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A picture of the main street in the beautiful Scottish town of Pitlochry

Visiting Aviemore and Cairngorm National Park

Britains biggest national park needs no introduction. This really is a place of towering mountains, freshwater streams and rivers, with hidden glens and deep forests. In actual fact, to give you an idea of the size of the Cairngorms National Park, you could fit two Lake Districts into it, though we love both equally.

The wonders of this magnificent park are made up of amazing scenery, history, wildlife, activities, towns and people. Visit the park at any time of year and you'll be amazed by all it's spectacular scene changes depending on the season. all of which are on an open invitation for anyone to come and enjoy, there'll always a warm welcome that awaits.

Aviemore is central to the thousands of visitors to the Cairngorms both Summer and winter and is packed with places to stay, eat, drink and things to do. A small friendly town at the foot of the Cairngorm mountain surrounded by picturesque lochs and forests. It's a relatively easy distance to get to makes it the ideal base to get out and about and explore for both long and short breaks.      

Getting Here

Getting to Aviemore and the Cairngorm National Park couldn't be easier, with numerous ways to travel - 

The easiest way to get to Aviemore and travel around is by car via the M90/A9 from the south and A93 from the east. Though take care as there are limited passing points where the road becomes twin-track A9. CityLink, Stage Coach and National Express coach companies all run services from south to north that has stops in Aviemore. 

Sit back and relax on the train, as Aviemore has its own train station. From anywhere in the South, trains run to Inverness with Aviemore being a stop on all train services. The nearest airport is Inverness and takes around 45 minutes from the airport to Aviemore.

Things to See and Do

Aviemore and the surrounding area is packed with literally tons of things to do, places to see and visit. Here is just a flavour of what's on your doorstep when you come to visit - 

Cairngorm Mountain - The 6th highest mountain in the UK offers a whole host of things to do, from Hillwalking to hiking, winter and summer sports. If photography is your thing, look no further, the scenes here are magnificent at the dizzy heights of over 2000 feet up. Guided tours by park rangers are available when booked in advance. Cafes and shops are available at various points on the mountain. More Info

Highland Wildlife & Birdwatch Safaris - A treasure trove of wildlife just waiting to be explored in the remote glens of the highlands guided by experts with years of experience. From the comfort of Landrover discoveries, you can see Golden Eagles, Osprey, Red Squirrels, Reindeer,  Rabbit, Mountain Hare and Seals to name but a few. Tours & More Info

Cairngorm Brewery - Vist the award-winning brewery and find out all about the history of the brewery whilst enjoying a tasting session with beer made using fresh mountain water. Tasting sessions take around 45 mins. More Info

Strathspey Railway - With over 40 years of steam railway travel under their belt, this group of volunteers allow us to take a trip back in time to an era of long ago. Travel along this ten-mile stretch of Highland Railways and take in the beautiful scenery. More Info

Highland Wildlife Park - From the Arctic Fox to Bukhara Deer, Camels, Bison, Tigers and Polar Bear, the park is teeming with wildlife for all the family to enjoy up close. Education-based talks help us understand more about all the animals from the experienced keepers. Drive through the main reserve in your own car or take a guided tour in one of the parks Landrovers. A raised walkway allows those who prefer to travel on foot to see all the animals in the main reserve. More Info

Sporting activities

If sporting activities are your thing, what a treat the National Park has install for you. From summer to winter, there's something for everyone.

Winter Sports - The Cairngorm Mountain is home to one of the best Ski/Snowboarding resorts in the UK with a great range of runs and uplift. There are shops and cafes on-site as well as excellent car parking. Climate depending, you can sometimes ski here up to the month of May. More Info

Hill Climbing, Hiking, Cycling, Walking -

  1. Around Aviemore and beyond there are many fantastic walks suitable for most levels. You can also take part in organised group walks and hill-climbing in the Cairngorms - More Info
  2. Cycle Hire is also available in Aviemore at Aviemore Bikes and Bothy Bikes

Water Sports - Where better to participate in water sports activities than the beautiful setting of Loch Morlich. You can take part in Paddleboarding, Sailing, Windsurfing, Kayaking and Canoeing supplied by Loch Morlich Watersports. Plus, they also offer mountain biking.   

Dog Friendly - Eats/Drinks

Finding places to eat and drink with our dogs is so important to the enjoyment of our trips away and Aviemore has a good range of dog-friendly eateries. Here are just some of the places you can find out and about - 

  1. The Boathouse Restaurant
  2. Cairngorm Cafe
  3. The Winking Owl & Bothy Bar
  4. Mambos Cafe/Bar
  5. Macduis Pub/Restaurant

Places to Stay

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NOTE - Information contained in this article was accurate at the time of publishing and should be used for guidance only. Whilst we make every effort to keep our information up to date, public information is constantly changing and therefore, no responsibility will be accepted if this information becomes out of date or which warrants this information to be inaccurate.

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