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Straddling a lonely mountain pass, Glenshee is a compact but varied ski area that offers more runs than any other in Scotland: 38.

It may lack the big-mountain feel of Cairn Gorm, Nevis or Glencoe, but when the snow is good, and it’s not a busy weekend day, skiing here can be a delight. Being able to explore three different adjacent zones is a particular bonus.

Facilities include lessons, ski hire (long waits at peak times – so consider hiring at shops en route or in advance) and a cafeteria.

One lift operates in summer (£4/6 single/return) to allow hikers easy access up the 933m Cairnwell summit from which a path descents along a ridge and back down to the centre in a couple of hours hiking. More ambitious hikers can extend the hike to two other Monroes: Can nan Sac and Carn Aosada in a hike that’s doable in about five hours.

At A Glance

Glenshee Ski Centre Cairnwell
Braemar Aberdeenshire AB35 5XU
44 13397 41320
Adult day pass £29; concession, beginner and multi-day passes offered.
December - April (snow dependant) daily 8.30am–5pm; Jul & Aug 9.30am–4.15pm

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