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Autumn & Winter in the Highlands

Autumn is one of the best seasons to visit Scotland. It is typically around September to late October that the changing colour of leaves in the woodland forests transforms from green to gold, orange and red.

The spectacular fall foliage is seen throughout the great outdoors of the Highlands from gardens to forests and grounds of stately homes and castles. This is the reason why people flock here from around the world.

The Scottish Highlands in winter is a truly magical place. It makes for romantic winter escapes with snow covered towering pines, crackling fireplaces and frozen waterfalls.

It is a time to experience tranquility amongst the picturesque winter scenery or wander for miles by foot, car or bike amongst the world’s most breathtaking landscapes.

Black Sheep Hotels celebrates the nostalgia of Christmas time as the Highlands change into an enchanting winter wonderland with snow dusted fir trees and glistening white snow under sunny skies. Our hotels will keep you warm and cozy by a roaring fire while the snow falls gently outside.

Celebrate Christmas & New Year
at Black Sheep Hotels!

With roaring open fires, views overlooking the picturesque Loch Lochy and snowcapped pine tree forests, The Whispering Pine Lodge embraces the spirit of Christmas delightfully. Spend the holiday season amidst the twinkling Christmas tree lights and halls decked with holly.

December 24th

Arrive on Christmas Eve in time to enjoy minced pies and our signature hot chocolate at the Burns Bar and sing along to Christmas carols performed by a choir at 6:30pm.

A traditional Christmas 3-course meal shall be served for dinner by candlelight at Lochside Brasserie. View our menu here…

View our Christmas package

December 25th
Christmas Day

Wake up on Christmas morning with a surprise gift in the stocking hanging on your room door.

Walk along the pebble beach on the shores of the Loch and take in the spectacular scenery of snowy pine forests.

Feast on our delicious traditional Christmas Day lunch buffet at the Lochside Brasserie from 12:30pm onwards and don’t forget to click a photo with Santa who will be around to meet the naughty and nice! View our menu here…

The Queen’s speech will be viewed in the lobby at 3pm.

Mulled wine and our signature hot chocolate will keep you warm by the cozy bonfire outdoors at 6pm. What could be more Christmassy!

A light buffet will be served for dinner at the Lochside Brasserie. View our menu here…

Non-residents are also welcome for the festivities.

View our Christmas package

December 26th
Boxing Day

Spend a leisurely day as you have a late checkout at 4pm.

December 31st
Hogmanay New Year’s Eve

Arrive in time for Afternoon tea between 3pm to 5pm at the Lochside Brasserie.

A New Year’s Eve 3-course meal dinner with musical performance at the Lochside Brasserie from 8pm to midnight. Raise your glass to the new year with merriment, champagne and singing the auld lang syne. View our menu here…

Non-residents are also welcome for the festivities.

View our New Year’s package

January 1st
New Year’s Day

Begin the New Year with a scrumptious brunch buffet served at the Lochside Brasserie from 9am to 2pm. View our menu here…

Just before dinner at 6pm, gather around the bonfire for roasting marshmallows while sipping on our signature hot chocolate.

A 3-course meal will be served for dinner by candlelight at the Lochside Brasserie. View our menu here…

View our New Year’s package

January 2nd

Spend a leisurely day as you have a late checkout at 4pm.

Outdoor Activities

Scenic Drives

Drive through beautiful valleys and spectacular landscapes with our list of Highland routes given below.

Three Second World War soldiers, whose story is told in a nearby museum, stand tall in bronze amidst the stunning views of the Glens.

Glencoe Valley is considered the most spectacular valley in the Scottish Highlands. The impressive mountains rising towards the sky and beautiful valleys are part of the breathtaking landscape that fascinates everyone who drives through it.

Famous for the spectacular drive, the seaside town of Applecross is on a remote peninsula in Wester Ross. If you enjoy a walk on the beach and some mouthwatering seafood in the village, it is a trip worth making.

