CUSTOMISED TOURS OF SCOTLAND IN JANUARY
Nordic Visitor specialises in custom-made travel experiences in Scotland, so it’s possible to book a privately-guided or self-drive tour in January to see Scotland at your own pace. With a custom private tour in Scotland, you will get the peace of mind of a local expert guide and driver, who will take you around the country in a comfortable 4x4 vehicle and tell you all about Scottish history as well as share funny anecdotes and stories.
If you prefer to do the driving in Scotland, we make it easy for you as all Nordic Visitor self-drive tours include vehicle rentals with free GPS and two authorised drivers, so you can share the driving responsibilities with a travel mate.
WEATHER IN SCOTLAND IN JANUARY & DAYLIGHT HOURS
The weather in Scotland in January can change quickly, from rainy to sunny, so you should be ready for anything on January breaks in Scotland. Does it snow in Scotland in January? Snowfall is possible, particularly in mountainous areas, but rain is more common as Scotland's average January temperatures hover around 4°C (39°F).
To be ready for a range of winter weather conditions, it's important to consider what to pack for Scotland in January. We recommend bringing plenty of warm layers, including sweaters, fleeces and a waterproof jacket. If you want to do a bit of hiking in Scotland in January then you'll also need good walking shoes or boots -- ideally water resistant -- as well as a cap, scarf and gloves.
At this time of year, hours of daylight are short, as the sunrise in Scotland in January is around 8 AM and sunset is around 5 PM. For this reason, we recommend making the most of your sightseeing during the day and curling up at night with some good Scottish food and a glass of whisky, to experience the warm Scottish hospitality.
WHERE TO GO & WHAT TO DO IN SCOTLAND IN JANUARY
There are many places to visit in Scotland in January, including several of the top attractions in the Scottish countryside! While some historic attractions may be out of bounds this time of year, the ones that are open will give you a much more private and quiet experience as the crowds are smaller at this time of year. Where to visit in Scotland in January all comes down to the duration of your visit and how many sites you feel like fitting into every day.
Edinburgh and Glasgow are both perfect for city breaks in January, but this doesn’t mean you can’t extend your stay and enjoy an adventure into the majestic Highlands to see the famously rugged landscapes. Visit the city of St Andrews, with its dramatic cliffs and home to the oldest university in Scotland. Head north and visit castles on the Aberdeenshire Castle Trail, or experience some winter activities in the Cairngorms National Park. As it doesn’t get cold enough to freeze the lakes over, why not experience the mysterious Loch Ness or Loch Lomond with a boat cruise? With a week to travel, you can also head further west to visit the iconic Isle of Skye.
THINGS TO DO IN EDINBURGH IN JANUARY
Visiting Edinburgh in January can be a much quieter affair than in the summer, with fewer visitors at larger sites like Edinburgh Castle, however there are a few notable events to take advantage of in the Scottish capital. The famous Edinburgh Christmas market, one of the largest in the UK, is open in the city centre into the first week of January. It’s never too late or too early for some festive spirit!
Another major event in the city, Burns Night in Scotland on January 25th, is a uniquely Scottish cultural experience this month. This holiday celebrates the famed Scottish poet Robert Burns and takes place the night of his birth date, January 25th, and often longer through the week. It’s is one of the biggest celebrations in Scotland as people gather for a traditional haggis dinner and dance a traditional ceilidh. If you’re interested in taking part, many restaurants and pubs in Edinburgh hold special Burns Night events.