Every year we are faced with the dilemma about where to go and what to do for Hogmanay. And the pressure is on for us as Scotland is considered to be one of the world’s best New Year’s Eve destinations! With December 31st just a few weeks away, we really ought to start planning how we will be welcoming 2019 in.
So will you go for the usual house party or will you make 2018 the year for doing something completely different? To help inspire you, we’re bringing you 10 of the best suggestions for how to celebrate Hogmanay 2018.
1. Indulge In Scottish Luxury
Begin 2019 as you mean to go on with three nights in the lap of luxury at a Scottish castle. At Inverlochy you will experience a typically Scottish New Year. Arrive on 30th December, before enjoying clay pigeon shooting on the morning of Hogmanay, then afternoon tea, before a Champagne reception, black tie dinner and a ceilidh. The next day, there will be more entertainment at the castle in the form of falconry displays and sheepdog trials, before a second afternoon tea and supper. Renting a suite in the castle would set you back around £5100. For more information, click here.
2. Dance The Night Away
Count down to 2019 in style with one of Glasgow’s most vibrant Hogmanay parties. The DoubleTree By Hilton Glasgow Central is promising a whole night of glamorous celebration with a Champagne reception and sumptuous five course dinner plus fabulous entertainment from a traditional piper and ceilidh band and Heart Radio’s Paul Harper. Why not don your glad rags and hit the town and bring in the bells with a bang!
Even better, if you plan to welcome in the new year with the family, there is a Family Party available too which promises fun for all ages with a kids’ disco and buffet. For more information click here.
3. Rent an entire castle in the Highlands
Escape to your own private castle in the Scottish Highlands and rent out Ackergill Tower. The 15th century castle invites you to leave the usual New Year celebrations at home and “experience the magic and mystery” of Ackergill Tower
The luxury castle, which boasts amazing sea view and vast landscapes, offers a Hogmanay celebration with a difference – and has enough space to accommodate you and up to 72 of your closest friends and family overnight. It is one of the grandest settings to welcome in 2019. You can enquire about hiring the castle to be exclusively yours this Hogmanay by clicking here.
4. Embrace Historic Tradition
The Stonehaven Fireballs Festival is a New Year tradition in Aberdeenshire that dates back to the Viking age and the fireball parade attracts around 10,000 visitors each year. Enjoy a procession with flaming balls of fire and a pipe band before the fireballs are thrown into the harbour to symbolise getting rid of all the bad luck from the previous year.
People who attended last year’s event – one of the oldest New Year traditions in the world – describe it as “amazing” and a “great alternative to bring in the bells”. The event is free and for more information, visit facebook.com/stonehaven.fireballs
5. Ceilidh In The Capital
If you prefer your celebrations indoors, jig your way to the Assembly Rooms on Edinburgh’s George Street? It is regarded as “the Scottish capital’s biggest and finest ceilidh ball at New Year’s Eve” and is spread over two ballrooms at the venue. And it’s a glamorous affair, so think highland dress, ball gowns and tiaras. Tickets are £45 (£99 for VIP) and available from the Snow Ball website, by clicking here.
6. Take To The Trees
If you fancy making Hogmanay 2018 your opportunity to get closer to nature, why not stay in an elevated platform with stunning views of the Scottish landscape. There are a number of treehouses in Scotland such as Harvest Moon Holidays, could this be your perfect New Year getaway in secluded spots?
7. Have a Hoot
The Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh invites you to “laugh your way to the end of the year” at its annual comedy night, Hootfest, which takes place on Hogmanay. The doors open at 6.30pm and the show starts at 8.30pm.
Home-cooked hot food is available and because the show finishes before the bells, you are able to pop outside and watch the midnight fireworks, before heading back inside to toast the year ahead in the comedy club. Tickets are priced £27.50. For more information click here.
8. Find Your Rhythm
From December 29th to January 3rd you are invited to enjoy an ‘open floor movement practice’ with experienced teachers Deborah and Arjan. Over the five-day ‘Brand New’ event you will enjoy day and evening dance sessions – many with live music – as Deborah and Arjan bring their open floor movement practice to this New Year gathering in the Universal Hall Arts Centre in Findhorn. Besides dance classes, there is time for walks, dinner each night, access to a hot tub, and a late night Hogmanay party. For more information click here.
9. Get Very Cosy
Biggar Bonfire is a continuing tradition dating back hundreds of years to pagan times when fire was used to ward off evil spirits. Preparations for building the huge fire begin at the start of December, before it is lit in Biggar Corn Exchange on the High Street around 9.30pm on December 31. More information on Biggar Bonfire will be released on its Facebook page throughout November.
9. Ditch The City
Why not ditch the city this new year and head for the farm? Bogbain Farm in Inverness invites you to their Hogmanay party, Bogmanay. Now in its 6th year, Bogmanay is usually a sell-out event.
There are two types of tickets available: the VIP ticket includes a three-course meal and designated seating for the whole evening starting at 7.30pm, while the standard ticket is £30 and includes entry to the venue at 9pm with access to the ceilidh and disco. Everyone gets a bacon roll (vegetarian option available) just after the bells, and it’s on until 2am. You can book by clicking here.