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A Scottish Hogmanay in The Highlands

19 December 2018


A Scottish Hogmanay in The Highlands – A Long Standing Tradition

For those of you not from Scottish origin Hogmanay is the Scots word for the last day of the year and is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year in a very special Scottish way. There really is nowhere quite like Scotland and the spirit of Scottish people who celebrate New Year in true party style where no-one is a stranger.

Historically, Christmas was not observed as a festival and Hogmanay was the more traditional celebration in Scotland. 'The Bells' is the expression used commonly is Scotland referring to the midnight hour when New Year's Eve becomes New Year's Day.

Robert Burns has now become synonymous with New Year due to his song' 'Auld Lang Syne' which is belted out all over Scotland at the stroke of midnight, but in many English-speaking countries.

Even the Guinness Book of World Records lists 'Auld Lang Syne' as one of the most frequently sung songs in English. The song is sung or played in many movies, from 'It's a Wonderful Life' to 'When Harry Met Sally’ taking Robert Burns all over the world.

To really celebrate this year head to Macdonald Aviemore Resort in Aviemore where an extravagant New Year package is available to book. There’s a choice of a Family Hogmanay Break or a grown up Black Tie Hogmanay Break.

Family Hogmanay Breaks with Macdonald Aviemore Resort

  • Indoor activity centre with soft play and activity rooms for children of all ages
  • Indoor swimming pool with large flume and wave machine
  • Aladdin panto in the resort’s cinema
  • Festive inspired food stalls with a great choice for children and adults
  • Hogmanay dinner with entertainment
  • Traditional Ceilidh & pipe band
  • Magnificent fireworks display just after midnight
  • New Year’s Day party and carvery

Grown Ups Hogmanay Black Tie with Macdonald Aviemore Resort

  • Indoor heated pool with sauna, steam room, whirlpool bath and gym
  • Aladdin panto in the resort’s cinema
  • Festive inspired food stalls with a great choice of dishes from around the world
  • On Hogmanay our Black Tie extravagant dinner
  • Traditional Ceilidh & pipe band
  • Magnificent fireworks display just after midnight
  • New Year’s Day party and carvery
  • Beauty treatments available to book

After the celebrations explore the beauty of the Cairngorms and a visit to Loch Morlich in all its winter glory is highly recommended.

Cheers to a wonderful Scottish New Year and a great start to 2019!

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