Snowboarding in Scotland: Where To Camp
Heading to the Ski slopes
Fancy hitting the slopes this winter, but don’t want to have to leave the country? Well, have no fear as there are plenty of opportunities to hit the piste north of the border in Scotland.
Whether you are a complete novice or think of yourself as snowboarding god, you will be able to find slopes and trails to suit your level of expertise at one of the five main snowboarding resorts in Scotland:
It doesn’t take long to trek across the length breadth of Scotland, so it’s easy enough to visit all five resorts within a week or two. The weather is infamously unpredictable up north, so you’ll need to be flexible if you are hoping to make the most of snowboarding in Scotland.
For complete freedom when hitting the snow this winter, why not hire a campervan instead? This way you can move on to a new resort whenever you like, without having to worry about cancelling pre-booked accommodation or hunting for a place to get your head down at short notice.
So, where is best to park up?
In the West Highlands just around Fort William, you’ll find the Nevis Range, which reaches almost 4,000ft on Aonach Mor. You should find a good coating of snow here late into the season, so it’s a good choice if you can’t get away until the New Year, but there’s an artificial slope if things get too desperate.
Blackwater Hostel & Campsite is situated in Lochaber, so is a great base if you’re snowboarding in the Nevis Range. Price: £7 per night for camping.
A warm nights sleep
If you’ve had a few trips out on the snow before, Glencoe will suit you as it has a reputation for being a pretty tough resort. However, saying that, there has been a lot of work done on the beginner area recently, so that the whole family can enjoy snowboarding in Scotland’s Glencoe.
The Campsite at Glencoe Mountain Resort is in an ideal location for snowboarding at the resort. Price: £15 per pitch per night.
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For a magical snowboarding experience in Scotland, head to Glenshee, which Gaelic for ‘Glen of the Fairies’. Glenshee is the biggest resort in the UK, so there are plenty of runs to try out, regardless of your snowboarding ability.
Just a few miles outside of the actual snowboarding resort is The Invercauld Caravan Club Site (previously known as Braemar). Price: £5.20-£8.40 per pitch & £4.45-£6.50 per adult.
DJ decks on the slope
Cairngorm Mountain is home to perhaps the most famous of all Scotland’s ski and snowboarding resorts: Aviemore. It offers some of the best snow in Scotland throughout the winter, so if it’s a bit light elsewhere, Aviemore should be your next port of call. One of the main attractions is the freestyle park, where you can just have fun with your board.
High Range is the place to stop if you’re enjoying a few days snowboarding in Scotland’s world-famous Aviemore resort. Price: £23-£25 per pitch per night.
Looking out the window of campervan in the snow
Although it’s the smallest Scottish snowboarding resort, The Lecht does have pretty consistent snow and when it dries up they have facilities to make their own. Also in the Cairngorms National Park, the Lecht is not too far from Aviemore.
There is a large car park at the lift station at The Lecht, which allows you to park up overnight. This means you are ideally situated and it won’t cost you a penny.