Snow joke – you can save a fortune in Scotland

Skiing in Scotland could save you over £380 on your next holiday.

Researchers from international ferry operator Stena Line have found that Glenshee could be the cost-effective alternative to other, further afield, destinations when it comes to skiing.

Choosing to ski in Scotland over any other destination could even save you £387.46 – a 70% saving compared to other locations.

Stena Line conducted a survey asking the UK public what their dream holiday activities were, and used their findings to carry out further research to compare the prices of those activities in the UK and Ireland with destinations outside the UK.

The survey found that the UK public’s most sought-after dream holiday activities were: 1, Surfing; 2, Safari Experience; 3, Thermal Springs; 4, Whale Watching; 5, Skiing.

Using the survey results, Stena Line researchers pushed themselves to find a way for you to have a picture-perfect holiday and experience your dream activities much closer to home.

They found the best possible alternatives across the UK and Ireland. Surfing: Oahu, Hawaii vs Llangennith, Wales. Safari: Masai Mara Safari, Kenya vs West Midland Safari Park, England. Thermal Springs: Blue Lagoon, Iceland vs Bath, England. Whale Watching: Husavik, Iceland vs West Cork, Ireland. Skiing: The Matterhorn, Italy vs Glenshee, Scotland.

Outlined below is the cost of each holiday and activity abroad compared to the cost of the holiday and activity when staying closer to home. The table also shows the total savings if you swap destinations further away with ones in the UK and Ireland.

Diane Poole, travel commercial manager (Irish Sea South) said: ‘We have always known how incredible the UK and Ireland are for holidaymakers. It’s great to have this research to back up the claim!

‘We’ve found that more and more people are choosing to holiday in the UK and Ireland. With the prices of flights and long haul travel ever increasing, maybe people are realising that they can still have amazing experiences closer to home.’

Your dream skiing holiday Insta-worthy pictures don’t have to come from the most luxurious of destinations – Scotland is just as beautiful. So, if you’re dreaming of the day you can surf the slopes without putting a dent in your savings, why not consider staying closer to home and save yourself some money in the
You can find loads more information about having your dream holiday at home on the StenaLine blog.