Another constant favourite city for celebrating New Year’s Eve and Hogmanay in is the Scottish capital city of Edinburgh.
Edinburgh is a small city but it puts on a massive party so guest accommodation sells out fast so if you’re thinking of heading here this year, you’ll need to be booking a room now. Tickets to the street party cost £20 but are well worth forking out for. The streets are all closed off around the city centre for the party where everyone wraps up warm in their wooly hats, scarves, gloves and puffiest of coats to see in the New Year with fireworks, roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and live music.
For your cycle ride the next day, there is again heaps of options as Edinburgh is surrounded by beautiful countryside and is packed full of secret cycle paths that so many people don’t even know exist. Check out the Edinburgh Innertube Map to see which off-road routes you fancy pedalling down and cycle from Leith to Portobello, or Canonmills to Trinity.
If you’d prefer a longer ride that takes you out of the city, try the popular Edinburgh to St Andrews route. At 68 miles in length, this route passes over some pretty hilly terrain so only extremely fit and experienced cyclists should try it – especially in the harsh Scottish winters. Make sure you’re bike and equipment is all in full working order and take plenty of provisions and warm clothing. St Andrews is a very pretty town and it is highly recommended that you spend a night there before heading back to Edinburgh the next day either by bike or by train.