Winter in the Highlands

Winter in the Scottish Highlands is oh-so-magical!  Whether you want to drink in the raw beauty of the Highland scenery wrapped in its winter cloak or head to the slopes for some snow sport action, the Highlands is an ideal winter holiday destination.

From breath-taking rugged scenery and Narnia-esque ancient pine forests to empty stretches of beach and cosy village cafes, a winter break in the Highlands has a lot to offer any visitor – and is sure to refresh the spirit.

Gael Holiday Homes can help you plan your ideal winter break and make the most of this special time of year, whether you’re looking for a log cabin or holiday apartment close to a ski resort or a cosy cottage in a remote location to truly bask in the tranquil winter scenery.

Snowboarding in AviemoreTo experience a wonderful winter playground, you could base yourself in the magnificent Cairngorm National Park, the largest National Park in the UK and home to three of Scotland’s five ski centres – CairnGorm Mountain, the Lecht and Glenshee.  CairnGorm Mountain is the highest ski resort, and has a wide range of routes for skiiers and snowboarders (and has the UK’s only funicular railway).  The Lecht is situated near Tomintoul and with its excellent nursery slopes is particularly good for beginners.  Glenshee is the largest ski resort in Scotland, near Braemar in Aberdeenshire, and is fantastic for skiiers of all abilities.

As well as drinking in the constantly changing quality of light that sweeps across Aviemore and the Cairngorms, and all the atmosphere of this resort town, you could visit Britain’s only herd of reindeer and take a trip on the Santa Express with the Strathspey Steam Railway.  Browse our range of cosy log cabins and lovely holiday apartments in Aviemore to find the perfect place for your winter break.

Over on the West, a holiday home in the Fort William area is ideal for exploring all that the Outdoor Capital of the UK has to offer.  Take to the ski slopes of Aonach Mor, on the Nevis Range, and scale the mountain’s heights aboard Britain’s only mountain gondola transport.  The gondola takes passengers up to 650 metres to explore mountain trails and panoramic viewpoints.  You can then relax with some food and drink in the restaurant and bar while taking in the stunning surroundings.

Wintertime on the Nevis rangeFrom Fort William it’s only a half hour drive to the Glencoe Mountain, where you can enjoy the delights of Scotland’s oldest ski centre.  Home to the UK’s steepest black run, the Glencoe Mountain offers a number of challenging runs as well as an extensive plateau area for complete beginners.

With snow sports being weather dependent, it is advisable to phone ahead to check the conditions of the ski resort.  You can check the webcams for all Scottish Highland Mountain resorts at Highland Webcams.

From curling up in front of a roaring log fire with a dram in hand, to crunching through snowy woodland paths, to zipping down the slopes, there are a number of ways to enjoy the winter wonderland of the Highland landscape.