Hogmanay Break in Pitlochry, Scotland

    Hogmanay Break in Pitlochry Scotland

    Hogmanay 2023 in Pitlochry will offer a perfect opportunity to get away from the frustrations and difficulties of the past few years. Just to head off to a place of stunning natural beauty, to slow down, maybe take some walks or visit a beauty spot will have a therapeutic quality. Then, there’s the chance to enjoy the company of like-minded folk, tuck into some delicious meals and enjoy a wonderful evening’s entertainment, bringing in the bells with newly made friends. The town’s fireworks light the skies at midnight and log fires burn outdoors to warm the air. Just the time for a delicious mulled wine with which to warm the fingers. Rosemount’s Hogmanay Break in Pitlochry is just the ticket for a true getaway New Year’s Break.

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     3 or 4 night DBB Hogmanay Break in Pitlochry

    Rosemount Hotel’s Hogmanay Break in Pitlochry consists of a 3 or 4-night stay on a DB&B basis.  A limited number of rooms are available on a B&B basis with dinner as an optional addition. Given that most guests have booked to dine already, we have engaged the able services of keyboard-vocalist Scott Murray to ensure that a great atmosphere prevails throughout the evening. We’ll be seeing the New Year in under the capable guidance of this Master of all ceremonies.

    On the morning of the 1st January, we have a late breakfast/brunch from 10.30 am. A piper will greet the New Year outside the Restaurant and the Pitlochry Street party commences at 1pm

    Prices for our  Hogmanay Break – from 3 Nights DB&B, with optional Dinner any evening. New Year’s Day Brunch at 10.30 am will replace breakfast. You may view our pet friendly rooms before making your booking.

    Tariff for Hogmanay (eg 2 person rate – 3 nights with option to extend)

    Rates quoted above include Dinner, Bed and Breakfast. There will be music for listening and dancing Hogmanay Eve until the bells.

    Staying Before or After Hogmanay

    Accommodation is open for single night stays on the 29th Dec, for those in transit to locations further north. There is limited availability for one night stays on the 29th and 30th, after which a 3-night Hogmanay minimum-stay applies. The opportunity for one night stays resumes on the 2nd January up until the 5th January, for those seeking a stopover enroute back home from further north.

    Pitlochry is a Famous Host for New Year Festivities

    Could it be that a Hogmanay retreat to Pitlochry is the ideal antidote to midwinter? If this is the case, then Scotland is the classic location in which to celebrate New Year. Furthermore, Pitlochry is renowned for its Hogmanay festivities with independent firework parties from midnight and a truly unique street ceilidh on the 1st January.  Folk visit from far and wide to join in this celebration of friendship and hope.

    Ensuite Bedrooms for Hogmanay in Pitlochry

    There can be no better way of bringing in the New year with your furry best friend than immersing yourself in an area of stunning natural beauty and endless scenic walks. Please check availability and pricing for B&B, below. Dinner is available at £25 for 2 courses, with supplements for further courses and specialist dishes, and can be booked, ahead, along with your room. Spaces for dining are limited and so advanced booking is recommended.

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    1st January 2024

    After your celebration into the early hours, we have a late morning brunch to ease us into the New Year. For those familiar with the New Year traditions of Pitlochry, you’ll know that there is a unique Ceilidh event held outdoors in Pitlochry High Street with a fiesta of Scottish music and dancing along its length

    There is an option for all guests to dine with us on any evening between the 29th December and the 4th January. For the duration of the 3 day Hogmanay bReak, dinner is included. Naturally,  some may prefer to extend their day out and return to the welcome of our fireside a little later, and so during this Hogmanay break, there is a B&B offering with optional Dinner. The fire is lit and awaits your return from our day enjoying the stunning Perthshire sights. Warm your soul, maybe with with some Winter Pimms. or savour a fine malt and enjoy the company of new-found friends.

    Terms for booking a Hogmanay Break in Pitlochry at Rosemount Hotel

    Dogs are most welcome in most rooms  at an additional charge of £7.50 per dog per night.

    Bookable with a deposit of the first night’s stay, refundable only for cancellations in excess of 30 days prior to arrival.

    The balance is due by10th December and is, by this date, non-refundable in case of cancellation .

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    Our location, just 5 minutes from the main street means that we are peacefully located, yet convenient for all that the town has to offer. We enjoy gorgeous views over the Tummel Valley and then upwards towards Ben Vrackie.

