipers and drummers at the Military Tattoo. Try and spot the chirruping dolphins and basking seals off Aberdeen’s coast.
Golf holidays in Scotland
The modern game is attributed to Scotland, and of course the legendary St. Andrews. Our flights to Edinburgh will have you within driving distance (no pun intended) from the historic home of golf. For those more adventurous, the Highlands offer some fantastic golf amidst glorious lochs and sublime mountains.
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Fairy Pools grace the hillside and Kilt Rock waterfall cascadesstraight into the sea.
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