Aviemore was once a sleepy village which was later developed into a ski and tourism resort and has fallen victim to profiteering developers who have scant regard for the local community here. However, Aviemore is great for the services being offered here for visitors.
Local Sights & Activities for Aviemore
There's nothing of real interest in Aviemore. The real enjoyment lies in the surrounding mountains and forests, though there are a few interesting places close at hand.
A great place for kids is the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre in Glen More Forest Park, on the road from Coylumbridge, seven miles from Aviemore. Info - Guided walks to see the herd and feed them leave daily at 1100 and also at 1430 during the summer. Tel. 861228.
An easy circular walk of about four hours around Loch an Eilean in Rothiemurchus Estate starts from the end of the side road which turns east off the B970 two miles south of Aviemore. From the car park at the end of the road head for the lochside. The route around the loch is clearly marked and it's difficult to lose your way as it follows the loch shore. It's a very pleasant walk through woodland with views of a 14th-century castle ruin on an island in the middle of the loch. You can extend the walk by around a mile by including the circuit around Loch Gamhna. The paths around Loch an Eilein are also connected with the massive network of trails around Rothiemurchus.
The 17th annual Harley Davidson owners' gathering for 2014 takes place on the 22nd-25th of August, with a massive ride of bikers.
Christmas Eve procession through the streets of Aviemore.
Aviemore Walking Festival offers the best of British countryside with fine walks. The programme offers something special for everyone.
Aviemore Sled Dog Rally is the biggest event in the British sled dog racing calendar.
The Scottish Hydro Challenge, is one of the premier golfing events on the European Challenge Tour, which allows the Scottish golfing fans a chance to see some of the game’s most promising stars.
The tournament has seen such international players as Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Matteo Manassero, Edoardo Molinari, Alex Noren and Robert Rock grace the Scottish fairways on their ascent to the highest echelons of world golf, while local favourites Scott Jamieson, Paul Lawrie, Richie Ramsey and Lloyd Saltman have all played.
The Insider Festival, Aviemore will be back in 2015 .
True to its name the Insider Festival is all about small, idiosyncratically-named stages tucked away in the woods of the Inshriach Estate. A small crowd and a high number of artists, makes this event a celebration of music, food and performance. A perfect choice for those who are uncomfortable with festival crowds.
Epic 24 hour, 45 mile trek across the Cairngorms in teams
Aviemore Hotels & Accommodation
The best choice in the area is the Corrour House Hotel, at Inverdruie, 2 miles southeast of Aviemore, Tel. 810220, www.corrourhouse.co.uk, open Dec-Oct. This Victorian country house oozes charm, enjoys wonderful views and offers superb cuisine.
About 10 miles north of Aviemore at Nethybridge is the Victorian 3 star Nethybridge Hotel
There are a couple of good hostels in Aviemore. The large SYHA hostel, Tel. 810345, is on Grampian Rd near the tourist office and open all year.Book SYHA Hostel in Aviemore
There's also the Aviemore Independent Bunkhouse and Backpackers Hostel, Tel. 811137, on Dalfaber Rd. There are several good campsites, including the Rothiemurchus Camping & Caravan Park, Tel. 812800, at Coylumbridge; and a Forest Enterprise site at Glenmore, Tel. 861271.