Embrace Scotland’s outdoor winter activities

Copyright James Stevens

As winter brings frosty days, cool temperatures and cosy nights wrapped up by the fire, it is also the perfect opportunity to explore Scotland and try your hand at a new outdoor activity.


Caledonian Sleeper has compiled a list of Scotland’s top winter activities for the whole family to enjoy at destinations along the route.

Challenge yourself on snow-covered woodland trails by renting a fat bike from Bothy Bikes in Aviemore, located a short distance from the town’s railway station, serviced by the Caledonian Sleeper.

Similar to a mountain bike with oversized, wider tires, these bikes are designed for riding over soft terrains such as snow, sand and bogs and are ideal for surfaces usually unsuitable for a normal off-road bicycle.

Discover snowy forest trails and hillsides in Perthshire by strapping on a pair of snowshoes, grabbing some poles and gliding across blankets of snow. Located at the Mains of Taymouth in Kenmore, a short drive away from Pitlochry train station, serviced by the Caledonian Sleeper’s Highland service.

With over 500 tonnes of real snow, Ice Factor offers an action-packed day out for all near Glencoe, Lochaber.  It’s the perfect place for children and beginners to pick up essential climbing techniques and for more experienced climbers to enhance their skills before venturing out on the mountains of the West Highlands. To visit Ice Factor take the Caledonian Sleeper to Fort William.

Situated at the foot of the Cairngorm Mountain Range, take a trip to the Sleddog Centre, the only daily working sled dog centre in the UK, to meet their team of Husky dogs, book a training course or sled dog safari.

There are few more beautiful places in the world than Scotland, and you can enjoy them all with Caledonian Sleeper.

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