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New Year At The Royal Hotel in Portree on Skye

New Year At The Royal Hotel in Portree on Skye

Skye at New Year is a very special time to visit our amazing Island. New year in Scotland is referred to as “Hogmanay” and is described by Wikipedia as:

“Hogmanay ([ˌhɔɡməˈneː] hog-mə-nay) is the Scots word for the last day of the year and is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year (Gregorian calendar) in the Scottish manner. It is normally followed by further celebration on the morning of New Year’s Day (1 January) or, in some cases, 2 January—a Scottish bank holiday. The origins of Hogmanay are unclear, but may be derived from Norse and Gaelic observances. Customs vary throughout Scotland, and usually include gift-giving and visiting the homes of friends and neighbours, with special attention given to the first-foot, the first guest of the new year. There are many customs, both national and local, associated with Hogmanay. The most widespread national custom is the practice of first-footing, which starts immediately after midnight. This involves being the first person to cross the threshold of a friend or neighbour and often involves the giving of symbolic gifts such as salt (less common today), coal, shortbread, whisky, and black bun (a rich fruit cake), intended to bring different kinds of luck to the householder. Food and drink (as the gifts) are then given to the guests. This may go on throughout the early hours of the morning and well into the next day (although modern days see people visiting houses well into the middle of January). The first-foot is supposed to set the luck for the rest of the year. Traditionally, tall, dark men are preferred as the first-foot.[29]

At the Royal Hotel we will have live music from DJ Paul Spence picking a selection of hits from across the decades. The perfect way to ease your way to midnight where the tradition in Portree is people join in the square to take in the new year together. The Isle of Skye Pipe Band play to the bells which is in itself a sight to behold. New Year at The Royal Hotel in Portree on Skye is a truly brilliant occasion.

The Island is a hive of activity with live music on throughout the festive period. Why not take in the bells on Skye and stay with us at the Royal Hotel? We are now offering excellent packages for new year.

Hogmanay on Skye – an experience to remember!