Winter has well and truly arrived in Scotland. The country’s mountainous landscapes are enjoying plenty of snow while the villages and towns that lie below have converted their summertime lodges into cosy hideaways.
From boutique hotels and log cabins to bustling winter festivals and inviting restaurants, Londoners can make the most of their winter weekends with a trip to Scotland with overnight rail service Caledonian Sleeper.
Connecting London and Scotland’s ski resorts, the service offers a direct link to Aviemore, Fort William and Aberdeen with the added benefit of free transportation of ski and snowboard gear.
Embracing Scotland’s aprés-ski scene, Caledonian Sleeper has highlighted the country’s top places to enjoy time off the slopes this winter.
Great Glen Holidays, Fort William
For a quiet rural retreat where you can catch up on some well-earned rest, look no further than Great Glen Holidays in Fort William.
Situated close to Nevis Range with mountain views of Ben Nevis, the outlet boasts a new eco lodge that sleeps eight people, an American log house and six self-catering chalets each surrounded by the neighbouring farm and countryside.
The Winking Owl, Aviemore
After a tiring day skiing there’s no better place to warm up than The Winking Owl in Aviemore.
Located in the centre of the picturesque town, the cosy pub is managed by award-winning Cairngorm Brewery and offers a traditional alpine feel. Enjoy a selection of hearty main meals and moreish puddings before sipping on a craft beer or malt distilled in the Cairngorms National Park.
Braemar Mountain Sports, Braemar
Open daily, Braemar Mountain Sports is the perfect place for Glenshee skiers to pick up extra equipment.
Browse the store’s range of clothing items including jackets, salopettes and accessories as well as skis, avalanche gear and books. Equipment can also be hired from the shop for those without their own skis, boots or poles.
Groove CairnGorm, Aviemore
Those keen for something livelier can enjoy Aviemore’s Groove CairnGorm festival.
Taking place on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 February, the event offers plenty of entertainment off the slopes. As the UK’s only resort-based snowsports and music festival, visitors can experience acts including 2 Many Djs and Norman Jay MBE with snowsports enthusiasts from across the country.
To find out more about the Caledonian Sleeper or to make a reservation, visit sleeper.scot