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Skiing in Scotland

Skiing in Scotland

You might normally associate skiing with mountain ranges in Europe such as the Alps and Pyrenees, but, as you may or may not be aware, Scotland has its own unique skiing facilities. At their highest point, the Scottish Highlands are great for skiing during the winter months, when the snow is plentiful and the slopes are perfect for slaloming down. As highland holidays go, skiing holidays are among the most thrilling.

Of the five ski ranges, the Nevis Range is perhaps the most famous due to the fact that it’s based near the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. As well as some challenging slopes, there are some of the best holiday cottages in Scotland. These include Nevis Rest near Fort William, which houses up to four people. Quiet and within easy reach of the Nevis Range, it’s ideal for people going on a skiing break in the area.

Cairngorm

The Cairngorm Mountains are also popular with skiers for a number of reasons. Like the Nevis Range, they provide visitors with a number of challenging slopes and obstacles to overcome, but they also provide more peace and quiet. An important feature of this resort is that its home to Scotland’s only funicular railway. As for accommodation, one place worth staying at is Cruachan in the village of Newtonmore, which is perfect for a small family or party of three, coming with all mod cons you expect from such a holiday cottage.

Glencoe is Scotland’s oldest ski centre, and was established in 1956. This has helped to make it one of the country’s best spots for skiing and, with all those years of experience behind them, visitors of all ages come to explore the snowy landscape in all its glory. The most notable feature of Glencoe is ‘flypaper’, known as the UK’s steepest black run, while it also has a large plateau area which is perfect for beginners. One of the best places to stay round here is Little Dunire near Ballachulish. This cottage is perfect for a family of four, having four sleeps, while it also has shops in the village of Glencoe to buy all the essentials from if needed.

Flickr Photo Credits: bob the lomond, Swiv

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