Best outdoor ice skating rinks in Scotland for Christmas and New Year

Get your skates on at rinks in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Motherwell

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A guide to Christmas ice skating in Scotland

credit: Eoin Carey

You can take to the ice this festive season with outdoor rinks across the country offering alfresco fun. Be warned: mixing mulled wine and ice skating can lead to delusions of skill.

St Andrew Square Ice Rink
Returning for a third year, the St Andrew Square Ice Rink has fast become a main attraction at Edinburgh's Christmas festivities. The oval rink circles the Melville Monument, and there's a fully stocked bar at one end to keep you hydrated. If you're not exhausted afterwards, the Scottish Market is close by on West George Street.
St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, 18 Nov–7 Jan 2016, 10am–9.30pm

Aberdeen Christmas Village Ice Rink
Aberdeen's outdoor Christmas ice rink can be found at the centrally located Union Terrace Gardens. There's also a market, funfair rides, a Christmas tree maze, an entertainment marquee and the city's Christmas tree, which is a gift from twin city Stavanger.
Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen, 25 Nov–8 Jan 2016, Mon–Fri 10am–10pm; Sun 11am–10pm

M&D's On Ice
Get your skates on at the theme park's open air ice rink. Spectators can enjoy festive food and keep toasty at the fire pit. Every Saturday and Sunday you can visit Santa's inn and the kids can enjoy some Christmas crafts.
M&D's, Motherwell, 23 Nov–19 Feb 2016, 12pm–7pm

Elgin Ice Festival
Glide on the ice with family and friends at the Elgin Ice Festival. Ticket price covers one hour of ice skating and skate hire. Private hire sessions are available each morning before 11am and at various times throughout the event.
Plainstones, Elgin, 17 Dec–7 Jan, 11.45am–10pm.

M&D's on Ice

It wouldn't be Christmas without a spot of ice skating. M&D's open air ice rink returns, offering kids and adults alike a chance to show off their skating skills. Spectators can enjoy festive food and keep toasty at the fire pit.

M&D's Scotland's Theme Park, Motherwell

Fri 27 Jan

£4.45–£17.35 / 01698 333777

Sat 28 Jan

£4.45–£17.35 / 01698 333777

Sun 29 Jan

£4.45–£17.35 / 01698 333777

…and 15 more dates until 19 Feb

St Andrew Square Ice Rink

Edinburgh city centre boasts, not one, but two ice rinks for the festive season. The newer circular rink at St Andrew Square allows you glide all the way round the Melville Monument.

Aberdeen Christmas Village

A festive hub housing an ice rink, Christmas Tree maze, fairground rides, live music in the entertainment marquee and the city’s Christmas tree, which is a gift from twin city Stavanger. There is also a market selling presents, stocking fillers and traditional snacks and drinks.

Ice Skating

Nothing says Christmas like strapping on rented footwear and gliding over a hunk of frozen water. Ice skating, anyone?

Elgin Ice Festival

Glide on the ice with family and friends at the Elgin Ice Festival. Ticket price covers one hour of ice skating and skate hire. Private Hire sessions are available each morning before 11am and at various times throughout the event. Christmas Day is only available for private bookings.

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