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Highlanders know how to party, come and join the party this New Year with an Inverness Highland Hogmanay!   Hogmanay is a memorable event in Inverness. If you are lucky enough to be in Inverness for Hogmanay aka NewYears Eve get ready for a fantastic Highland Hooley!!!

What’s different about a Scottish New Year?

  • You have to get to grips with the lingo and Tradition?

First Footing is a Scottish tradition and a great excuse to go out visiting friends and party. It is believed that to ensure good luck the first person to cross the threshold after midnight should be a dark male. Supposed to be a throwback to the Viking days! When a big blonde stranger arriving on your doorstep usually meant big trouble and more than likely an unhappy New Year!!

  • Toast the Bells!

You will hear people talking about the bells before New Year, for example “Where are you going for the bells?”  These people are not looking for a church but asking each other where they will be at midnight when the bells strike!  At the bells in Scotland it is mandatory to have a glass in your hand!  Be ready to be kissed and of course get into full voice to sing “Auld Langs Syne”

Where to Party in Inverness?

  • Red Hot Highland Fling, don’t forget to make your plans for New Year aka Hogmanay, come and celebrate in the Capital of the Highlands Inverness!!  You can join Scotland’s largest FREE New Years Eve party The Red Hot Highland Fling hosted by comedian Craig Hill. The party is located at the Northern Meeting Park Arena. Join the Highland Hooley with 10,000 party goers!  It’s a family friendly event, Hot Food and Bar on site and features fireworks at midnight by Fireworx Scotland, car parking is available.
  • Rhythmnreel: If you are looking for a more intimate setting then check out the Ironwork who have planned their own Hogmanay bash presenting Rhythmnreel. The band will deliver a party playing anything from traditional Ceilidh music to a Rod Stewart cover. You can buy tickets here. Doors open at 2100, over 18’s only and tickets from £14.00
  • ROCKAMANY @ New Year in Inverness. If you love rock music then you may want to check out Rockamany at the Tooth and Claw Pub in Inverness. The Tooth and Claw presents live music from COBALT, Never Knowing, Sasquatch and more.
  • BOGMANAY, take in the New Year at Bogbain Farm just outside Inverness. Enjoy entertainment from BBC Scotland’s Bruce MacGregor. Followed by a Ceilidh dance then live music from Blazin Fiddles to take in the Bells. Doors open at 2100 and the event ends at 2am. Tickets are priced at £27.50 see here for more details

Where to recover in Inverness?

It’s New Years’ day in Inverness and perhaps you have enjoyed one too many whiskies or just need to blow the cobwebs away!  Then make sure that you step outside, take a leisurely stroll along the River Ness. Perhaps stretch the legs a little more and hop across the Ness Islands. Alternatively you can take in the view from the castle.  All these sights are a few minutes from the Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa. So step in and and warm up with a Starbucks or perhaps a little hair of the dog!!

Where to Stay in Inverness?

Say Goodbye 2017 & Hello 2018 in Inverness this Hogmanay!  Inverness is a great place to take in the New Year and experience a Highland Hogmanay! Book your 2018 January Sale Escape at the Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa. Enjoy free car parking, free wifi and don’t forget the lovely leisure club, stretch out on a lounger or take a dip in the pool. Your bargain escape beckons with prices from £34.95pppn based on 2 sharing a classic room.  Call us on 01463 223243 or book here



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