    The Hogmanay Tradition

    The word “Hogmanay” has been fully adopted as a Scottish term, but historical account shows that the name may have been derived from French cultures. Various regions had slightly different terms for rituals occurring around the New Year, such as the giving of gifts. Words such as hoguinané, hoginane and  hoginono were all derived from the 16th Century” aguillanneuf” – The giving of a gift at New Year. Until very recently, children and employees in Scotland were given gifts the first Monday in the year.

    This explanation is supported by a children’s tradition, practised in Scotland until the sixties, of visiting neighbours’ houses on New Year’s Eve and requesting and receiving small treats such as sweets or fruit.

    Where did it all come from?

    The association of hard partying throughout the New Year period may well have been a legacy of the Norsemen – Viking invaders – who celebrated the Winter Solstice with wild parties. The Norsemen also made a big celebration of Yule – the 12 day feast which became the 12 days of Christmas – or the daft days, as they were known in Scotland. The Protestant Reformation resulted in ban on Christmas for some Four Hundred Years. In the sixties, it was a normal working day in Scotland. Even now, in many parts of Scotland, Christmas is a very subdued affair compared with Hogmanay.

    Over the years each area of Scotland has developed its own rituals and customs associated with the New Year. The best known is the practice of first footing, whereby everyone has an open house immediately after midnight and all are welcome to call. Doors are generally open well into the first of January, though the visiting tradition now continues well into January.

    The first-footer over the threshold of each house would set the luck for the household for the coming year. A tall, dark man is always hoped for, symbolising a portent of the best kind of luck for the householders.

    Different gifts, indicating different elements of luck are traditionally brought along, such as coal, shortbread, whisky or fruit cake. Food and drink are given by the householder in return.

    Auld Lang Syne

    Many countries have adopted the singing of Auld Lang Syne, which is based on a Scots poem by Robert Burns. The common practice of crossing arms throughout is not practised in Scotland. Scottish folk prefer the version that more accurately follows the words of the song. Here, you just hold hands and swing arms gently until the last verse when arms are crossed and the circle dances to the centre and back at ever increasing tempo. Now mind you learn all this in time for your Hogmany Break in Pitlochry!

    Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
    and never brought to mind?
    Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
    and auld lang syne*?


    For auld lang syne, my jo,
    for auld lang syne,
    we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
    for auld lang syne.

    And surely ye’ll be your pint-stoup!
    & surely I’ll be mine!
    ‘nd we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
    for auld lang syne.


    We twa hae run about the braes,
    and pou’d the gowans fine;
    But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
    sin’ auld lang syne.


    We twa hae paidl’d in the burn,
    frae morning sun till dine;
    But seas between us braid hae roar’d
    sin’ auld lang syne.


    And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!
    & gie’s a hand o’ thine!
    ‘nd we’ll tak’ a right gude-willie waught,
    for auld lang syne.


    Regional Celebrations

    Regional celebrations include the fireball swinging at Stonehaven, where on the stroke of midnight a procession of people swinging fireballs on ropes over their heads pass through the town and hurl them into the harbour. Fireworks,  Pipe bands and Street Drumming accompany the festivities.

    Other towns in the north east have fire burning ceremonies of similar nature. People from the Glasgow area and the west coast enjoy celebrations based on singing dancing, eating steak pie, storytelling and drink through the night until daylight arrives.

    A Highland custom, now seeing a revival, involves getting up early New Years Day to have a family drink then to sprinkle the house with magic water from a ford near the house then to smoke the house with ignited branches of Juniper. Finally, the families fling open all doors and windows to draw in the fresh air of the New Year and the whisky bottle is brought to the breakfast table.

    Hogmanay in Pitlochry

    Pitlochry’s New Year’s Day Street Ceilidh is a relative newcomer to the Hogmanay Celebration scene. However, it has quickly grown in popularity and draws revellers from far and wide. The Band strikes and a Ceilidh commences, right there in the High Street. Onlookers submit to the mass swirl as the Gay Gordons and Dashing White Sergeant get into full swing along the length of the High Street. Mulled Wine and hot snacks ward off the winter chill . Sadly, for 1st January 2022, the Pitlochry Street party will not proceed. e look forward to seeing it back, in full swing, in future years.

    In Conclusion

    Rosemount Hotel, Pitlochry is offering Short Breaks of 3 days or more over the Hogmanay period. In summary, this includes bed and breakfast with optional dinner. We have 4 grades of room, with prices varying from £380 for 3 days (This rate applies to a Compact Double Room -suitable for 2 adults and a very small dog, only. Other rooms are available)

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