Winter School 2023

See you all in 2023!

Taking place over five days in the Scottish town of Pitlochry, Winter School attracts around 150 dancers from the UK, continental Europe, North America and Australasia. Attendees enjoy a 4-star stay in the Atholl Palace Hotel, with a range of classes, social dances, tours and of course, the famous ball at Blair Castle. 

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Join the Centenary Celebrations at Winter School in 2023!

Winter School in Pitlochry will run from 19 - 24 February 2023, with an excellent line up of teachers and musicians including:

Teachers - Fiona Mackie, Pat Houghton, Duncan Brown, Antoine Rousseau

Musicians - Jim Lindsay, Gillian Stevenson, Bill Ewan, Marian Anderson.

Accommodation will be provided at the luxurious 4* Atholl Palace hotel. The ticket price includes your room, breakfast, dinner, daily dance classes and social dancing each evening, plus a ball on your last night at the spectacular Blair Castle. Classes are held at different venues around the town of Pitlochry, a gorgeous village nestled at the edge of the highlands. All venues are accessible by foot and/or car, and some are located in Atholl Palace. With classes held every morning and optional classes or sessions in the afternoon, there is the potential for a full day of dancing; that is, if your feet are up for it!

Attendees will be able to check in to the 2023 Winter School event from 3pm on Sunday 19th and check out is by 10am on Friday 24th. 

The programme for the Ball at Blair Castle can be viewed here. Further details on the remaining programme will be announced soon.

Winter School fees

The price structure for 2023 is shown below. Please note that spaces fill up quickly and there is no guarantee of a place. 

If you wish to join the Waiting List to request a single room, please click the button below:

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Single room  (sold out)


Double room for single occupancy (sold out)


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Shared triple room


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Please read the information on classes, which helps you choose the class best suited for your level of skill.

This class will continue to develop steps and formations. It will focus on all aspects of technique: footwork, handing, phrasing, transitions and teamwork. Some dances from the evening programmes will be taught.

This class will continue to develop steps and work on more advanced formations, handing, phrasing, transitions and teamwork. More challenging dances will be taught in this class.

This class is for dancers who dance at a very high standard with correct rhythm, foot positions and extension in steps and can sustain the energy level for the whole course. All formations in The Manual should be known and danced with precision, good handing and phrasing.

This class will only take place if there is sufficient demand. This class is for those who dance at a high standard of technique and expertise but prefer a class that is less intense. A high level of stamina will not be expected in this class.


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Tickets are available to purchase on the website. Click the blue "Book now" button to book online and select your preferred option(s).  Please note that no physical tickets will be issued. Your email confirmation will act as your ticket.

Please do NOT attend if you have received a positive Covid test result or have been instructed by the NHS to self-isolate in the week prior to Winter School. If this occurs then a full refund for any purchased event ticket(s) will be provided, on receipt of proof, by emailing

All Covid rules and restrictions have been lifted in Scotland, but the virus has not gone away so please use 'Covid sense' to help protect yourself and others

Whilst vaccination is strongly encouraged, it is not mandatory for this event. Hand sanitisers will be made available at all dancing venues. We recommend that you bring some Lateral Flow Tests with you.



  • If you withdraw before 12pm on 10th January 2023 then you will be entitled to a refund of your fees, less an administration charge of £80. If you withdraw after that date, you will not be entitled to a refund.

  • If, due to circumstances outside our control, we are required to cancel the 2023 Winter School event then we will inform all attendees and a full refund will be provided. The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society shall assume no liability for any losses resulting from individual pre-booked travel. Please check your personal travel insurance policy.

  • If you have received a positive COVID test result or have been instructed by the NHS to self-isolate then a full refund for booking(s) will be provided, on receipt of proof. Please email us at

Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry, Perthshire  PH16 5LX

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