Explore the UK’s best mountain ranges

Ski season is in full swing and snowsports enthusiasts are heading for the mountains. Scotland is home to five outdoor ski resorts offering the best outdoor snowsports opportunities across the UK.

With each of the resorts accessible from one of the stops on our route, you can travel with Caledonian Sleeper and wake up at the foot of the Scottish mountains ready to enjoy the best of what the country has to offer – both on and off the slopes.


Glenshee Ski Centre

Located near Ballater and easily accessible from both Aberdeen and Perth railway stations, Glenshee is the largest ski resort in the UK, stretching over four mountains and three glens. The resort offers 36 runs totaling over 40km in distance, plenty to explore over a weekend for even the most intrepid skier. For the beginner, Glenshee has a ski school on site and a range of easier runs perfect for finding your feet on. The resort also offers sledging, skiing, snowboarding and ski touring.


Cairngorm Mountain Range

Cairngorm Mountain is one of Scotland’s most breathtaking locations, with stunning views of the Cairngorms National Park and Loch Morlich. The resort is easily accessible from Aviemore railway station. During the winter months it is transformed into a snowsports paradise with 30km of pisted runs for skiers and snowboarders.

Recently launched at the mountain is a 70m slope for tubing, a perfect activity for both children and adults. You can also visit the Mountain Exhibition to learn the history of the local area. Other activities available include a winter garden, geocaching and guided walks. After a busy day exploring the areas and the slopes, there are two cafes and a mountain shop at the resort to rest and relax.



Aviemore is the ideal place to stay for those who love the outdoors, located just 11 miles from the Cairngorm Ski Centre and surrounded on all sides by the stunning scenery of the Cairngorm National Park. There are a range of beautiful walks in the local area, including Glenmore Forest Park and Rothiemurchus Forest. Aviemore also offers an array of activities, varying from wildlife watching to quad biking.


 The Lecht

The Lecht lies in the Eastern Cairngorms and can be accessed easily from both Aberdeen and Aviemore railway stations.

There are slopes catering to all levels of skiing and snowboarding and the resort even produces man-made snow, enabling them to extend the skiing season. The Lecht offers The Penguin Park for budding young skiers and snowboarders.


Nevis Range

Just ten miles from Fort William railway station, Nevis Range is an idyllic getaway for snowsports fans and families. The only mountain gondola in the UK offers incredible views, as well as a handy way to explore the mountain and rest tired legs.

Going for a guided walk with a photographer will guarantee a perfectly framed photo of your group, with the picturesque Nevis Range as the backdrop. Two mountain trails are accessible from the gondola station, Sgurr Finnisg-aig and Meall Beag, both boasting panoramic views, stretching as far as the Inner Hebrides.



Glencoe is the oldest ski centre in Scotland, established in 1956. It has gained a reputation for being Scotland’s most challenging ski destination and contains the steepest black run in the UK. However, this should not discourage beginners from visiting as there is a beginner’s area, perfect for those learning their skills.

Opportunities for hillwalking are not to be missed as Glencoe is within Rannoch Moor, designated as a world heritage site due to its incredible natural beauty. Activities such as tubing, sledging and camping are all also available at the site. There are two cafes at Glencoe providing home cooked food every day.

Visit Glencoe with Caledonian Sleeper to Rannoch railway station.

Your 2020 guide to Highland adventures

With activities for all to enjoy and scenery that can’t be beaten, the Highlands are Scotland’s not-so-hidden gem.

And to help shape your 2020 Highland adventure, we’ve created a list to guide your planning. With stops in Aviemore, Fort William, Aberdeen and Inverness, Caledonian Sleeper can take you on the journey of a night time to some of Scotland’s most scenic locations.

The Gathering, Inverness 

The Gathering Festival returns to The Northern Meeting Park in Inverness on Saturday 30 May. The one-day festival boasts a lineup loaded with Scottish talent – including the world’s most famous pipe band, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

The family-friendly event will have a variety of stalls offering mouthwatering craft food and drink, sourced exclusively from the Highlands and Islands. In addition, a range of events will be taking place at venues and bars throughout Inverness to tie in with the festival making the city a vibrant place to spend the weekend.

Fort William Mountain Festival

The Fort William Mountain Festival is a five-day festival celebrating the mountains of Scotland – with films, exhibitions and talks from some of the world’s most exciting adventurers.

The event runs from 19 – 23 February with views of the tallest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis.

Aberdeen Restaurant Week

Celebrate the best of Aberdeen’s foodie scene with Aberdeen Restaurant Week, which runs from 24 February until 1 March. Keep an eye out for discounts, events and tastings across the city.

Jazz Festival

Each year, Aberdeen hosts a Jazz Festival in March – with jazz performances held across the city. Visit Jazz On The Green as the city comes to life on 15 March.

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Fort William

The UCI Fort William World Cup has been staged at Fort William every year since 2002. Held on 6 and 7 June, this year thousands of spectators will gather on the slopes of Aonach Mor to see the best downhill riders in the world fly down the mountain at breathtaking speeds.

The World Cup Village is the perfect place for bike fanatics and casual fans alike to mingle. There will be a selection of the biggest brands attending and all the equipment and gear you could ever need will be there for purchase. The village’s food and drink tent ensures visitors will be well fed serving a range of delicious items, including Haggis Nachos and the renowned Aonach Mor Burger.


Held on the outskirts of Inverness and with a view over the infamous Loch Ness, Belladrum is known as the Tartan Heart Festival.

A family-friendly festival, Belladrum is home to a number of stalls serving locally-sourced goods. There will be performances from global artists as well as local up and coming artists and traditional Scottish music.

This year’s festival is held from 30 July – 1 August.

Climb Ben Nevis

Translated from Gaelic, Ben Nevis means “mountain with its head in the clouds.” This name is fitting for the highest mountain in the United Kingdom, standing at a considerable 1344 metres. The mountain represents a challenging but massively rewarding ascent for the thousands who complete it each year.

There are a variety of routes to the top that offer different levels of climb and changing views. However, it is the summit of Ben Nevis that is truly special, offering incredible views that stretch for miles.

Those who don’t fancy the climb can take the gondola and enjoy similar views of the beautiful Nevis range. Ben Nevis distillery is the perfect place to head as a celebration for those who have completed the climb, located around 7 minutes away from the mountain.

Highland Games

Most Highland cities and towns are home to Highland Games – something that has been part of Scotland’s culture for hundreds of years.

With Scottish produce, Highland dancing, stalls, and events including cycling, races and the caber toss, it’s a truly Scottish experience. Games are usually held between May and September.