All Outdoor Sports - the National Centre
Aviemore is the Scottish Centre for Outdoor Sports, based upon the Cairngorm Mountains and the River Spey, together with the huge woods of conifers of the hinterland.
Ski, snowboard, mountain bike, gravity sports, street luge, ice-climb, canoe, sail, white-water raft, sled-dog, walk, ...
The Cairngorms is THE place for all this and more - because it is a huge National Park. The area is protected meaning only the serious and skilled can access the remote areas, but the area around Aviemore gives everyone a taste of this freedom, a sense of adventure, and a place to discover their limits! Everything can be hired on site, at a price.
There are activities for all levels, so just do what you fancy, and ignore the looks of fashion moguls.
Cairngorms National Park - Outdoor Sports
"Cairngorms National Park"
The largest expanse of wilderness in Scotland! Unique in Britain, the Cairngorms are synonimous with adventure, wilderness, sport, wildlife, rare species and open space. All ages and fitness come to ski, climb, bike, walk, fish and relax!
Its a place to explore, get away from everyone, to discover the Scottish environment and enjoy fresh air and healthy living, (then visit the many whisky distilleries of Speyside! )
Plus there is River Spey Salmon & Trout fishing, there's Ospreys and Eagles, Reindeer and Red Squirrels, Ptarmigan and Capercaillie, Hairy Cows and Hairy Cyclists!
The area around Aviemore is now just as popular for its more gentle walks, around lochs and castles, nature reserves and lochs for sailing, canoeing and birdwatching.
"Aviemore - enter into the Cairngorms"
Aviemore was once a small village and resting place on the journey north, a place to rest ponies, drink some ale and get your head down.
Then the railway came, opened up this delightful area to tourism and skiing developed on the northern flanks of the Cairngorm mountains.
Nowadays, Aviemore is a service centre and hub of the social life for an all year outdoor lifestyle. The centre is full of Outdoor Gear shops staffed with enthusiasts and the area boasts many outdoor activity centres. Everyone is here for the sport, the beauty and the lifestyle.
For the visitor it means they can do virtually anything and everything, either on their own or with expert instruction. And in the evening, there is are plenty of good pubs and restaurants - and frequent festivals.
Then there is the other side to Aviemore's popularity - Steam Trains, Wildlife Parks, Folk Museums, Off-road driving, Carting and Sled Dogs! There are numerous child orientated activities, the Funhouse, Landmark's water slides and tree top walkways, - and of course the fantastic Funicular Railway - taking skiers to the top of the mountain, where everyone, all year round, can enjoy breathtaking scenery - and its fun!
The only downside to all this - there has to be one - is that Aviemore itself isn't pretty. It lacks those old stone buildings and scenic village centres. Aviemore is dominated by big hotels, dubious architecture and new housing. But conscious of the lack of beauty, set within such a stunning National Park, the locals are proud and are making changes.
Aviemore has had a chequered history and was much maligned in the past. Now its looking quite vibrant and is about to undergo a major new development. Come and see for yourself!
After reading my Aviemore Tips, I recommend reading Scotland Travel Tips