The sweaters, scarves, hats and boots have been brought out; winter is here for another year. And with winter comes the winter festivals! The turning of the seasons from Autumn to winter is cause for celebration, and if you plan on being in Inveraray over the next month, then you’ll surely have much to see and do.

Helensburgh Winter Festival

This weekend marks Helensburgh’s 4th annual Winter Festival.  Located just an hour’s drive away, this volunteer-run festival has become an important part of their calendar. Attracting residents and tourists alike, the Helensburgh Winter Festival has many fun events and experiences.

Santa’s helpers have escaped, and only the children can save them! The Penguin Hunt is on; 10 paper penguins are hiding in Helensburgh shops and businesses, and if you can find 10 of them, you win!

For family members of all ages, the festival is all about the Street Market. You’ll find an even larger variety of holiday gifts and treats this year, as the market has expanded from Colquhoun Square into West Princes Street, where you’ll find delicious street food, face painting and much more.

Just who will be at this year’s Street Market? You’ll have to visit to find out, but we’ll give you a hint; bakers, liqueur makers and confectioners will be ready to delight your taste buds. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg!

Oban Winter Festival

An hour to the north of Inveraray is Oban, where another winter festival is happening. And if you’re staying at Brambles this week, you can enjoy the festival until its end on November 27th. You’ll find plenty of seasonal cheer at this festival, which features a wealth of live music, parades, markets, art exhibitions and so much more.

A Taste of Winter is this year’s theme, and the action will be at Oban’s centre, where getting from place to place is incredibly easy. This year marks the Oban Winter Festival’s fifth, and daily events are on offer.

Food demonstrations, camper van tours, drink sampling and much more are what you’ll find here, as well as film screenings, Gaelic singing workshops and family fun session, which features lots of songs and stories for 0-3 year olds and their parents.

St. Andrew’s Day is also being celebrated in Oban with many events like the Scottish Food & Craft Market, Whisky Festival, Ceilidh and even a Tartan Dash. Local distillery tours are available, and when you need a rest and a warm up, a local café is always nearby.

Call Brambles for your Winter Festival Wind-Down

What could be better after a long day of walking, eating, and family fun than to return to a luxuriously-outfitted room on the shores of Loch Fyne? Brambles of Inveraray is always ready to welcome you home. Sit down to a delicious meal prepared from local ingredients by our talented chef, and take in the quiet haunting views from your stylish and comfortable room. We are ready to help you celebrate Winter 2016; give us a call on +44 (0) 302 252, or explore your online booking options now.