Over 1,000 sled dogs and 250 mushers (dog sled drivers) are set to descend on Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands on 28 and 29 January 2017 for the 34th Siberian Husky Club Sled Dog Rally.
It really is an amazing spectacle with teams of between two and eight dogs pulling their musher on a sled around a trail of between four and seven miles. If there’s no snow, the mushers use a three-wheeled rig to complete the course. The dogs involved have all been bred for hard work and freezing temperatures and include Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Samoyeds, Greenland Dogs and Canadian Eskimo Dogs.
Sled dog racing is just one of the many winter sports on offer in Scotland. Skiing has been popular here for decades, with Cairngorm near Aviemore being the most popular of the winter resorts, with a reputation as one of the UK’s most beautiful places to enjoy the sport. The mountain is home to the UK’s highest funicular railway and there’s a ski and snowboard school for beginners or anyone wanting to brush up their skills. Non-skiers can ride the train to Ptarmigan Top Station, have a bite to eat in Scotland’s highest restaurant and enjoy the spectacular scenery from the viewing platform.
Skiing has also been enjoyed at Glenshee, since the 1930s when the uplift service used to be provided by a couple of tractors. Things are much more professional now, with 21 lifts and tows across four mountains and three valleys that provide fantastic skiing and boarding opportunities.
Glencoe is another firm winter favourite and has become especially popular with daredevil snowboarders and skiers who love the exhilarating, vertical descent of The Fly Paper, the steepest and most thrilling black-graded run in Britain. Further east, The Lecht Centre is perfect for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, but is particularly good for beginners or intermediate levels, while the Nevis Range Mountain Resort near Fort William combines the stunning backdrop of Ben Nevis with the highest skiing and boarding available in Scotland.
The Nevis range also offers some great Mountain Biking routes, or you can head south and experience the thrills of the Red Bull Run in Innerleithen, and Glentress Forest that is one of the UK’s best mountain biking centres and is part of the 7Stanes group of trails that can be found across the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.
Wherever you decide to take your Scottish winter break, at Unique Cottages we have some fabulous accommodation options. Feshie is a luxurious new addition to our portfolio set right in Aviemore with stylish décor throughout, three double bedrooms and a cosy wood-burning stove that is perfect to sit and toast yourself by after a day out on the slopes.
Another good option for a winter break is Hawthorn House in Tomintoul – a beautifully presented, pet friendly home that sleeps up to eight people with plenty of space to spread out into and easy access to the Lecht ski resort, just 6 miles away.
The most recent guest feedback the house received describes it perfectly: ‘Excellent cottage. Spacious. Comfortable. Everything you need. Lovely village with amenities. Would return to this house.’
Have a look at the skiing section of our website or call us on 01835 822277 and let our team help find you your perfect winter break.