Aviemore Travel Guide

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Aviemore Things to Do

  • conference centre

    Something to do? Well, if you’re attending a conference it is.The centre is part of the Macdonald Hotels complex. I didn’t stay in any of the hotels there, although I have in the past. It’s a 5 minute walk to the center of the village, so I didn’t eat there either. I did have a couple of drinks in the bar, so I know the prices are a bit wild. My...

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  • water sports

    We went canoeing at the Loch Insh water sports centre just south of Aviemore. It's fun, but be prepared to get wet. You can rent everything, including an instructor. Lots of stuff to try!

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  • Speyside Railway

    As a frequent visitor to Aviemore I’ve often seen the steam train as it enters or leaves the station, and wondered about trying it out.On a cold, wet & windy August Sunday (yes, it’s Scotland) when we’d planned on being at the Grantown Highland Games, we gave it a go.Definitely a fun way to spend a couple of hours. It would have been better if the...

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  • Caffe Bleu

    Should a coffee shop be on "things to do", or under "restaurants"?Ah well, here goes...This place is great. Excellent coffee, plus croissants and other goodies to eat with it. Internet access, lots of seating, right on the main street...ideal place to hang out for a while.Only slight downside is that parking is very tight there. I usually use the...

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  • Landmark Forest Adventure Park

    An adventure centre set in beautiful pine and birch woods.My 15 y-o son spent Saturday afternoon there with his Scout buddies, and loved it.Check out the website for current prices, opening times & attractions.He said the food outlets were a bit expensive - fact of life, I'm afraid. He had a picnic lunch anyway. You can always eat before you go and...

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  • Highland Wildlife Park

    Our second visit here in March 09, about 7 years after the first one.It is run by The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, which also owns Edinburgh Zoo. The main attraction was a newly arrived pair of Amur tigers, from the Russian far east. You drive around part of the park (bison, wild horses, yak, reindeer etc) and walk the rest.Very good...

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  • Glenmore Forest Park

    The Forestry Commission is a big presence locally, and it has a small visitor centre at Glenmore.Useful information about the local habitat and wildlife, plus a good cafe where you can take a rest and get a good cup of coffee.No charge to go in, but you have to pay to park!You can see unusual stuff in the area. Ospreys are almost common now. My son...

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  • controversy

    Someone, somewhere gave permission for someone to build a funicular railway up to the summit of Cairngorm - the 6th highest mountain (OK, hill...) in the UK.It's in the middle of a nature reserve (or is it a national park) and a very fragile environment. That seems to count for nothing in the face of economic progress.They've built a "visitor...

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  • fishing!

    No not the high priced salmon stuff (Spey runs through town). We went to a trout farm (Rothiemurchus, I think) and spent a cheap, fun time catching nothing. We were told that was impossible, but we managed it!

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  • Carrbridge

    This is the bridge, one of the most photographed in Scotland. The lively village surrounding it boasts that it was the first ski village in Scotland, has the not-to-be-missed world porridge championships and other attractions that pale into insignificance after that.Erected by Brigadier-General Sir Alexander Grant of Grant in 1717 for estate...

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  • Cairngorm reality

    So, it was the last day possible to go to the summit. We had waited all week for the cloud to clear but it remained steadfast atop the peak in spite of its continual movement crossways.So we drove up and alighted in the carpark, straight into one of the fiercest winds I've ever encountered. Opening the car door could only be achieved with maximum...

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  • Run like hell

    I must admit I cracked up when I saw this. Couldn't stop smiling for five minutes. You see, in Australia we have something we call bushfires. Now, though American TV announcers still haven't come to terms with it and insist on calling them brushfires, they are a fairly serious thing in Australia.When the eucalyptus oil hangs heavy in the air on a...

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  • Constructions

    Thus I found myself on the trail when these plantation trees suddenly appeared and, not long after that, the mysterious rock pile. Trust me, when you're on your own in the woods in a foreign country, it can be a tad unnerving when such a spectacle comes into view.In the middle of the loch is a castle, somewhat overgrown by nature these days.It was...

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  • Rambling on

    The clouds had been over the Cairngorm early and their movement indicated that wind was about. This was reflected initially in the surface of the loch and, when the trail diverged inland, it was almost a relief from the frustration of not being able to get a reflective shot, not even in the sheltered corners.Eventually the trail swung between two...

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  • Why are you here?

    So, you're staying in Aviemore. Well, the chances are fairly good that you've either come to A- spend some time in the Rothiemurcus Estate or B- go to the top of the Cairngorm. You won't be alone.I hadn't really heard of Rothiemurcus before I arrived, but I did notice a little loch on the map not far from our accommodation that probably had some...

