Top 5 places for a campervan ski trip in Scotland# Itineraries
If you’re looking to hit the slopes in the UK, Scotland’s majestic mountains offer plenty of winter fun. With conditions that can change very quickly, being able to leave at short notice for a Scotland ski trip is highly advisable! That is why a campervan ski trip in Scotland is an amazing way to enjoy the beautiful winter mountains.
Campervan ski trip in Scotland: worth knowing
In general, the Scottish ski season runs between December and early April, although the best snowfall is usually found between January and March. Scotland’s ski centres offer everything you need for fun-filled days of adventure. From varying slopes to suit different levels of skier, practice areas, and lessons, to equipment rentals, ski lifts, and nearby après ski fun, Scotland promises to be a terrific winter-sports destination.
The snowy winter months don’t just offer terrific opportunities for downhill skiing and snowboarding; it’s also a great time for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledging, and simply having fun in the snow.
Scotland’s ski areas are surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Highlands. Plus, with fascinating wildlife, world-class distilleries, cultural hotspots, and historic highlights at your fingertips, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy on days when you just fancy something different. So if you’re thinking about where to go for your next campervan ski trip in Scotland, here’s the lowdown on Scotland’s five awesome ski centres.
5 places to go for a campervan ski trip in Scotland
1. Cairngorm Mountain Resort
Nestled in the large and beautiful Cairngorms National Park, the towering Cairngorm Mountain (after which the national park was named) is home to Scotland’s highest ski resort at an elevation of almost 1,100 metres. The mountain itself is the sixth highest in Great Britain.
One of the most popular Scottish ski centres, Cairngorm Mountain Resort boasts 32 runs for skiers of different abilities, running from green to black, and has 11 lifts.
Cairngorm Mountain Resort (also known as Aviemore Resort) typically has the most reliable snow conditions of Scotland’s ski centres. Although the north-facing mountain typically gets a decent amount of snow each winter, snow cannons are also used to try and ensure good snow cover at the start and end of the ski season.
The mountain is split into two parts; at the top, the Ptarmigan Bowl is ideal for beginners. The right side of the mountain is great for intermediate skiers, while the steeper White Lady is terrific for those with more experience.
If freestyle is more your thing, check out the terrain park. Alternatively, enjoy cross-country skiing at the base of the mountain through the scenic Glenmore Forest or backcountry terrain. There’s also a half pipe if there’s enough snow. You can rent equipment at the resort. Access wise, you can arrange everything from single-day to month-long passes.
The nearest main town is Aviemore, Inverness-shire. It’s home to plenty of eateries, and nearby attractions include the Highland Wildlife Park, the open-air Highland Folk Museum, Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, and several glistening lakes (or lochs). Plus, nearby Speyside boasts several world-class distilleries where you can sample locally made firewater.
Campsite near Cairngorm Mountain Resort
The Loch Ness Shores – Camping and Caravanning Club Site is only an hour away from Cairngorm and is open all year long. The Campsite is located on the south shore near the village of Foyers and the stunning Loch Ness as a background is an additional highlight. You can choose between a hardstanding pitch or a grass pitch. Both include electric hook-ups for your Motorhome.
Loch Ness shores offers next to the battery charging facilities, Wi-fi, and the recreation hall a shop to provide you with all the necessities that you need. And, on top, pets are allowed as well.
2. Glenshee Ski Centre
Spread across three gorgeous valleys, Glenshee Ski Centre is the biggest ski resort in Scotland. The resort is at an elevation of 1,070 metres and has 22 lifts. The resort sits on both sides of a major road: the A93. To the east, Glas Maol boasts steep slopes and offers top-class adventures for experienced skiers. To the west, there are several well-groomed slopes as well as the famous Tiger Slope.
Throughout the resort, runs vary from blue to black (easy to difficult), with most being blue (easy) or red (intermediate). The most challenging skiing can generally be found at both ends of the resort. You’ll find a beginners’ nursery slope close to the main car park and the resort has its own ski and snowboard school. The resort offers plenty of snow activities for families and equipment hire is available.
Snow is fairly reliable over the winter, and the resort uses snow-making machinery to enhance skiing opportunities. Glenshee also has a terrain park and quarter pipe, while cross-country ski enthusiasts will find plenty of backcountry areas to keep them active.
Located towards the south of the vast Cairngorms National Park, the nearest major town is Braemar. Incidentally, Braemar (in the Grampian Mountains) recorded the coldest ever temperatures in Great Britain!
Local attractions include Braemar Castle, Balmoral Castle (royal residence and favourite summer home of The Queen), Loch Callater, and the Braemar Highland Games Centre. Of course, there’s lots of glorious nature to discover too.
