January is a quiet month as the days are short and everyone has to get their heads down after the festivities of Hogmanay. The average temperature is around 5 degrees but it can feel colder when the wind blows. The mountains are likely to have snow and the ski slopes will be on tender hooks hoping for a good snow cover and plenty of skiers.
Burns Night Celebrations
You’ll find plenty of opportunities to celebrate the birth of Robert Burns, Scotland’s national bard. The traditional meal of haggis, neeps and tatties is usually accompanied by poetry, song and of course a few drams. Burns Suppers will be held throughout Scotland on the 25th of January.
Up Helly Aa
This festival takes place at the end of January in Shetland. The day involves a series of marches and visitations, culminating in a torch-lit procession and the burning of a galley.
Celtic Connections is the largest winter festival of Celtic music and brings together musicians from around the world.
The Great Stirling Castle Run
A challenging 7km run with a 190m steep elevation taking you through and round historic Stirling.