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Aviemore Hotels

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Aviemore Restaurants

  • Local bars

    Aviemore has a good selection of local pubs with good atmospheres and more importantly good beer. Try the Winking Owl or The Old Bridge Inn. Beer or whisky

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  • Excellent, but...

    My B&B suggested this place for dinner. I’ll often follow a lead like that, if I like the place I’m staying. It worked in Rome. Why not Aviemore.I was slightly apprehensive because the last time I’d been there was 20 odd years ago, on a fun trip with my ex. I wasn’t sure if going back was right.Well, the food was great. Garlic broth with fish and a...

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  • great roadside stop

    Walked into this place at lunchtime on Easter Saturday. The couple in the corner looked up, and then reverted to ignoring each other. The kids at the pool table paused to look at the stranger, then carried on. The bar staff perked up at the prospect of some work to do.Cute little boozer in a cute little village! Big wood fire blazing away. Snow all...

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  • Lucky find!

    I stumbled on this place as I wandered the Speyside roads looking for lunch one sunny Saturday in June. I'd noticed it several times before whilst driving past on that road, and this time took the plunge.Definitely a good move. Excellent menu, friendly but unobtrusive service, very good food AND it was good value. Cost me about £15 for 2 courses, a...

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  • fantastic pizza

    Pleasant place. Some tables have a panoramic view of the nearby Cairngorm mountains.Service was quick and efficient, if not exactly friendly. Has a well priced buffet from 12 to 4.Well worth a visit. I had a Calabrese pizza. Huge! Spicy! Excellent.

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  • Best Indian in Scotland

    Amazingly good food, very generous with Poppadoms etc without overcharging and they leave the pickle tray with you for the duration of the meal if you wish. Huge prawns in the shell, tender lamb and very fresh sauces laced with garlic and fresh coriander. This place never dissapoints. Unbelievable value to be had with their business lunch offers...

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Aviemore Transportation

  • Cycle route to Boat of Garten

    This is a 5.5 mile stretch along the Speyside way. It's a very pleasant ride or walk, it gets a bit hilly in the middle, where you get a good view of the Cairngorms. At the Boat of Garten you can see the steam railway.

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  • Never has Scottish Wilderness been so...

    Aviemore is the gateway to the wilderness and beauty of the Cairngorms National Park - because of its great transport links.Aviemore is in the broad wooded valley of the River Spey which is the only eastern gap through the Highlands and so has road and rail passing by beneath the rocky crag called Craigellachie - squeezing through as the mighty...

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  • If its too quiet for you

    If you feel Aviemore is a little too quiet for you, catch the train to Inverness, (recently made into a city).There's plenty to do, I was here once before but I don't remember much about it, the Eastgate Shopping Centre was good I remember.Also if you're planning on visiting Loch Ness tours are operated from here.

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Aviemore Off The Beaten Path

  • Carrbridge

    This village is a few miles (10 km) north of Aviemore. It has its own website, with information about events and activities.The village is not far from the main Perth - Inverness road, and is also served by the railway. You could jump on the train from Aviemore. It is well known for the bridge across the River Dulnain - see photos. The bridge was...

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  • wilderness

    On our way north to Inverness in December 08 we left the A9 at Dalwhinnie to head for the south end of Loch Ness. This took us along the banks of Loch Laggan to Spean Bridge.Talk about the road least travelled...It is remote, and felt all the more so since it was a very cold frosty morning.If you are into lochs, mountains and forests and not so...

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  • "The Long Walk-In" - Cairngorms National...

    The Cairngorms has vast wind swept plateaux of rock and alpine plants clinging to the ground for dear life. In winter its covered in snow. In summer its a dry desert - nearly always windy, breathtaking and open, free and magnificent.Ice scoured this landscape thousands of years ago to create steep sided valleys of rock - highly sort after my...

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Aviemore Sports & Outdoors

  • Scotland's winter sports centre

    Skiing & snowboarding. It's not the Alps, but it's the best you'll get in the UK. The winter weather is so variable that you can't expect good conditions even in mid winter.I took my son and his schoolfriend in February 09, and they had a lot of fun. Lots of snow - the most for many years.Getting there was tough - snowing throughout the 2 hour...

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  • 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...

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Aviemore Favorites

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    by scotlandscotour Updated Jun 1, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Here is another one to look at:

    Cairngorm Summit - Fantastic View

    Fondest memory: The highest plateau in Scotland - beautiful when like this - lethal in high winds.

    I remember being blown like tumbleweed - only stopping when my knee hit a boulder, during a blizzard with gusts up to 120 mph. Scary!

    So be prepared and read the weather forecast.

    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Mountain Climbing
    • Hiking and Walking

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