Campsite near Glenshee
Just under an hour away from Glenshee you can find the Scone – Camping and Caravanning Club Site. The campsite is open through December, closes on 5th January and re-opens on 1st March. Located in its vast estate, the campsite is a nature lovers’ paradise. Deer, buzzards, owls, and even ospreys have been spotted here. You might even find yourself sharing your pitch with one of the site’s resident black rabbits. You can choose between hardstanding and grass pitches, including an electric hook-up and the campsite offers a Motorhome service point.
3. Lecht Ski Centre
Lecht Ski Centre (also known as Lecht 2090, because it’s 2,090 feet above sea level) is a fairly small and reasonably quiet Scottish ski resort. Although it has the fewest runs of Scotland’s ski areas, it’s particularly popular with families and beginners.
There are 13 lifts and the pass prices are reasonable. Tickets are available for all periods from a day through to the entire season. The resort has drag lifts too, as well as a ski school and equipment rentals.
Runs range between green and black, with the majority being blue or red. There’s only one black route, which runs all the way down the mountain. Inject a little competition and challenge your mates at the timed slalom course. Snowboarding fans and freestyle skiers can cut loose in the snow park, while the magic carpets are perfect for little ones. Despite being at a relatively low altitude, the resort has snow-making equipment to ensure good skiing conditions.
Located within the Cairngorms National Park and in Aberdeenshire, the nearest major town is Tomintoul. Away from the slopes you can visit the many diverse attractions of the national park, enjoy Aberdeenshire’s numerous magical castles, or even pop into the granite city of Aberdeen for a day of sightseeing.
Campsites near Lecht Ski Centre
Both Loch Ness Shores – Camping and Caravanning Club Site and Scone – Camping and Caravanning Club Site are within 2 hours drive of The Lecht Ski Centre. So if you’re looking for a nice play to stay with your Motorhome. This is it.
4. Nevis Range Mountain Resort
The Nevis Range Mountain Resort is the newest ski resort in Scotland, open since 1989. The top offers splendid Highland vistas, which encompass Scotland’s tallest mountain of Ben Nevis and the sparkling lake of Loch Eil. The resort is famous for its stunning terrain and it’s the only Scottish ski resort with a mountain gondola. There are also 12 lifts throughout the resort.
The extensive beginners’ area is ideal for children and those new to the sport, and lessons are also available. No worries if snow is thin on the ground, as you can get your practice in on the artificial slopes if need be. You don’t need to worry about lugging your gear here either—the resort offers rentals.
There are runs for intermediate and experienced skiers, ranging from green to black. For a real thrill, head to the back of the mountain, where you’ll find steep, ungroomed runs for a huge adrenaline rush. Want to go off-piste? Don’t miss the exciting Black Corries, complete with cornice drops, gullies, and bowls. There’s a terrain park too, as well as great opportunities for snowshoeing and sledging.
The nearest major town is Fort William, an Inverness-shire gem. Inverlochy Castle, Ben Nevis Distillery, the West Highland Museum, and the charming St. Andrew’s Church are just a few local attractions to enjoy away from the slopes.
Plus, it’s not too long of a drive to the world-famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, AKA the Harry Potter Railway Bridge. You can even board the Jacobite steam train (now also known as the Hogwarts Express) for a scenic rail trip.
Campsite near Nevis Range Mountain Resort
Again, the Loch Ness Shores – Camping and Caravanning Club Site is just over an hour away. Being open all year long makes it the perfect starting point for your snow adventure.
5. Glencoe Mountain Resort
Boasting Scotland’s longest and steepest runs, Glencoe Mountain Resort provides plenty of thrills along its 20 runs. It has a further claim to fame, as it was the country’s first commercial ski resort. The area generally sees a good amount of snow over the winter; there are also snow-making machines on the easier slopes.
Surrounded by gorgeous Highland scenery, the resort has 8 lifts and varying levels of runs from green to black. Passes are available for anything from half a day up to the full season. If you’re still learning how to ski, Glencoe Mountain Resort has a good training area and a ski/snowboard school.
As well as the pistes, the area around Meall a’Bhuiridh Mountain and the White Corries is home to terrific backcountry terrain. Alternatively, how about mixing up your Scotland ski trip with some added mountaineering lessons? If you’re looking for local attractions to enjoy when not hitting the slopes, Skyfall Waterfall and the Meeting of Three Waters are both well worth a visit.
Campsite near Glencoe Mountain Resort
The Loch Ness Shores – Camping and Caravanning Club Site is as well only 2 hours away from the Glencoe Mountain Resort. If you’re planning on staying here, you have a great starting point to explore more than just one ski resort during your winter holiday.
Well, we’re now ready to pack up the ski and snowboarding gear and hit the road. Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed our highlights as well as tips for a campervan ski trip in Scotland. Check out our guide for campervan heaters if you want to know more about camping during colder nights. And, of course, you can rent a Motorhome suitable for winter use with us: