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Twixmas treats: Five great December getaways


‘Twixmas’ is now a thing…

More and more of us are itching to do something by the time the Boxing Day movies have finished and the empty chocolate boxes have long since been chucked in the bin.

It’s a neat idea – enjoying all the festivities of Christmas at home with your family and then heading off for a couple of days before ‘the bells’.

Or, if you have the time off, you could even add on a bit more time and see the new year in at one of Scotland’s cosy and welcoming hotels.

Scotland is renowned the world over for its New Year celebrations so what better way to kick start 2018 than with a cheery winter break over the holidays?

Here are some of the best ‘Twixmas’ deals around… 



Christmas and New Year in Edinburgh are legendary. With so much going on you can easily fill your days and nights and never does Auld Reekie look more beautiful than when she has her festive sparkle on. The city is just one big winter wonderland.

A great choice of hotel in Edinburgh is the beautiful Macdonald Holyrood which sits at the foot of Holyrood Road, just minutes away from the famous Royal Mile and close to some of the city’s main attractions. The hotel has elegant en-suite rooms, a luxurious spa and impressive leisure centre and also boasts an exciting new restaurant, Bistro Deluxe by Paul Tamburinni. There’s also a relaxing bar area to unwind in after a hard day’s sight-seeing.

You can enjoy some great seasonal discounts too.

Up to 40% off Macdonald Holyrood Hotel Breaks from £111pn

Another nice place to rest your head in Edinburgh is the Hotel du Vin which is just brimming with character and feel very welcoming from the minute you walk through the door. Each room features luxurious beds with Egyptian cotton linen to dream the night away in.

Hotel du Vin Edinburgh Champagne and Stay from £155pn

Have a holly jolly Christmas at the Edinburgh Botanics

View of George Square in Glasgow at night


Not to be outdone by Edinburgh, Scotland’s second city has plenty to shout about during the festive season too and Christmas fun aside, you could hit the sales and grab some great bargains in some of the city’s finest shops.

The sales usually start on Boxing Day and run until early January. Glasgow has some of the best shopping outside of London and if Santa’ left you some pennies or vouchers in your stocking, then there’s no better place to go spend them.

There’s some good deals to be had on Glasgow hotels too. Take your pick from the Radisson Blu on Argyle Street which is located directly opposite Central Station so you don’t even need to drive on your Twixmas break.

Book in Advance and Save 10% with the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

Our friends at talkholiday have some great partner deals on Glasgow hotels too. Choose from budget hotels to 5-star luxury and get the right break for your pocket and there’s plenty to choose from.

2-Night 5 Star Hotel Deals in Glasgow from £179

Loch Lomond

If you’re done with the city buzz and want to retreat to a quieter location for your Twixmas break, you could not find a dreamier spot than the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

All year round, the magic of the loch attracts visitors from all over the world. Sure, it will be a little chilly at this time of year but grab your coat and hat and set off for some beautiful scenery and fresh air to blow off the cobwebs.

Favourites include Cameron House, Lodge on Loch Lomond and Inn on Loch Lomond – all for very different reasons but the common denominator is the surrounding scenery and the beauty of the loch and its shores.

2-Night Loch Lomond Hotel Breaks from £208

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Within an hour’s drive of Glasgow and Edinburgh lies the beautiful region of Perthshire and there’s some rather lovely hotels in this neck of the woods waiting to welcome you over the holidays.

Knock Castle Hotel & Spa is tucked away in a quiet corner of Crieff.  You can really get away from it all here and enjoy the magic and peace of the season at this stunning hotel which has panoramic views across the beautiful Perthshire countryside.

Spend your time relaxing in the bar or admiring the in-house art gallery which has recently been added to the hotel. If you’re feeling energetic you can always let off some steam in the gym and leisure complex…the perfect place to unwind.

Cairngorms National Park


From one stunning setting to an another, let me take you to Aviemore and the magic of the Highlands. If you fancy venturing a little further north, this beautiful spot will really take your breath away.

Arguably one of the most picturesque parts of Scotland; misty glens, purple roaming heather and snow-capped mountains providing the backdrop to your day. Cairngorms National Park offers a range of landscapes, wildlife and magical scenery and really comes to life in winter when everyone else is hibernating until spring!

Check out the fabulous facilities at the Macdonald Aviemore Resort which has a full programme of events and activities over the festive holiday period. Ideal if you’re looking for some family fun.

Macdonald Aviemore Hotel & Lodge Offers from £129pn