By Gabbi Armstrong
Communications Project Manager for the North Coast 500
Published: 30th November 2018

How to spend New Year’s Day

The first day of the New Year is the ideal time to relax, unwind and take a look at the weeks and months ahead. There are plenty of options to consider here – you may be looking to start the New Year with a burst of activity, or perhaps a slower pace is needed after a night of celebrations!

Start 2019 with a splash

A cleansing way to begin the New Year – and a guaranteed way to shake off the cobwebs – is to go for a swim! Join the locals at Dores beach on the morning of New Years day, just outside Inverness, and take a dip in the North Highland waters. This isn’t an organised event, so you’ll need to come prepared with all the equipment you’ll need for a bracing outdoor swim.

Watch a shinty game

Shinty is a popular sport throughout the Scottish Highlands. A team game played with sticks and a ball, comparisons are often made with field hockey – although the two games have many important differences. Learn more about this traditional Scottish game by attending The Lovat Cup on the 2nd January, a competition between two local shinty teams, Lovat and Beauly at Beauly Shinty Park.

Go for a walk

No matter which part of the North Coast 500 you’re spending Hogmanay on, the North Highlands abound with beautiful scenery and wonderful walking routes. Lace up your walking boots, wrap up warm and get out and about for a bracing winter walk. Head over to our blog for plenty of advice and inspiration on where to walk this winter.

Relax, unwind and feast

Sometimes, particularly if the weather isn’t playing ball, stay in your self catering accommodation feast in your self-catering cottage…or book a meal at a restaurant along the route (book well in advance and check opening times first) ie. The Priory in Beauly, The Bannockburn Inn in Helmsdale.

Photo: Dores Beach, Loch Ness

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