Hit the slopes this winter
Snow sports in Scotland
Did you know, here at The Kingsmills we are less than an hour’s drive away from the magnificent Cairngorm Mountains? That means you can easily access a range of exhilarating snow sports during your stay with us in Scotland this winter. The snow sports season usually starts in December and runs until April, depending on the weather. So, let’s take a look at some of the activities on offer …
Whether you’re an experienced skier or a complete beginner, the Cairngorm Mountain resort is a magical ski destination in Scotland. It’s the most visited resort in the country. With 35 different runs, the longest stretching for around 3km from top to bottom, plus several freestyle areas throughout. There are three local ski schools, offering lessons from beginner to expert level, for ages 5 and up. Equipment hire is also available.
For those who prefer snowboarding, you can hire everything you need to get started. The Cairngorm’s pisted runs and freestyle areas are ideal for this popular winter sport. Again, lessons are available for all levels, from age 5.
Tubing is a wonderful winter activity suitable for ages 4 up to adult. Sitting in an inflatable snow tube and whizzing downhill, this is a great family-friendly way to experience the Cairngorms. The Spindrift is the most popular tubing attraction, at 70 m high with two parabolic turns, this high-speed slide is perfect for thrill-seekers.
Cairngorm Mountain is home to Scotland’s only funicular railway and the highest in the UK. Reaching over 1,097m above sea level, the 2km railway runs a regular service up to the Ptarmigan building at the top. From there, you can access the restaurant, bar and viewing terrace, for fantastic mountain-top views. Those skiing can also access the slopes.
(UPDATE AUGUST 2023: Please note, the funicular railway is currently out of service. Find out more.)
Visiting the Cairngorms this winter
Please check all opening times, booking procedures and safety information with Cairngorms National Park before visiting, and ensure you have the right clothing and equipment for your activity. Remember, you may need to book in advance. You should also check the weather forecast and avalanche report on the day.