Scotland’s diverse and beautiful landscape provides a fantastic winter playground, and there’s no better time to explore as we approach World Snow Day on 20th January in the Year of Natural Scotland 2013.
The annual snow festival is a global celebration and in Scotland there will be events and activities across the country’s five ski resorts.
In addition to snow sports such as skiing and snowboarding there is a wealth of surprising outdoor adventure and activity options during the winter season in Scotland. Highlights include:
Winter Walking and Mountaineering
Scotland’s mountains offer spectacular, dramatic scenes transformed by snow and ice throughout the winter months. Hill walking and winter mountaineering are two of Scotland’s most popular winter sports. Wilderness Scotland offers a fantastic winter walking four night package to the Knoydart Peninsula, an area often described as “the last wilderness” in Scotland.
Snow tubes are large inflatable rings used on dedicated slopes or outdoors where there’s a hill and snow. Tubing requires no expert skill, just a short walk to the top of the slope then sit back and enjoy whizzing downhill either forwards, backwards or spinning in circles.
It’s safe and fun for children and adults alike. The Lecht Ski Centre offers one hour tubing sessions on a dedicated tubing slope.
Ice and Snow Climbing
An exhilarating activity for the adventurous. The Ice Factor at Kinlochlenven holds an indoor ice climbing wall made of 500 tonnes of real snow and ice to a height of 50ft. Half and full day adventure packages are offered, as well as four day winter mountaineering and ice climbing courses.
Sled Dog Racing
Sled Dog racing is one of the world’s fastest growing winter sports. The Cairngorm Sleddog Centre offers the chance to get out on the snow with a team of dogs for a truly memorable experience. Situated in Aviemore, at the foot of the Cairngorm Mountain Range, The Cairngorm Sleddog Centre offers a wide range of activities for the whole family from kennel and museum tours to sleddog trips and safaris.