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The Grouse’s Nest

In the Cairngorms national park

The Grouse's Nest is a collection of small ski resorts centered on the iconic Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands. This is ideal cluster for you if you want to combine your winter sports trip with some whisky tasting, castle touring and munro bagging!

Although not as snow sure as their mainland European counterparts, the resorts here offer a fun and different way to explore these historic landscapes.

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Glenshee has earned the nickname 'the 3 valleys of Scotland' and when all lifts are running offers one the largest terrains in Britain. It's 3,504 ft of mountain adventure that beckons to skiers and boarders alike. From invitingly easy to the surprisingly steep, Glenshee offers the most extensive skiing and snowboarding in Scotland.

Experienced skiers can test their skills on two excellent black runs at Glenshee including the infamous, mogul field 'Tiger Bumps' which has been a formidable part of the Scottish ski experience for years.

Venue for the 1985 Smirnoff British Speed Skiing Championships, Glenshee's other black, on the left hand face of Glas Maol, is still as exhilarating today as it was then.

Defining Interesting Features
  • The UK's most exciting ski region,
  • Accessible as a day trip
  • Unique guided off-piste opportunities
Non-Skiing activities
  • Local whisky distilleries
  • Aberdeenshire Castle Trail
  • Guided hillwalking and ice climbing


Offering unforgettable Snowsports for over 50 years, Cairngorm Mountain boasts the ultimate playground for adrenaline junkies, eager first timers and everyone in between. With 30km of pisted runs, 11 lifts, a freestyle park and on-site equipment hire, it truly offers something for everyone.

The spectacular panoramas of the wider Cairngorms National Park, Loch Morlich glisten in the valley below, the shimmering runs and the crisp mountain air – bring perspective to the rest of life’s hustle and bustle and in that moment you are truly connected to the great outdoors. Snow-sports enthusiasts, first-timers and day visitors are drawn here time after time to take advantage of the endless outdoor activities and the atmosphere of this truly unique resort – all set in the heart of Scotland’s highlands.

Defining Interesting Features
  • Large Freestyle terrain
  • Backcountry and touring opportunities
  • Well- pisted runs
Non-Skiing Activities
  • Tubing park
  • Zipline
  • Highland Pony Trekking

The Lecht

The smallest of all the Scottish resorts, The Lecht is tucked away in a glen alongside the legendary 'snow road' which runs from Cockbridge to Tomintoul. Small and community owned, the Lecht is less crowded and very friendly. The location means it's hidden from the wind that can close Cairngorm. A sledging area immediately adjacent to the car park, and a gentle easily accessible nursery slope means it's ideal to start children on their snow sport journey.

Defining Interesting Features
  • Accessed by the famous 'Snow Road'
  • Great small slopes for kids and beginners
  • Very affordable
Non-Skiing activities
  • Sledging slope
  • Corgarff Castle
  • Wade's Military Road hiking trail