In a quiet valley, 18 miles to the North-East of the Highland town of Fort William is a geological phenomenon that is unique in Britain. Glen Roy and its side valley are marked by 3 strange roads that circle the Glen. From the distance, they appear manmade but they are entirely natural, formed as lake terraces around a now long-gone lake that existed during the last ice age.

On a still day, Loch Hourn mirrors the heavens. Kinlochourn is an area of natural beauty at the end of 35 km of single-track road, which runs west from a junction with the A87 beside Loch Garry. Enjoy observing the ‘Monarch of the Glen’ and other wildlife on this beautiful drive.

On the narrow and winding country roads to the Isle of Skye you will encounter rugged mountains, waterfalls and shimmering lochs. The Eilean Donan Castle is on the village of Dornie on the route to Skye. This medieval 13thc castle is situated on an island where three sea lochs meet and one can see the Cuillin mountain range of Skye.

Cruise the Loch Ness

Departing daily at 11:00, 12:00, 13:00 and 14:00 from 1st November 2019 to 31st March 2020.

Nevis Range Experience

Enjoy winter outdoor activities with Nevis Range… www.nevisrange.co.uk. Listed below are activities offered:

Skiing, snowboarding, the high wire course and forest walks.

The Gondola journey allows you to take in breath-taking panoramic views of the Scottish Highlands, including the Great Glen, Ben Nevis and surrounding areas. On a clear day this spectacular view can extend as far as the Inner Hebrides.

There are two relatively easy walks accessible from the Top Gondola Station to either, Sgurr Finnisg-aig (approx 45min return walk) or Meall Beag (1hr return walk), enabling visitors to enjoy and appreciate the magnificence and ruggedness of the Scottish Highlands.

Enhance your photography skills and take a guided walk with experienced photographers at the Nevis mountain Range. So just aim and shoot for that iconic Scottish Highland shot!

Visit www.nevisrange.co.uk for more information.

High Spirit Tours

The whisky trail is the one of the most popular Scottish experiences in the Highlands, which has the world’s largest concentration of whisky distilleries.  Enjoy a wee dram as you explore any of the tailor made tours on offer.

  • Highland Whisky Discovery
  • Speyside Whisky Discovery
  • Skye Explorer
  • West Coast Lochs
  • “Nessie” Hunters
  • Bespoke Option

Visit www.highspiritstours.co.uk

Tomdoun Estates

Experience the wild magnificence of the real Highlands and enjoy activities like deer stalking, bird watching, fly fishing and trekking at the Tomdoun Estate. Just a 20-minute drive from any of our hotels. Enjoy outdoor sports in the company of one of Scotland’s most experienced ghillies.

Visit tomdoun-scotland.co.uk for more information.

Kintail Mountain Guided Walking Tours

OPEN throughout the year. Meander through the hills by foot and explore the dramatic landscape of the Highlands and enjoy insights from an expert guide.

Jacobite Cruise on Loch Ness

OPEN from October to March. Cruise the Canal & Loch and visit Urquhart Castle on this three-hour cruise and tour. Your journey starts at Dochgarroch Lock, sailing through the famous man-made part of the Caledonian Canal onto the world-famous waters of Loch Ness. Hop ashore for 1hr to explore the ruin of the historic Urquhart Castle.

Places of Interest

Museum / Heritage Centre

OPEN on request from 7 October to 31 March

OPEN from October to March. Likely to be closed on Christmas and Boxing days and 1st January.   The tour is subject to the availability of our volunteer guides and the applicable charge is £50.

OPEN throughout the year [10am to 4pm], except in January

Castles

OPEN from October to March.
Closed: December 25th  and 26th and January 1st and 2nd.

OPEN from October to March. The Castle is closed to the general public during the winter months, however, private guided tours can be arranged Monday to Friday between 11am to 12:30pm, and from 2:30pm to 4pm.

OPEN from October to March. Closed: December 25th and 26th.
Urquhart Castle sits beside Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland. The castle is on the A82 road, 21 kilometres south-west of Inverness and 2 kilometres east of the village of Drumnadrochit. Though built on the site of an early medieval fortification, the present ruins exists from the 13th to the 16th century.

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