6th February 2018
5 Top Spots for Snow
The British winter this year has seen us really wrapping up warm in our woollies with the shivering sub-zero conditions. Although not ideal for our daily commute, it can be the most spectacular sight to see when you are out exploring our wonderful outdoors. So take a look through top 5 spots for seeing snow, whether from the comfort of a cosy seat by a log fire, or getting first tracks on the ski-slopes, we’ve got you covered.
1. Banchory Lodge, Aberdeenshire ★★★
Known locally as ‘The Lodge’, the hotel is nestled in the countryside town of Banchory, named as the ‘Gateway to the Royal Deeside’. Surrounded in rolling hills, the hotel boasts a most beautiful location – sitting on the banks of the River Dee and looking up along the sparkling River Feugh. For wintery walks, visit the nearby Crathes Castle or Drum Castle, which are only a 10 and 20 minute drive from the hotel. The Drum Castle grounds are available to visit all year round, where you can stroll through the Old Wood of Drum to discover oak trees dating back to the 1700s. The castle, tearoom and shop are also open at weekends until the end of March, so you aren’t far from a cosy spot to warm up with a hot cup of cocoa (find out more information here). For winter sports enthusiasts, the Clashindarroch Ski Trails are just half an hour from Banchory, which is the top spot for cross-country skiing in the country. The Clashindarroch forest is the best snow-holding forest in the UK, due to it’s positioning 300 – 520m above sea level. For skiers and snowboarders, the Glenshee Ski Centre is only an hour away from the hotel so you can easily hit the road in time for the first tracks on the slopes.
2. Kenmore Hotel & Luxury Lodges, Perthshire ★★★
The Kenmore Hotel is based in a brilliant location, giving you easy access to all the winter activities across Scotland. Situated in the heart of Perthshire, means you are surrounded by top countryside towns, such as Aberfeldy (15 mins), Pitlochry (35 mins) Dunkeld (40 mins), and Crieff (45 mins). The hotel recently posted pictures on their Facebook page of snowy scenes at the beautiful Birks of Aberfeldy walk, which is a lovely circular route through snow-kissed woodlands. Discover a variety of amazing tree species, the roaring white water of the Falls of Moness and during these winter months, views across to Strathtay. For slope-seekers, 3 of the top ski centres are in easy reach of the hotel, with Glencoe (1hr 20), Glenshee (1hr 25) and the Cairngorms (1hr 40) not too far from the hotel. We currently have great offers for both the hotel and the luxury lodges so whether you are just a twosome or treating the whole gang, we have great options. Many of the luxury lodges also enjoy an outdoor hot tub, so what better way is there really to enjoy the snow?!
3. Glen Glova, Angus ★★★
The Glen Clova Hotel is based in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park so you are perfectly positioned to go exploring the outdoors in this picture-perfect place. From frozen lochs to snow-capped mountains, there is beauty to be seen in every direction. There are some lovely winter walks available on the hotel’s doorstep, one of which takes you up to Loch Brandy (pictured). This route is a 4km climb which benefits from a well-constructed footpath and can be extended by a further 5km for those looking for a more strenuous stroll. Another great walk is the Corrie Fee, only 2 miles up the road from the hotel. As a National Nature Reserve, it really is a feast for all your senses. The bowl shaped landscape is scooped out of the rugged mountainside, and there is a fantastic choice of paths for varying abilities. Glen Clova is just the spot to chill out after an adventurous day, from the cosy bar with log burner, delicious home-cooked meals and great banter from fellow nature enthusiasts.
4. Deeside Inn , Aberdeenshire ★★★★
The Deeside Inn is sandwiched between 2 of the UK’s top ski resorts, with Glenshee only 40 minutes to the south, and the Lecht 30 minutes north. The inn is the perfect place to warm up after a day exploring with its traditional Victoria décor, wooden beamed ceilings and roaring wood fire. For those who enjoy a little après ski, the hotel boasts live music at the weekends and has a great range of wine, whisky and ales at the Ceilidh bar. Known as the ‘Jewel of the Cairngorms’, Ballater offers plenty to do all within a stone’s throw of the hotel. Enjoy plentiful cafes, galleries and antique shops or visit the Royal Lochnagar Distillery, which produces one of Scotland’s most exclusive whiskies. For a whimsical winter walk Loch Muick lies 8 miles south west of the town, and is quite spectacular covered in snow. There are a variety of walking routes available, but the most popular is the circular route, which provides many spots to stop to take in the views. It’s also a great place to take the dog, so what’s even better is this inn welcomes you favourite furry friend!
Letterfinlay Lodge Hotel, Inverness-shire ★★★
Located in the “Outdoor Capital of the UK”, the Letterfinlay Lodge Hotel is the ideal place to warm up on cold days. If you are looking to dust off your salopettes, the Nevis Range Ski Resort is only a short 20 minute drive from the hotel. This resort is great for all abilities and is particularly great for some more challenging runs, and also has great access to some backcountry skiing. For a more leisurely day activity, the Commando Monument at Spean Bridge is quite magnificent dusted in snow. The memorial marks the area where thousands of allied troops trained during World War II and was established in 1942. Fort William is also only a 25 minute drive from the hotel, where there are many attractions to enjoy such as the Ben Nevis Distillery, the Lime Tree Gallery and plenty of local craft shops and cafes to discover. Back at the hotel, you can cosy up with a dram by the fire and look across the stunning waters of Loch Lochy. The hotel is particularly recommended for their scrumptious hand-crafted dishes, all lovingly prepared from only the freshest produce. You can choose from a decadent Afternoon Tea, lunch and dinner, where you can enjoy classics such as homemade soup, hearty burgers and even Prosecco battered fish and chips!
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Written by Annika Rieley, 06 February 2018.
The Great British weather is famously unpredictable, so unfortunately we cannot predict the snow. These are our top spots that have a good chance for a flurry, but please check forecasts before you book you break and travel.