Winter activities and snowsports

If you are planning to head for the hills for some winter adventure, many of our hostels are ideally located, often providing additional services including mountain guiding, equipment and bike hire and ski tuition.  One of the best reasons to stay in a Hostel is the facilities on offer for storing outdoor equipment and drying wet gear.  There will also be other outdoor enthusiasts around to share their experiences and local knowledge.  To find the right Hostel for your winter outdoor activity break, use the accommodation search facility to contact all Hostels in your chosen area of Scotland. 

Cairngorms National Park

Whatever the season, whatever the weather, the mountains that make up the Cairngorms National Park offer exhilarating sporting opportunities.  With some of the best snow holding records in Scotland, it's no wonder that three out of the five Scottish Ski Centres are within the Park!  CairnGorm Mountain near Aviemore, Glenshee near Braemar and the Lecht 2090 near Tomintoul all have all you would expect from modern ski areas including lessons, uplift, catering and equipment hire.  In warmer weather in the mountains, take part in mountain biking, walking, maybe 'bagging' some munro’s and watching out for the unique wildlife on offer.  At the foothills of the mountains is one of the UK’s biggest tracts of natural and largely untouched woodland. They contain fragments of the ancient Caledonian pine forest which is home to a variety of animals, and a special place for walking and cycling as well as wildlife watching.

Choose from 13 Independent Hostels for your winter visit to the Cairngorms

There are 13 SIH Hostels in Cairngorms National Park around the massive mountain range:  Abernethy Bunkhouses & Lazy Duck Hostel in Nethybridge; Fraoch Lodge Aviemore; Ardenbeg Bunkhouse in Boat of Garten; Slochd Mhor Hostel, Carrbridge; Bunkhouse at the Roundhouse, Strathspey Mountain Hostel Newtonmore Hostel, Newtonmore; Gulabin Lodge, Glenshee; Braemar Lodge Bunkhouse, Braemar; Habitat Hostel, Ballater; Prosen Hostel, Kirriemuir and The Smugglers Hostel Tomintoul.

Fort William and Lochaber

Lochaber is known as the outdoor capital of the UK with a wide range of outdoor activities, from the snowy peaks of Ben Nevis to the majestic beauty of Glencoe and the Great Glen. Lochaber has beautiful mountains, hills, glens, forests and  coastline to plan your outdoor adventure. The area is famous for walking and there’s a path to suit every level of ability – from forest trails to some of the country’s highest and most dramatic Munroe’s. Nature fans can go wild spotting red squirrels, seals, otters, red deer and golden eagles – Lochaber’s Big Five.

Choose from 14 Independent Hostels for your winter visit to Lochaber

There are 14 Independent Hostels in Lochaber which are SIH members located in Fort William, Glen Nevis, Kinlochleven, Onich, Corpach, Glencoe, Glenfinnan, Spean Bridge, Invergarry, Forth Augustus, Mallaig and Knoydart

Find out more about Scotlands 5 Ski Centres:

Glencoe: 01855 851226 www.glencoemountain.co.uk
Nevis Range: 01397 705825 www.nevisrange.co.uk
Lecht: 01975 651440 www.lecht.co.uk
CairnGorm: 01479 861261 www.cairngormmountain.co.uk
Glenshee: 013397 41320 www.ski-glenshee.co.uk

Inverness and the Northern Highlands

Venture to the far North of Scotland for true rugged remoteness and a challenging, but stunningly beautiful environment. 

Choose from 22 Independent Hostels for your winter visit to Inverness and the North West Highlands 

Choose from 22 Independent Hostels in Inverness and the North West Highlands  in an area stretching from the fabulous Mountains of Assynt in the North West to the flow country in the far North and the glorious coastlines of the North East and Inverness. Hostels are found in Garve, Dundonnell, Glen Urquart, Tore, Strathhalladale, Loch Broom, Achnashellach, Kyle of Lochalsh, Drumnadrochit, Durness, Tongue, Lochinver, Strome Ferry, Rogart, Melvaig,  Thurso and Inverness