Winter is a magical time to visit Scotland, whether you're looking for adventure on the slopes, winter festivals in the city or just somewhere quiet to enjoy long walks and enchanting winter scenery. Self-catering in Scotland over the winter months gives you fantastic value for money and an authentic experience of the real Scotland. EmbraceScotland has a selection of quality assured cottages, log cabins, apartments and lodges where you can really embrace winter - for some inspiring holiday ideas browse our Winter Breaks.
Here are 6 reasons to grab your hat, scarf and gloves and head to Scotland this winter.
Scotland becomes a playground for skiiers and snowboarders over the winter months, with fantastic alpine and nordic skiing on offer and five winter sports centres to choose from - the Cairngorms, The Lecht, Glencoe, Glenshee and the Nevis Range. Take a closer look at the skiing and snowboarding on offer with this video on the Scottish Ski Centres. For the freedom and flexibility you need to make the most of your days on the slopes, stay in self catering near the ski centres.
For more information on skiing holidays Scotland visit Ski-Scotland.
2. Winter Walking
If you're looking for solitude to enjoy a crisp winter's day, surrounded by snow-cloaked hills and spectacular scenery, find out more about winter walking in Scotland. What could be more perfect than panoramic views for lunch and dinner by a roaring fire in your own home from home? Whether you want to bag a Munro, do some Nordic walking or just go for long walks in the Scottish countryside, enjoy the independence of having your own base to return to with self catering for hill walking.
3. City Winter Breaks
There's nothing quite like a winter city break - wandering around street markets, ice skating, shopping... light up the dark nights from November to January with a trip to one of Scotland's cities.
Find out how Edinburgh Sparkles over winter, with one of Europe's largest outdoor ice rinks, a fantastic German market and a ferris wheel overlooking Princes Street. Or visit Glasgow for some retail therapy combined with events and activities in George Square, such as ice skating. Download a guide for information on what to see and do during Aberdeen's Winter Festival.
Experience winter in the city from your own holiday apartment - take a look at our self-catering for Scottish city breaks.
4. Winter & Ice Climbing
If you like to live on the edge, why not try some winter climbing? If you want to take hill walking to the next level and get up close with the rugged Scottish landscape, you can browse 50 of the best Scottish mountaineering routes on http://www.scottishwinterroutes.com/. If you're into ice climbing, Scotland is the number one spot in the UK for this adventurous sport.
5. Whisky Tasting
Experience a real Scottish winter glow with a whisky tour. Follow the Malt Whisky Trail around the Moray Speyside area, or explore the distilleries in the Scottish Isles for a warming way to spend a cold winter's day.
6. Extra Special Offers
Self-catering over winter means you get extra value for money with already reduced prices. But if you're looking for some added extras on top of the bargain prices, take a look at our Extra Special Winter Offers. Relax in your own winter wonderland, sit by the fire and read a book, or spend time with friends and family - have your ideal winter break at an ideal price.
Embrace winter in Scotland with EmbraceScotland.
Which part of Scotland would you most like to visit this winter? What kind of winter holiday do you prefer? Leave your comments below.