Scotland Journals

Winter Fun In Scotland

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A travel journal to Scotland by Denise Scotland

Xscape Photo, Glasgow, Scotland More Photos
Quote: There is lots to do in the winter in Scotland, here are some things I have experienced.

A Walk Through History

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Dunfermline Heritage walk is a free event which takes place every January the 2nd at 1.30pm and attracts visitors from the local area as well as tourists who want to learn about Scotland’s alternative royal mile. Dunfermline is now a busy and modern town but within a square mile radius there are plenty of reminders of the towns royal connections.The meeting point for the walk is the Mercat cross on the pedestrianised High Street, walkers from all over the world are met by volunteer guides and the walk begins. The walk starts off by going down the High Street and Bridge Street past the City Chambers with its stunning architecture and elaborately carved stonework and into Pittencrieff Park t...Read More

Princes Street Gardens

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Attraction | "Walking In A Winter Wonderland"

Princes Street Gardens Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Every winter Princes Street Gardens in the centre of Edinburgh is transformed into a winter wonderland with an ice rink, fairground, visits from Santa and his reindeer and much more. A visit to the gardens during December is guaranteed to get all members of the family into the Christmas spirit.East Princes street Gardens is the venue for the ice rink. The ice rink is open from 10am to 10pm in December and skate hire is included in the ticket price. This is always a popular attraction and you can see people of all ages enjoying trying their hands at skating, some cautious people barely let go of the side while others whizz around confidently and they all have a smile on their face. The ice ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 2, 2010

Princes Street Gardens
Princes Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH2 2YJ

Scottish Hogmanay Traditions

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New Year has always been a huge celebration in Scotland, in fact it has only been in the last 50 years or so that Scots took Christmas day off work as Hogmanay was always the main winter holiday in Scotland. Hogmanay is the traditional Scots name for December the 31st, Auld Years Night is another common phrase used for that day.First footing was alive and well when I was a child but seems to have died down a bit lately. First footers simply visited the houses of friends, family and neighbours to wish them a Happy New Year after midnight taking gifts of black bun, shortbread and the all important bottle of whisky! Superstition has it that it is good luck if the first person to cross the thr...Read More

Xscape

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Attraction | "There's Sno! Place Better Than Sno!zone!"

Xscape Photo, Glasgow, Scotland
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Scotland is well known as a winter sports destination but the Central Belt of Scotland receives hardly any of the white stuff. Spending days sledging was one of my favourite activities as a child but since my kids have only experienced one winter with a lot of snow they have not had that same experience so as a Christmas treat I decided to book a family sledging experience at the Sno!zone within Xscape in Glasgow. Of course I booked weeks in advance and we have had one of the coldest winters in decades so they have had lots of chance to play in the snow this year but they still enjoyed their day out.Sno!Zone is a fantastic indoor ski slope in the Xscape leisure complex near Braehead in Gla...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 22, 2009

Xscape
Kings Inch Road
Glasgow, Scotland
+44 0871 222 5672

Edinburgh Christmas Markets

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Attraction | "Festive Fun"

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Edinburgh, like many other cities up and down the UK hosts a continental market during the festive season, the city boasts two main markets with unique characters and they make an enjoyable trip for some unusual treats. The markets open in late November and are opened by the Lord Provost signaling a start to the festive period and they trade until Christmas Eve opening daily from 10am to 10pm. The German market comprises around 30 small wooden huts on The Mound Precinct next to the National Gallery of Scotland. It sells a mixture of German food and drinks, sweets, wooden toys, Christmas decorations and ornamental goods. The stalls are all manned by German men and women and I ha...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 14, 2009