5 of the UK’s Best Outdoor Winter Activities

The UK is a great destination if you are looking for exciting activities to try out during the winter months. Yes, the air may be a little chillier and the days a little shorter, but that’s what makes these winter activities so perfect!

Skiing or snowboarding in Scotland

There’s no need to travel to the French alps for a ski trip when there are five fantastic skiing and snowboarding resorts here in Scotland! Glencoe, Glenshee, Nevis Range, The Lecht and Cairngorm are the five outdoor ski resorts in Scotland. Each resort is accessible from all of Scotland’s cities and offer amazing opportunities for skiers and boarders of all abilities. There’s also Snow Factor in Glasgow, an indoor snow resort with the longest real indoor snow slope in the UK where you can ski all year round.

Hiking Snowdon

Hiking Snowdon offers a truly unique mountain climbing experience with a very different atmosphere from its summer months. Taking on the highest mountain in Wales during the winter months can be much more difficult that hiking it in any other season due to changing underfoot conditions and adverse weather, but that’s all part of the winter experience! For the best experience, make an early start to maximise daylight. You must be properly prepared and equipped with essential winter climbing gear such as insulated layers, ski goggles, insulated boots and hiking sticks.

See the Northern Lights

You don’t have to break the bank to see the natural wonder that is the Northern Lights, they are closer to home than you think. The Northern Lights can technically be seen from anywhere within the UK, providing geomagnetic conditions are very active. Northern Scotland usually offers the best chance. Northern Scotland actually lies at the same latitude as Stavanger in Norway and Nunivak Island in Alaska where geomagnetic activity is most active. A clear, dark wintery night is the best time to catch the Northern Lights in a remote area with little artificial light.

Walking through the Lake District

Is there anything better than a fresh winter walk? The Lake District National Park in northern England is the best place to embrace the fresh air, snowy fells and frozen lakes. Covering a huge 583,747 acres of land, there are lots of walking routes to take and even mountains to climb, as here is where you’ll find England’s ten highest mountains. The Tarn Hows Circular Walk is one of the parks most popular walking trails, it’s an easy two-mile stroll around the lake with lovely views of Lakeland Fells.


For most creatures, winter means it’s time to hibernate until spring. However, winter is also a time for some of the most interesting species of birds to flock together as they migrate from more northernly regions to spend winter in the UK where the climate is milder. Birdwatching can be a relaxing activity and a great way to connect with nature whether you’re in a national park or simply in your back garden.

Explore outdoors with Best of Scotland Holidays. You can view our outdoor adventure experiences here. Each package includes a sample itinerary which can be customised to suit your requirements. You can get in touch with us today if you wish to speak to one of our travel experts directly.

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