Things to do in Scotland in February

Scotland’s landscape and colours can be quite dramatic in the winter months.  Although the days are short there are still things to do in Scotland in February.  February can be chilly as it boasts an average temperature of 5 degrees. There is a fair chance of enough snowfall for snow sports in the Highlands, but it is rare that snow is deep enough to close roads. And of course, there’s always wee pubs and cafes in the countryside that welcome visitors with their cosy open fires.

Things to do in Scotland in February Glencoe

Festivals and cultural events

Things to do in Scotland in February 2024

February Fest is a festival that takes place all month in Glencoe offering good craic, good beer, whisky tastings, pub quizzes, music, open sessions for musicians and more. There are also talks from experts about mountain safety. A great excuse to visit this beautiful Glen in the winter. This year it runs from 2nd February to the 2nd March.

For William Mountain Fest Things to do in Scotland in Feb

Visit the Fort William Mountain Festival for all things mountain and outdoorsy. It’s celebrating its 20th year in 2024 and runs from the 15th-18th February. The Fort William Mountain Festival brings together mountain sports enthusiasts, expert speakers, photographers and film makers in a celebration of mountain life. Visit the festival hub exhibition space and take part in workshops, hear from inspirational speakers and see films about mountain life and outdoor adventures. There are also guided outdoor events. You can find the full programme here.

Things to do in Scotland in February Inverness

Inverness Music Festival is a competitive festival of music, dance and speech, creating a space to develop skills in the Gaelic tradition. This year it runs over the weekends of 8th-11th March and 15th-17th March. Whilst many of the events are competitive the spirit of the festival is open and welcoming. The festival encourages people who are new to the performing arts or a bit rusty to come along and join in.

The Scottish Snowdrop Festival

Many gardens to visit in Scotland hold events throughout February as part of the Scottish Snowdrop Festival. Castle Kennedy in Galloway is holding events on weekends throughout February and March. Glamis Castle has planting sessions on the weekends of 17th-18th and 24th-25th February. Scone Palace has a Snowdrop Day on 24th February. You can enjoy the display of snowdrops along their guided trail or take part in a planting session with experts. Participants will get a gift of a few snowdrops to plant at home.

Things to do in Scotland in February Snowdrop Festival

Drunlamrig Castle in Dumfries & Galloway is holding a special Snowdrop Day in February when you can walk in the grounds to enjoy the display before the Castle officially opens to visitors in March. Hopetoun House similarly opens on one day only on February 12th for a day in the grounds to see the snowdrops. There will also be childrens crafts and trails that day. There are winter garden events, including snowdrop days at Cambo Gardens throughout February.

Family Friendly Events

Dundee Science Festival

Between Monday 12th and Sunday 25th February Dundee Science Centre is organising a city-wide programme of events and activities suitable for all ages. The festival aims to encourage people to explore science and the theme of the festival is “Discover, Explore, Play”. Keep an eye on the Dundee Science Centre website for more details about the festival programme.

Things to do in Scotland in February Dundee Science Festival

Visit Aberdeen between 8th and 11th February 2024 to see the City lit up by this free Festival of Light. Landmarks across Aberdeen will host stunning light installations and immersive artworks. This year the festival is in its 10th year and explores the theme of “Connections”. Alongside the stunning illuminations there will be other family-friendly events in the programme, such as storytelling. More details on the Spectra festival website.

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Rent one of our luxury campervans for hire in Scotland and see what Scotland has to offer in winter. There are some fantastic things to do in Scotland in February. Just remember to wrap up warm. Our top of the range VW campervans for hire are all fully insulated and have heaters so you’ll not get chilly when you are out on the road. Everything is included in the campervan rental price and we’ll happily provide you with extra bedding and blankets free of charge. 

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