A Traditional Scottish Hogmanay in Pitlochry
The phrase “Out with the Old and In with the New” has possibly rarely had so much impact associated with it as in 2021. We’ve all a tale to tell, and one thing’s for sure, most of us favour looking forward with positive expectation, rather than back, right now. Additionally, since Scotland is the home of New Year Celebrations, you’ll find few places that celebrate Scottish Hogmanay better than in Scotland’s heartland – Pitlochry. Add to this, mile upon mile of stunning scenery to explore and clean fresh air to blow away the winter cobwebs. Could it be that a Scottish Hogmanay Break in Pitlochry is the ideal antidote to midwinter?
Our Rates for a Hogmanay Celebration for 2021
Rosemount Hotel Pitlochry Traditional Scottish Hogmanay Break
The 3-night package commences 30th or 31st December, but we also offer discounted rates for B&B with dinner as an optional extra on the 29th December and 3rd and 4th of January. – On 1st of January we are staging a late morning New Year’s Brunch instead of breakfast
30th December 2021
A chance to settle in for the evening and maybe explore the beautiful town of Pitlochry, take a walk along the river or into the hills then wind down for a cosy evening in, with a nice meal at Rosemount and fireside chat.
31st December 2021
8.45 until 9.45 am A delicious buffet breakfast is served
3pm onwards Join us for Tea or Coffee and Cake
7pm Meet and Greet Pre-Dinner Cocktail and Canapes
8pm A 7-course Hogmanay Gala Dinner with traditional Scottish music to entertain, followed by a fabulous performance by one of the area’s leading Pipers just before the bells.
Weather permitting , the celebrations around “the Bells” will occur outdoors, amidst flaming fire pits and candlelight. Doubtless, there will be a display or two of fireworks to light the skies . . . It’s been a long 21 months!!!!
Finally, our bar has a fine stock of malts for those seeking to mellow in a wee-small-hours, fireside wind-down.
Hogmanay 7 Course Gala Dinner
(subject to change in the case of supply difficulties)
Cock-a Leekie Soup with artisan bread
Pork, Apricot and Pistachio Terrine with an Apple and Plum Puree
Haggis and Pickled Turnip Bon-bon with Pepper Cream
Locally produced Raspberry Sorbet
Shin of Beef, slow-cooked in Red Wine with Bacon and Shallots
Served with Fondant Potato, and a vegetable medley
Fillet of Salmon
Stuffed with Cream Cheese and Spinach
Served with New Potatoes, Garlic Greens and Prawn Butter
Breast of Chicken Bonnie Prince Charlie
Flamed in Drambuie and finished with Apples and Cream
Served with Clapshot, Baby Asparagus and Buttered Carrots
Chestnut and Wild Mushroom Stroganoff
Served with Quinoa and Wholegrain rice with Steamed Green vegetables
Cranachan Mille Feuille A Scottish favourite of whipped cream, folded with toasted hazelnuts, oatmeal,
Drambuie and topped with Berries and a Cinnamon Sugar Basket
Raspberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake with Fruit Compote and Tuile Biscuit
Tea or Freshly Ground Coffee with Scottish Tablet
1st January 2022
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, we should point out that, for reasons of safety, the committee have decided not to proceed with this year’s event. For your enjoyment, we include a video of previous year’s celebrations. We are sure that the same spirit of bonhomie will pervade, this year, too.
2nd January 2022
A leisurely Breakfast sampling our well-praised Breakfast, followed by an opportunity to explore the stunning locality of Pitlochry. We also collaborate with those local outdoor activities centres which choose to open and can arrange any of a host of thrilling outdoor adventures for you to enjoy.
There is an option for all guests to dine with us on any other evening, should they wish. Naturally, some may prefer to extend their day out and return to the welcome of our fireside a little later, and so on days before and after this Hogmany 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.
Places to see during your Pitlochry Scottish Hogmanay Break
As the dancing feet still and the New Year settles in, there are plenty of things to see and do around Pitlochry during your Scotland Hogmanay Break from 2nd January.
