You don’t need to travel to Europe for a great ski break anymore, there are some fantastic ski resorts right here in Scotland! We take a look at five of the best ski spots the country has to offer, and share our top picks on the best places to stay after a hard day on the slopes!
1. Nevis Range Mountain Experience
Nevis Range is much more than just a simple ski resort. Offering 10 ski lifts, the famous Mountain Gondola, a ski and snowboard school, mountain biking, walking trails and a treetop adventure course, there is certainly more than one way to experience the heights of Aonach Mor, Britain’s 8th highest mountain! Part of the Nevis Range, the (in)famous Back Corries are widely regarded as the best off-piste skiing in the country – they’ll test the mettle of even the most experienced skiers!
Getting there: The nearest airports are Inverness or Glasgow, and the nearest train station is at Fort William.
Where to stay: Caledonian Cabin – Hot Tub and Lochside Location
This stunning and truly authentic log cabin is our top pick if you are planning a ski break to Nevis Range. Built from giant Western Red Cedar logs, it was handcrafted in Canada using traditional methods. Sleeping up to six, it’s a luxury escape nestled in secluded woods on the peaceful shores of Loch Garry. After a busy day on the slopes, you can relax in the hot tub with a glass of fizz and listen to the sound of the nearby babbling burn – pure bliss!
2. Glenshee Ski Centre
It’s easy to see why Glenshee is billed as the UK’s premier ski centre. With a wide variety of terrain, from steeps and glades, pisted and unpisted slopes, open bowls and narrow gullies, Glenshee is Scotland’s biggest and most varied resort. With 22 lifts, ski/snowboard hire on-site, and three cafes dotted around the mountain, Glenshee truly is a winter wonderland.
Getting there: The nearest airport is in Aberdeen, and the nearest train station is in Perth.
Where to stay: Rose Cottage, Blacklunans
Rose Cottage is a luxury property on the private Drumfork Estate, near Blacklunans and is just 20 minutes from Glenshee. Sleeping eight, this four-bedroom cottage has been kitted out to the highest standard and makes the perfect rural getaway. With a massive open plan kitchen and dining area, plus a hot tub, wood-burning stove, and luxury furnishings throughout, Rose Cottage is our top luxury pick if you are planning a ski break to Glenshee.
4. Cairngorm Mountain Resort
Located in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park, Cairngorm Mountain Resort boasts incredible, panoramic views from over 3,500 ft out across Loch Morlich and beyond. Its altitude means it often has the longest-lasting ski season, into March and April. With 11 lifts giving easy access to 35 ski runs over a distance of 32kms, the Cairngorms is also home to the Funicular Railway – a tourist attraction in its own right, All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) tours, ranger-guided walks plus the UK’s first snow half-pipe! Getting there: Inverness is the nearest airport and train station.
Getting there: Getting there: Inverness is the nearest airport and train station.
Where to stay: Mountain View Lodge – Hot Tub and Barrel Sauna
Located in the heart of the Cairngorms, Mountain View Lodge is a simply incredible property just a short drive from the Cairngorm Mountain Resort. Commanding stunning views in every direction, Mountain View can sleep up to 10 guests in total comfort and luxury. With a huge cathedral ceiling in the living area, ultra-modern kitchen, hot tub, barrel sauna and games room, this property will not disappoint! The wilds of the Cairngorms are right on your doorstep with many great walking and bike tracks accessible from your doorstep.
4. Glencoe Mountain Resort
Originally known as the White Corries, Glencoe Mountain Resort is officially Scotland’s oldest ski centre, and has been in operation since the mid-1950s. With 8 lifts and 20 runs to choose from, Glencoe offers lots of varied ski terrain with great challenges for experienced skiers including the infamous and super-steep Flypaper black run, and the red Spring Run – another tricky option to try!
With plenty of fun on offer for skiers and snowboarders, there’s also a dedicated 75-metre sledging slope and a world-class avalanche rescue training centre. You can also take part in biking (Downhill and XC), tubing, a treasure hunt, hill-walking plus chairlift rides. From Glencoe Mountain itself, there are spectacular views towards the Buchaille Etive Mor and Rannoch Moor.
Getting there: The nearest airports are in Oban and Glasgow, and the nearest train station is Fort William.
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Where to stay: Sithean Self-Catering, Taynuilt
Now we do appreciate that this property is a wee bit of a drive from Glencoe, but hopefully, you’ll see exactly why we’ve chosen it. Sithean is a beautifully designed family-friendly and completely unique house. It’s secluded and peaceful, accommodating up to eight people.
The elevated decking area commands spectacular views across Loch Etive and the ‘Shepherds of Glencoe’ to the North, Ben Cruachan to the East, Morvern to the West and Barguillean Hill to the South. As well as three generous bedrooms there is also a sauna, wood-burning stove and underfloor heating throughout to keep everyone cosy after a busy day on the slopes.
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5. The Lecht Ski Centre
The Lecht 2090 may be the smallest ski resort in Scotland, but it certainly packs a punch! Located exactly 2090 ft above sea level, The Lecht benefits from many easier, intermediate pistes that are just perfect for kids and beginners. The resort has a welcoming family atmosphere and offers a range of fun activities for non-skier including tubing, chairlift tours and mountain biking. With 14 lifts and around 20 runs to choose from, The Lecht is the ideal choice for families looking for a quieter option.
Getting there: The nearest airport is Aberdeen, and the nearest train station is in Aviemore.
Where to stay: Hillview Cottage, Tomintoul
Hillview cottage, located in the Cairngorms Mountain Park was originally part of the Glenlivet Whisky Distillery up until 1952. The cottage retains much of it’s cosy feeling with the warmth of wood through-out the cottage. The cottage can be different things to different people, a great party house for old friends and family to get together or a romantic break for couples. With 7 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, the cottage is a larger property with plenty of room for all the family or a group of friends. It’s beautifully furnished and has a luxury yet traditional feel. Guests can enjoy the log burning fire, hot tub and comfortable living space.
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