Pitlochry Hogmanay Hotels



Hogmanay in Pitlochry Scotland – An age-old tradition lives on.

Hogmanay Hotel Breaks Pitlochry

Pitlochry Hogmanay Hotels offer a rich variety of New Years break, matching great value with the perfect Hogmanay celebration. Accordingly, at Rosemount, we focus on a Hogmanay house party with 6 course dinner with Piper. Many guests then like to repair to the bar, sample a malt or two and mellow in a wee-small-hours fireside wind-down. Alternatively, there is a choice of shenanigans hosted in the various bars in the town, just a few minutes walk away. At midnight, fireworks erupt around the town and our elevated position affords a great view. 

Late Brunch on the 1st of January restores energy levels in time for a re-run of the party with Pitlochry’s famous street Ceilidh. This annual gathering of New Year’s revellers starts just down the road – sufficiently walkable for tender bodies still recovering from the dancing the night previously.

Great-value Accommodation for Hogmanay Breaks Scotland

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Great-value Accommodation for Hogmanay Breaks Scotland

Check availability of rooms in Pitlochry at Rosemount Hotel
/ Make a Booking for a Hogmanay break Scotland

Why not give us a ring?

New Year Offers at Rosemount

We like to offer our guests best value at this expensive time by offering optional dinner on other evenings of the stay. This also presents a great opportunity to take off and explore the fabulous Perthshire area, to take a Highland Safari, visit one or more of the splendid local visitor attractions or take an extended walk amidst the area’s gorgeous scenery.




Rosemount is a Pet-inclusive hotel and our Pitlochry dog-friendly Hogmanay Break is no exception.

3oth December

A chance to settle in for the evening and maybe explore the beautiful town of Pitlochry or wind down for a cosy evening in, with a nice meal at Rosemount and fireside chat.

31st December

8.45 until 9.45 am.  Guests enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast. A splendid Hogmanay Breakfast or Brunch buffet is included in your package price each morning of your stay

4pm    Join us for Tea Coffee and Cake
7pm    Meet and Greet Pre-Dinner Cocktail and Canapes
8pm    A 6 course gala dinner with traditional musical accompaniment dinner followed by dancing and a Piper before the bells and Auld Lang Syne.

Hogmanay 6 Course Gala Dinner

Roasted Parsnip Soup with caramelised apples and hot, buttery crusted roll


Duck Liver Parfait with Smoked Duck Breast


Smoked Salmon and Avocado Salad – a delicate lattice of flavour and texture


Home-made Sorbet


Roasted Fillet of Beef with roasted garlic and mustard.
Served with roasted potatoes, home-made yorkshire pud and a vegetable medley

Chicken Balmoral Breast of chicken, stuffed with haggis, wrapped in bacon then roasted.
Served with seered leeks and clapshot

Pan fried Seabass and Scallops laced with a light froth of fish veloute.
Served with duchesse potatoes, grilled vine tomatoes and baby asparagus

Italian Peppers stuffed with herbed risotto and a basil lime sauce. With light green salad accompaniment


Cranachan A Scottish favourite of whipped cream, folded with toasted hazelnuts, oatmeal,
Drambuie and a little sugar and layered with forest berries

Lemon Posset with warmed blueberries and sugared almond shortbread

Rich Chocolate Torte deliciously indulgent

Fresh Fruit Salad topped with a quenelle of home-made ice cream


Tea or Freshly Ground Coffee with Scottish Tablet

Local fireworks light the sky from midnight onwards. We are a short walk from the town centre for those who wish to share the more robust celebrations of the town-centre bars. Alternatively, we have a welcome fireside to send a glow through your glass of malt whisky as you share conversation in the friendly atmosphere of our bar and lounge.

Fireworks light the sky from midnight onwards.

1st January

11 am  Hogmanay Brunch

1pm   Pitlochry’s famous street party

6pm onwards    Dinner is available  (Not included in package)

Pitlochry Hogmanay


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.

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 .

Pitlochry Hogmanay Street Party

This is a great way to round off the Hogmanay celebrations, such as those provided at Pitlochry Hogmanay Hotels, such as Rosemount.

Hogmanay accommodation Pitlochry

Our  3-night package commences 3oth December, but we also offer discounted rates the 29thDecember and 2nd and 3rd of January. Dinner is available on any evening, however the package rate includes dinner Hogmanay Eve only.

 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.

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!
and surely I’ll be mine!
And 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!
and gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak’ a right gude-willie waught,
for auld lang syne.


1st January

After your celebration into the early hours, we have a late morning brunch to lead us towards Pitlochry’s New Year’s Scotland Hogmanay Street Party, which is world famous, generating incredible atmosphere, good fun and camaraderie. Scotland’s friendly people and their liking for a great party are the stuff of legend. There is no better place in which to say goodbye to the old and welcome in the new.

 Our rates for 2018

  • an Economy twin/double room –  3 nights – £510 per room 
  • a Regular double room  – 3 nights – £580 per room 
  • a Premium twin/double room  –  3 nights –  £680 per room
  • a Junior Suite – 3 nights – £829 per room


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