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Glenshee Ski Resort (Glen of the Fairies in Gaelic) is one of the widest ski resorts of Scotland. It is situated right in its center, in the Aberdeenshire and the natural surroundings of Cairngorm National Park. The next closest resort being The Lecht, at the North West of the park.

Glenshee ski resort

To access the Glenshee ski resort, you can take the A93 toward Braemar or Blairgowrie, and leave your car in the 2000-parking-space car park down the station. As for Glenshee ski center, it is one of the widest ones with a total of 36 runs that cover three different valleys and four mountains.

The first one is the Glas Maol (1068 m), it is situated at the far end of the ski resort and provides 2 black and red slopes. Do not miss the 2-kilometer-long slope, the longest one on the resort!


Glenshee Ski Resort: gentle slopes ideal for beginners

Glenshee’s Second mountain is Meall Odhar. It is wide and ideal for off-piste experiences, you can even ski on two sides of the mountain. It is quite a unique site!

Central valley provides gentle slopes, ideal for beginners with 6 green slopes in one valley. It is also the place to be for eating or just having a hot chocolate right in the center of the resort.


The Main facilities are down this valley which include the ski school, the snowboard school, the car parks, the emergency center and two cafes.

Cairnwell and Carn Aosda are the other mountains, with red and black slopes. The Snowpark at the resort is situated in between, Bitchart’s Coire where more experienced skiers can test their Freestyle abilities. All in all, the resort has 36 runs for all levels of skiers and 22 lifts.


Sustainable development of the Glenshee ski resort

While ski holidays don’t have the most eco-friendly credentials, plenty of resorts around the world are striving to be more environmentally friendly and eco-conscious.

Everyone likes to flee the bustling cities for the tranquil mountains during the ski season that fuels our own passions. Yet even though we feel closer to nature, ski resorts consume a lot of energy throughout the entire mountain and in the villages.

Worldwide there are already signs of what climate warming is doing to ski areas,

which is why in the last few years ski resorts like the Glenshee ski resort, in the Scottish Highlands, have already begun to tackle it

and to be more responsible towards the environment.


Unforgettable experiences in Glenshee

Ski touring at Genshee

It is currently developing ski touring, a demanding activity which implies going up and down the mountain with your skis.

This snow sport gives access to untouched valleys of fresh powder snow, out with opening time.

Ski touring at Glenshee ski resort – Source: https://www.ski-glenshee.co.uk/Sports-at-Glenshee

Adaptive skiing for thrill seeking enthusiasts

Disability SnowSport Scotland (Glenshee) are a local group of Disablity Snowsport UK that work with individuals thhat have reduced monolity in the Glenshee ski resort.

They provide dry slope skiing at Hillend weekly and at Escape Braehead also weekly (both Monday evenings).

It an ideal place for those with limited mobility to try out the great white wintery slopes of the Scottish Highlands, shooting out lots of adrenaline.

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Adaptive skiing at Glenshee – Source: www.ski-glenshee.co.uk/

Glenshee mountain resort in summer

Bougey-in in the Braemar Golf Club

One of the main virtues of Braemar Golf Club is its year-round excellent state of maintenance.

Thanks to significant investment in a new maintenance area, a meteorological station, state-of-the-art machinery and a skilled workforce, the Club is highly committed to keeping greens, fairways and tees spotless every day of the year.

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Braemar Glof Club – Source: http://www.braemargolfclub.co.uk/website/

Visit the ancestral castle of Braemar

Braemar Castle is situated on the outskirts of the village of Braemar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The castle is the ancestral stronghold of the clan Farquharson, which is open to the public.

Braemar Castle belonged to the Earls of Mar from the late Middle Ages. The great tower of the complex was probably built around 1628 by John Erskine, 18th Earl of Mar, as a kind of hunting lodge.

It is located within a 15-minute drive from the Glenshee ski resort.

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Braemar Castle – Source: https://www.braemarcastle.co.uk/

Hotels in Glenshee

Gulabin Lodge Outdoor Centre

Nestled in a rural mountain setting, this homely accommodation is within 8 km of Glenshee Ski resort and 40 km of Pitlochry Railway Station.

The spacious, simply decorated rooms have floor heating and shared bathroom facilities. A self-contained 5-bedroom, modern-style house with a full equipped kitchen as well as a separate living room with a woodstove is also available.

An all-day snack bar and a rustic TV lounge with exposed stone walls, beamed ceiling and a fireplace are provided, as well as a kitchen and dining room.

Pets are allowed in the Gulabin Lodge, for those who refuse to leave their loving animal in their home cities.

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Gulabin Lodge – Source: https://www.gulabinoutdoors.co.uk/

Braemar Lodge Hotel ***

Awaiting you is a warm Scottish welcome, this lavish Victorian cottage which dates back to 1870 is set in its own grounds, just under 9 miles away from the ski slopes.

Each of the 7 casual rooms features an en suite bathroom, TV, DVD player, complimentary tea and coffee making equipment and free Wi-Fi. Guests can choose from four-poster beds and/or countryside views, or enjoy rustic wooden cabins with fully-equipped kitchens.

On-site amenities include a wood-panelled whisky bar and a low-key restaurant with traditional Scottish cuisine and a dining room in the conservatory. Free cooked breakfast and free parking are included.

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Braemar Lodge Hotel – Source: https://braemarlodge.co.uk/

Gairnshiel Lodge

As a former Victorian hunting lodge, constructed in 1746, the Gairnshiel Lodge has been a long-time favourite of royalty, huntsmen and travellers. Over two hundred and seventy years later, a family from Belgium who fell in love with the idyllic Scottish Highlands, discovered the lodge and converted it to an accomodation for seasonal skiers and those who wish to lodge themselves in the sweeping Scottish Highlands.

Offering a warm and homely atmosphere, Gairnshiel is a place to relax and enjoy a time to remember, a time to celebrate, a time to laugh, a time to share old stories, but most importantly, a time to create new memories.

Refurbished with due respect for the past, Gairnshiel is a place where old collides with new, where tradition engages in dialogue with the modern and with history in every pebble, this Belgian family continues to build on its incredible history.

Features all necessary amenities for a cosy stay and it is just 22 miles away from the Glenshee ski resort.

Gairnshiel Lodge – Source: https://gairnshiellodge.co.uk/

Skiing in Glenshee : the resort’s main strengths

✅ Located just a under 3 hours drive from both Edinburgh and Glasgow.

✅ One of the few ski resorts in Scotland where adaptive skiing is available.

✅ It is one of the widest ski resorts of Scotland.

✅ It is home to 36 ski slopes divided through a ski domain of over 40km.