What do you visualise when you think about Hogmanay in Scotland? Crammed in with thousands of other people as you wait for the ‘bells’? Spending a fortune on a ticket to stand in the street all night?
How about doing things differently this year? New Year in one of the Kirkcudbright Holiday Cottages at High Kirkland offers all of the benefits of a Scottish celebration with none of the pressure.
All three cottages – The Byre, Robin’s Nest and Heron View – offer luxury and comfort for your stay and everything’s on hand for a fantastic start to 2018.
After the excesses of Christmas, exploring the countryside around the Galloway Holiday Cottages is a great way to blow away the cobwebs. The Visit Kirkcudbright website has a list of walks and hikes to suit all fitness levels and is a good place to start for information.
The joy of self-catering accommodation, such as the South West Scotland Holiday Cottages at High Kirkland, is that you can plan your own meals throughout your stay and make the most of local produce. You’ll find two small supermarkets, as well as smaller shops in the town and just ten miles away is Castle Douglas, the region’s food town which boasts specialist stores, delicatessens and its own brewery.
Of course, if you’d rather someone else did the cooking, you can always treat yourself at one of the restaurants, cafes or hotels in Kirkcudbright. Again, the Visit Kirkcudbright website can point you in the right direction
If you would like to venture out at midnight to bring in the New Year, locals gather by the clock tower outside the Tolbooth Arts Centre on High Street, usually complete with a piper and impromptu ceilidh dancing.
New Year’s Resolutions
And if you’ve organised your designated driver, you can be back in your holiday cottage in just five minutes, warming up beside the fire and deciding on your New Year’s resolutions.
For anyone feeling adventurous on New Year’s Day, there’s an annual ‘loony dook’ at Portpatrick Harbour, about an hour west of Kirkcudbright, where hardy souls run into the icy water. Whether it works as a hangover cure remains to be seen….
And if you’re happy staying tucked up indoors, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained with a large screen TV and DVD player in each cottage, as well as a selection of books, DVDs and board games.
However you decide to spend January 1st and prepare for the year ahead, you’re sure of a warm welcome at High Kirkland with everything you need for a relaxing break.
The Visit Kirkcudbright website can be found here.
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