With winter right around the corner, discerning skiers are making plans for elaborate, upscale vacations to exotic destinations. “Go where the celebrities go,” is often their mantra.
When skiers normally think of Europe’s great mountain ranges, Scotland likely doesn’t come to mind. However, both the terrain and snow conditions compare very favorably to some of the more famous ski resorts around the world. In fact, over the past few years Scottish ski areas had deeper snow than most Alpine, Pyrenean and Rockies resorts.
Of Scotland’s five ski areas, Nevis Range is the one to visit if you like to beat the crowds. Nevis is also home to the Inverlochy Castle Hotel, widely considered one of the world’s most opulent ski area hotels. Celebrity guests have included Sean Connery, Elton John and Mel Gibson.
Built in 1863, Inverlochy is uniquely located in Nevis amongst the glens, lochs and mountains of the West Highlands of Scotland. “At Inverlochy we have placed particular emphasis on marrying the elegant surroundings and atmosphere of the hotel with a warm welcome along with friendly and efficient service,” says Jane Watson, hotel manager. “Every detail for your comfort and enjoyment has been carefully considered.”
The mysterious waters of the lochs, surrounded by the misty mountains that rise out of the earth in this part of Scotland, never fail to make visitors dream. With its very own loch, Inverlochy Castle offers one of the most stunning Scottish panoramas. The area surrounding Inverlochy Castle is rich in landscape and history.
At the foot of the highest peak in the United Kingdom, this charming castle with its billiard room and stately interiors is an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding areas in the west coast of Scotland. Each of the exquisite 17 bedrooms, all with private bathroom, has its own individual design and character, along with splendid views of the grounds and the surrounding mountains.
Dinner at Inverlochy is an experience to savor in any of three dining rooms, each decorated with period and elaborate furniture. Delectable entrees include Ceviche of Wild Sea Trout and Crab, Watercress, Caramelized West Coast Scallops, Celeriac, Apple, Truffle Pesto, Roast Veal Sweetbreads, Savoy Cabbage, Sweetcorn and Fillet of Scotch Beef, Slow Cooked Oxtail, Potato Puree. Trio of Sorbets with Fresh Fruit is a featured dessert.
With skiing up to 3,900 feet, Nevis Range reaches high onto the mountain of Aonach Mor – Scotland’s eighth highest – and offers skiing and boarding late into spring. Further up the mountain is an extensive network of red and black runs, as well as the acclaimed Boardwise terrain park. And when you fancy a change, Nevis Range offers a wide range of alternative winter activities, from sledging to snowshoeing to the wackier snow biking.
Nevis beckons visitors with great skiing, lavish accommodations and fine dining. Of course, the country’s majestic beauty is an added bonus.