The mornings are cold and crisp. The trees are bare and the landscape looks bleak when the rain falls. Night falls early. That nip in the air can turn into ferocious biting as light easterly winds give way to arctic gusts. When the sun shines it puts a smile on people’s faces, but it does little to raise the temperature. Winter is here.
The white stuff is inevitable!
It will snow, we can be sure of that. On average, we get around 38 days of snow here at AH. According to the Metoffice, over in the Cairngorms, this rises to 76 days of snow. Thermals, Parka jackets, wellie boots, hats, scarves, gloves and lots of layers become the mainstay of the Scottish winter wardrobe – colder temperatures demand lots of wrapping up even to go for a short walk to the village of Auchterarder.
A 4×4 vehicle is also an absolute must. Certainly, we wouldn’t be without ours at AH – getting up the long driveway would be impossible without it.
But the view as you approach the house on a snowy day is simply breathtaking – it’s definitely a camera moment!
From a light flurry to a thick and glistening blanket of white – the fluffy white stuff makes everything look truly magical. Even the bare trees sparkle when dusted with snow. It may not be the easiest of weather, but the desire to get outside will overcome the lowest temperatures.
Enjoy a bracing walk and feel invigorated by the fresh air. Take in the sight of the surrounding landscape dramatically and beautifully transformed. There is also plenty of fun to be had. Who can resist a snowball fight or an exhilarating afternoon of sledging – snow brings out the child in all of us!
Of course, a Scottish winter experience wouldn’t be complete without hot toddies, hot chocolate or something in front of a crackling fire. Sometimes, it’s the simplest things that make the most perfect days.
It might be cold outside but we’ll give you a very warm welcome and you can enjoy a cosy stay. With enough rooms for 21 people, you could plan a fantastic weekend away with a whole bunch of your besties.
Just the two of you?
We’ve got it covered! Our glamping yurts are perfect, each with a king-size bed, wood burner, electric blankets (you’ll be just toasty) and ensuite bathroom – it’s glamping in very fine style indeed. Yurts Heather and Bramble are picture perfect in the snow. Anyone fancy a dip in the hot tub?!