Are you aware that five ski resorts in Scotland provide the best outdoor snowboarding and skiing in the UK? Encompassed by lovely Highland settings, the ski centers in the country are accessible from all the cities in Scotland and provide wonderful skiing opportunities for skilled skiers, boarders or beginners. Private Driver Scotland are renowned for carrying out luxury adventure tours of the highlands and offer a full chauffeur service. The team have put together a comprehensive guide of the best ski and adventure holidays destinations
Cairngorm Mountain is known to be among the most attractive and at times challenging areas to ski in the UK. It is also the most renowned resort in Scotland. It is situated only a short distance from A9 arterial route that runs between Inverness and Perth.
It does not matter whether you are a skier or not; when you ride on the train to Ptarmigan Top Station, you have a unique experience and the chance to view remarkable panoramic sceneries of the area nearby.
For people who don’t ski, the end of the trip provides an opportunity to visit the top shop, restaurant, and mountain exhibition as well as viewing terrace. Alternatively, you can venture outdoors to watch skiing before taking the train to return to the base station.
Climbers and walkers can walk up then descend on the funicular; however, essential conservation guidelines ban the usage of funicular for their first descent.
But, in the winter season, you have another method of descending the 400 vertical meters to the base station from the top station on a snowboard or skis.
There are a huge variety of routes available. The longest run is 3.3 km. There are 11 lifts in total, and this includes the resort (the funicular train service). It has seven green runs, that is, eight red, six blue and one black piste.
Also, the resort provides the extra attractions of a fun park/terrain for freestyle fans. You can check piste maps for information on ski run grading.
The resort is located in a region of exceptional natural beauty on Rannoch Moor. It provides spellbinding sceneries of the iconic Buachaille Etive Mor. There is an onsite campsite that has a big camping area, micro lodges, and hook-ups.
In summer, you have access to mountain biking (Downhill and XC), tubing, chairlift rides, climbing, hill walking, photography as well as delicious home-cooked meals in the fabulous log cabin café. In snowboarding, winter skiing, avalanche and sledging rescue training are present. The resort offers the longest and also the steepest ski run in Scotland.
Glencoe was set up in 1956 and presents the oldest Ski center in Scotland. It is known to be an excellent venue for a skier who is very experienced. Glencoe has stunning scenery and a huge variety of runs such as the famous ‘flypaper’ (the steepest black run in the UK). For skilled snowboarders and skiers, Glencoe is a destination that is a must-visit.
But, many people are not aware that Glencoe also features a significant plateau region that creates the ideal setting for the ones who are beginners in snow sports.
More enhancements to the beginner’s space have been carried out; there is a new Dopplmayr Button Tow (400 m) across the plateau, and there are plans for a new 3-man chairlift.
The resort is situated among 200 hectares of awesome scenery in the ‘Meall a’ Bhuiridh Massif’ which is a big basin with eye-captivating snow holding features. It means that you can ski in late April and May.
There are 20 runs, eight lifts, free sledging space (they provide the sledges, an avalanche transceiver training park, ski school, ski hire as well as two cafes with mouth-watering home-cooked meals served every day.
In summer, visitors have fun with sightseeing trips on the tubing, chairlift, cross-country, and Downhill Mountain biking (hire available). The panoramic café provides lovely home-cooked meals.
Throughout the year onsite accommodation is provided in micro lodges form. The smaller ones accommodate up to 4 individuals, and bigger ones sleep a maximum of 6 people. Also, campervan and camping hook-ups are available as well as facilities like drying rooms and showers to all visitors.
Glenshee Ski Centre
The name Glenshee originates from the Gaelic ‘Glen of the Fairies. Without a doubt, it offers you the optimal magical skiing experiences Scotland has to offer.
This resort is the largest in the UK, covering a region that exceeds 2,000 acres. It extends across three valleys and four mountains and has 21 lifts and tows.
Glenshee provides a selection of 36 runs consisting of 40 km of piste snow. Glas Maol is the longest single run and runs to a remarkable 2 km of skiing. Meanwhile, the extensive snowmaking facilities signify that the center is usually open for longer. But, this was not the situation before. People have enjoyed skiing at Glenshee from the 1930s; but before this, two tractors initially offered the uplift service.
In 1957, the Dundee Ski Club enabled the resort to get ownership of its proper initial tow. In the following 50 years, things progressed fast and, today there exists a very contemporary and uniquely Alpine feel to the resort. There is a busy café that serves hot food and drinks, while boots, skis, snowblades, helmets, snowboards and other kit are all present to hire.
A ski school also provides value-for-money guidelines. You have the assurance that Glenshee will not disappoint you, whatever your skiing ability is.
The trips described here are present for private groups of two individuals or more. They are formed to enable you to explore the amazing landscapes that the Scottish Highlands offer, while you enjoy various activities on the way. Trips are either self-drive or fully guided.
Fully guided trips offer a dedicated driver and guide all through the journey. It means that every day, the activities are pitched at the correct level. The guides make sure that everything runs without a problem and you have no reason to worry. Just relax and enjoy the tour!
When you take the self-drive tour, you will have fun with a blend of guided and self-guided activities while discovering the Scottish Highlands at a pace you choose. Drive along quiet roads through Scotland’s most stunning scenery.
On some days you are going to enjoy being in the company of a guide from Wilderness Scotland to guide some of your activities like biking, sea kayaking or biking. When you are self-guided, you get many suggestions for picturesque walks along with route maps and notes. You need to drive from one point to another. In the evening, you can enjoy superior accommodation, usually in 4 or 5-star country castles or houses.