People often balk at the idea of traveling in the off-season. Some simply can't get the time off work but for those who can, traveling in the period between October and February can be even more rewarding than traveling in high-season - especially when it comes to countries like Scotland where weather plays less of a factor. Below we outline 11 reasons why you should consider visiting Scotland in the lesser traveled winter months.
1. Even on its darkest, rainiest, windiest days, Scotland is stunning.
2. And when the sun does shine, you will be in awe of just how much more beautiful it can be.
Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness
3. It’s less expensive to travel off-season so you can stay in a really nice hotel.
Cameron House on Loch Lomond; Photo Credit: Visit Scotland
4. You’ll have the place to yourself
5. You will be filled with Christmas spirit after witnessing Scotland’s Christmas Markets.
Glasgow Christmas Market
6. You’ll get to warm up by a turf fire at the end of the day.
Kinloch Lodge, Isle of Skye
7. You may see Shetland ponies wearing tartan raincoats or cardigans
Photo Credit: Visit Scotland
8. You might just be lucky enough to stumble upon a Scottish wedding.
9. The locals are friendly, furry and very cute.
10. Snow-capped mountains provide an impressive backdrop to ancient castles and make you think you have stumbled upon a fairy-tale.
Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe
11. Whether it’s the off season or the high season, Scotland is amazing. If you have the opportunity to visit, just go and experience it for yourself! And have a “wee dram” for us! Slàinte mhath!