Blair Athol Distillery, Pitlochry – open 2nd January from 10am till 4pm for tours and shop visits.
Home of Blair Athol Single Malt and an elder statesman amongst Scotland’s working distilleries. A tour of the working heart of the distillery gives an intriguing insight into the skill and art of the Whisky distiller. The single malt of Blair Athol is the base for Bell’s blended whisky
Highland Chocolatier, Grandtully – 15 minutes drive from Pitlochry – open from 2nd January.
Ian Burnett’s Highland Chocolatier offers a truly unique visitor experience, giving the opportunity to see the production of high quality, hand-made chocolates, to taste some authentic chocolate-based products, see exquisite chocolate-related exhibits and visit the delightful vintage-gift shop. All in the fabulous setting of Grandtully, with its rapids raging just across the road.
House of Bruar – 10 minutes drive from Pitlochry
open after Hogmanay from 2nd January.
The Falls of Bruar
The Falls of Bruar lie in close proximity and can be reached via a steady uphill walk along a stunning gorge. There are two distinct waterfall systems. The first takes about 10 -15 minutes from the House of Bruar and is a lovely destination in its own right. There are two main viewpoints, one from a rustic bridge crossing the gorge on your way to continue onwards to the second falls. There is a well-worn path just before this bridge taking the follower to a little grotto from which a different aspect of the first fall system may be viewed. The second falls are located higher up the hill and plunge beneath a second, stone bridge and there are picnic tables scattered in this vicinity.
The House of Bruar
Fast becoming a legend and dubbed “The Harrods of the north,” the House of Bruar gives a completely satisfying visitor experience. Besides simply being a great place for a day out, the House of Bruar presents us with plenty of choice for a spot of retail therapy. It is spread over a substantial area and offers a vast range of countrywear, quality homewares, top-end works of art, quality Scottish produce and a wonderful restaurant and café serving a good range of quality options for refreshment and meals throughout their opening hours of 10 – 5. A regular bus service from Pitlochry brings non-driving visitors to the door.
Highland Safaris 20 minutes drive from Pitlochry
open after Hogmanay from 2nd January
Here’s an exciting opportunity to take a Winter Watch Landrover Safari into the hills amidst stunning scenery of a sub-arctic landscape supporting White Hare, Red Deer and Ptarmigan, heading to a mountain bothy for a dram and hot chocolate. Many further activities are available at this award winning visitor experience, such as gold-panning, cycling and off-road driving at the highest altitude in the UK. Open over the Scotland Hogmanay period from 2nd January
Loch of the Lowes Nature Reserve 15 minutes drive from Pitlochry
open 2nd January – Fri to Sunday, only, during the winter.
The Loch of the Lowes is a large freshwater Loch surrounded by reedbeds and natural woodland. Home to a pair of breeding Ospreys, which are the main attraction between April and August, this nature reserve also provides opportunities to view the rich pageant of wildlife that over winter in the area of the Loch and a fascinating insight into their lives. The female Osprey that had occupied the nest for the past 24 breeding seasons was thought to be the oldest breeding female and had reared a record 50 chicks. Poignantly, she failed to return to the nest in 2015 and has been replaced by a young female who successfully raised 3 chicks. The flight of these birds to their wintering grounds in Gambia is tracked and can be traced on this link.
Dunkeld and the fabulous Hermitage
The Best of Perthshire for a Day out with the Car
Glen Lyon is often described as the most beautiful Glen in Scotland. Please take a trip along this beautiful landscape during you Pitlochry holiday. We recommend you drive onwards to Loch Tay and Kenmore, then on to Aberfeldy, the Spirit of Wood, Dewars Distillery and the Highland Chocolatier. This makes for a truly fabulous day out.
Kenmore and Loch Tay
A pleasant afternoon beckons at Kenmore. The lochside walk is beautiful and takes you past Kenmore Marina, Mains of Taymouth Visitor Centre and Restaurant and the fascinating Crannog Centre. For the energetic, the Falls of Acharn walk offers fabulous views over Loch Tay
- Aberfeldy and Strathtay A quaint Highland town with independent shops, arty cafes and an art-house style cinema