Your Guide to Winter Sports in Scotland

Scotland is a fantastic destination for anyone looking to enjoy a wide range of winter sports, from skiing and snowboarding to curling, ice wall climbing, and much more besides, there’s something for everyone.

Snowsports Centres

Scotland is home to five mountain snowsport centres (Cairngorm, Glencoe, Glenshee, The Lecht, and Nevis Range) spread across the Highlands and Aberdeenshire, making them easy to get to form Scotland’s central belt. With a motorhome hire you can enjoy a few or all of these mountain snowsport centres at your leisure, taking in Scotland’s stunning scenery as you travel.

Scottish Winter Sports

Skiing and Snowboarding

Both of these sports are immensely popular during the winter months as thousands take to the Scottish slopes. If you’re new to skiing or snowboarding then Scotland is the perfect place to learn, with instructors on hand at every location. Before you make the trip to one of Scotland’s mountain snowsport centres it’s worth checking the weather forecast as the snow conditions can be very changeable.

Cross-Country Skiing

Another hugely popular past-time during the winter months, cross-country skiing is on offer for experienced enthusiasts. If you want to give it a go for the first time you can undertake a guided course, allowing you to enjoy the sport for the first time safely.

Curling

Scotland is regarded by many as the home of curling with bonspiels taking place on ponds as far back as at least 1541. This rich history has led to recent success at winter olympics with teams taking medals on several occasions. For beginners this is a very accessible sport that is fun to learn, there are a number of ice rinks across Scotland where you can give curling a go.

Ice Skating

There are a number of ice rinks across Scotland for you to glide across, and during winter festivals you’ll see outdoor ice rinks appear in Scotland’s city centres. Again, this is a great sport for beginners to have a go at, and is hugely popular with kids.

Sled Dogs

We can’t talk about Scottish winter sports without mentioning Sled Dogs, one of the most amazing activities you can enjoy during the Scottish winter. The Cairngorm Sleddog Centre, close to Aviemore, offers safaris and sled dog courses set amongst stunning winter scenery, and is one of only five daily working sleddog centres in Europe, and the only one in the UK.

Other Winter Sports Centres

Snow Factor

An indoor snow resort based in the heart of Glasgow and includes the longest slope in the UK. Snow Factor has a wide range of activities on offer, from skiing and snowboarding to ice climbing and sledging, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. There’s a dedicated slope for teaching if you’re just getting started and 4 ski lifts on the main slope to make life easy for you. If you’re feeling peckish after a hard day on the snow, there’s a Bavarian themed restaurant with that serves delicious food and a wide range of German beers.

Ice Factor

Located between Ben Nevis and Glencoe in the charming village of Kinlochleven, Ice Factor is home to the world’s biggest indoor ice climbing walls alongside a range of rock climbing walls with over 135 routes and a challenging aerial adventure course. The centre also offers outdoor rock climbing courses with instructors that give you the skills you need, as well as having great fun!

Enjoy Winter Sports Throughout Scotland

Hiring a luxury motorhome is a fantastic way to explore Scotland and gives you the chance to visit several winter sports locations and enjoy a range of sports with friends and family. Our motorhomes are both comfortable and warm, providing transport and accommodation for up to 6 people. Visit our motorhomes for hire page to find out more.