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7 best hotels in Scotland for Christmas and Hogmanay

Here are seven hotels you can trust to make your Christmas and Hogmanay a special one

We’ve hand-picked seven incredible luxury destinations for Christmas and Hogmanay in Scotland that come into their own at this time of year and will take your festive celebrations to the next level this year

When it’s wild and wintery outside, Scotland is one of the best places in the world to get cosy by a roaring fire and spend some quality time with your friends and family over the festive period. And you just can’t beat a traditional Scottish Hogmanay – we’re well known for ringing in the new year with more style and passion than anywhere else.

Here, we’ve hand-picked seven incredible luxury destinations that come into their own at this time of year and will take your festive celebrations to the next level this year.

1 Fairmont St Andrews

St Andrews, Fife









This iconic hotel situated on the clifftops of St Andrews is set to host three Christmas party nights in 2021, with an arrival drinks reception in the main atrium, followed by a three-course meal with a half-bottle of wine per person, an evening of entertainment and DJ.

Christmas partygoers can choose from a Silent Disco on 3 December, Take That tribute band on 4 December or an Ultimate 80s night on 10 December. Prices start from £69 per person and overnight accommodation can be offered at a preferential rate depending on the date selected.

Meanwhile, you might choose to end 2021 with a bang thanks to Fairmont’s generous Hogmanay package, which includes two nights luxury accommodation, a five-course dinner including canapes on arrival and a  spectacular firework display overlooking the bay of St Andrews, with a glass of Moet & Chandon to toast – of course!


2 Prestonfield










Originally built as the grand home of Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, Prestonfield was designed for impressive entertaining and is the perfect place to celebrate the festive season with an exceptional evening of great food and entertainment in a grand, glittering ballroom.

You can immerse yourself in Prestonfield’s Winter Wonderland at party nights throughout the month (3, 4, 10, 11, 17 or 18 December). The evenings commences with a welcome cocktail, followed by a three-course dinner and coffee and mince pies. From festive classics to lively cabaret between courses, the entertainment lasts all night before carriages at 1am.

At Hogmanay, you can ring in the new year with spectacular food, drink and entertainment in the velvet and gilt splendour of Prestonfield’s Stables at the Hogmanay Ball.

To book, call 0131 662 2305 or email events@prestonfield.com.


3 The Pierhouse

Port Appin, Argyll









Spend the last evenings of 2021 in ‘seafood heaven’ at The Pierhouse in Port Appin. Situated on the picturesque shoreline of Loch Linnhe, The Pierhouse offers breath-taking views to the islands of Lismore and Mull. The small hotel and renowned Scottish seafood restaurant is one of Argyll’s most idyllic and romantic destinations.

The Pierhouse will be hosting a canape reception on the evening of 30 December 2021, followed by dinner, music, piper and fireworks at the end of the pier on Hogmanay. Packages are available for a three-night stay but guests are welcome to join just for the celebrations on the evening of 31 December.

To book, call 01631 730 302.


4 Trump Turnberry

Near Girvan, Ayrshire









True luxury hotels and accommodation effortlessly meet and surpass everyday needs, elevating the mundane events of sleeping and eating into once-in-a-lifetime experiences and offering excursions to fill those fleeting in-between hours with lifelong memories. Trump Turnberry does just that, with characteristic attention to detail and its own Adventures Hub, offering hotel guests and non-residents alike quad-biking, e-biking, paddleboarding, kayaking, archery, rifle target shooting and much more. 

Hogmanay guests will experience a traditional Scottish celebration at Turnberry, including a welcome by their resident bagpiper before an evening of champagne, exquisite dining and a dram to ring in 2022. The next day a New Year’s Day Brunch will get your year off to a luxurious start.


5 The Gailes Hotel

Irvine, Ayrshire

The Gailes Hotel has put itself on the map as a wellness destination this year thanks to its new luxury spa. If you’re looking to celebrate with family, friends or colleagues this month, Gailes’ Party Nights might be perfect for you.

Prices start at £39.95, including three-course meal and entertainment, and guests can make a night of it by receiving 15% discount on overnight accommodation at the hotel. Book in for 4, 10, 17 or 18 December.


6 Glenapp Castle Hotel

Ballantrae, Ayrshire









A five-star hotel boasting all the bells and whistles you might need at Christmas, Glenapp transforms into a winter wonderland for the festive season, a role it plays well, shrouded as it is in charming woodland.

An elegant Victorian castle in the Scottish Baronial style with sandstone battlements topped with turrets and towers, Glenapp hosts lavish three-night Christmas and New Year house parties – and you’ll have to be quick to book them.

At Christmas you can enjoy falconry displays, stargazing, clay pigeon shooting, archery, treasure hunts, open fires and new friendships – so something for all the family.

Meanwhile Glenapp’s New Year House Party is guaranteed to offer you a true taste of Scotland and memories for a lifetime. Luxurious bedroom Suites, Scottish pipers, whisky, fine food, a curling bonspiel, star gazing, champagne and of course a rousing rendition Auld Lang Syne.


7 The Torridon

Wester Ross









The Torridon, a grand dame of a hotel – once a Victorian hunting lodge – is one of the most well-placed hotels in the whole of Scotland. Set in 58 acres of parkland, overlooking Loch Torridon, with the Torridon Hills brooding over the landscape in the northwest Highlands, it’s a place to escape everything.

Christmas celebrations begin with  a traditional afternoon tea and welcome dram on Christmas Eve, followed by a three-course dinner in the three AA Rosette restaurant, while Christmas Day holds champagne and canapés, a full Christmas lunch, a guided walk, games and supper.

For Hogmanay, the Torridon offers a two-night, three-day celebration package that brings together a selection of indulgent dining experiences and joyous dancing. Chef’s New Year tasting experience offers a flavour of the Highlands, while a classic afternoon tea is offered every day of the experience, alongside full Scottish breakfasts each morning.

This special place to stay is so popular, it often gets booked up a year in advance, so it’s time to start planning for the 22/23 season.




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