Enjoy a range of winter sports in Scotland
We’re into December and the snow is lying on the hills, meaning one thing – ski season is here. Scotland’s five ski resorts offer the best winter sports experiences in the UK – perfect for winter sports enthusiasts and beginners alike.
Pack up your skis and travel with Caledonian Sleeper to any of the Scottish resorts for a winter sports adventure.
The Cairngorms offer breathtaking scenery year-round, but the mountain transforms into a winter wonderland during the colder months.
For skiers, there are plenty of opportunities on the slopes for both the experienced and beginners. A mountain exhibition allows visitors to find out more about the history of the area, and those who have been influenced by it, including Olympians, mountain rescuers and poets, and to learn about the wildlife who call the mountain their home.
Other activities include tubing, geocaching, guided walks and a winter garden for children. Warm up with a hot chocolate in the Cairngorm Café or Cas Bar before you continue your journey.
Nevis Range offers families and snowsports enthusiasts alike the chance to enjoy the great outdoors and crisp winter air, a stone’s throw from Fort William.
Take in the views across the highlands, enjoy some mountain biking, a treetop adventure or snowsports including skiing and snowboarding on a range of slopes.
The Pinemarten Café boasts locally sourced food and drink to warm you up after a day on the slopes.
Situated near the most remote station on Caledonian Sleeper’s route, Glencoe Mountain is home to an array of activities. The mountain has a camping area, mountain biking, tubing, hillwalking, climbing and snowsports, including the longest and steepest ski run in Scotland.
Visit the Log Cabin Café where you can sit beside the wood burner with a hot drink.
In the east of the Cairngorms, The Lecht is easily reached from both Aviemore and Aberdeen. Snowsports are available to all levels, including the Penguin Park for children aged two to seven years learning to ski.
With the addition of a snow factory, the Lecht can produce man-made snow in order to operate some of the slopes from early December.
The UK’s largest resort, Glenshee spans four mountains and three valleys and offers 36 ski runs. Located near Ballater, the resort is easily accessible from Aberdeen.
The resort offers sledging, skiing, snowboarding and ski touring, with three cafes offering a range of food and drink.