Winter School

(Atholl Palace)

Held in the picturesque town of Pitlochry, the RSCDS Winter School, happening annually during the last week of February is one of our premier events. Participants will stay in the Atholl Palace Hotel (pictured above); a four- star Victorian accommodation, it is the epitome of comfort. Breakfast and dinner are served in the main dining room, which offers stunning views of the valleys below.

Winter School 2019

Winter School 2019 will be held over the week of February 17th to the 22nd in Pitlochry and we are thrilled to be welcoming dancers from across the world to Pitlochry. Booking for Winter School is now full; if you would like to be put on a waiting list please email Events Manager Moira Thomson:

Hamlyns of Scotland Sponsors Winter School 2019

The RSCDS is teaming up with Hamlyns Scottish Porridge Oats and Oatmeal, who will once again be sponsoring Winter School! Dancers enjoyed their porridge so much last year that the on-site stall had to be restocked several times! Learn more about their range of amazing products on the Hamlyns of Scotland website.

Here is a message from Hamlyns of Scotland:

"Hamlyns of Scotland is part of a family food business which started oat milling in 1888. Our traditional range of Scottish Porridge Oats and Scottish Oatmeal is produced from premium Scottish oats, grown by Scottish farmers, and milled at our oat mill in Banffshire. It’s guaranteed to be 100% Scottish from seed to mill to finished product. For such a quintessential Scottish product we believe that’s important.

You’ll find our products in most supermarkets and food retailers in Scotland. We also have an online shop.

Find out more and be inspired by a wide range of recipes at"


Classes will be held at different venues around Pitlochry, all which are accessible by foot and/or car, and in Atholl Palace itself. With classes being held every morning and optional classes in the afternoon, there is the potential for a full day of dancing; that is, if your feet are up for it!

Map of Pitlochry

Pitlochry Town Hall

Fishers Hotel

Atholl Palace

Blair Castle Ball

On the last evening of the week participants are treated to a spectacular night of dancing in the historic ballroom of Blair Castle. After dinner and a quick change, Winter School attendees board buses and head to Blair Castle for a night of dancing. Afterwards, buses will take you back to Atholl Palace where you can get a nightcap if you fancy!

To see some footage from the 2015 Blair Castle Ball press play on the video below!


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