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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.

  • Activities

    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.

    There is also the steam railway line that is well worth a journey on:

    Local Visitor Attractions

    • Insh Marsh Reserve

      Very important wetland for nesting birds and home to Osprey's in the summer. If you are interested in nature and birds: a must. Lovely walks as well so ideal for the kids.


    • Loch Morlich to Lairig Ghru walk

      The famous Lairig Ghru is an ancient route through the Cairngorms which passes between Ben Macdui and Braeriach. It is a very strenuous walk and only for fit and experienced hikers. An easier proposition is a 12-mile loop which leads to the start of the Lairig Ghru pass, starting from Loch Morlich.

    • Badenoch Way Walk

      Easy walking from Insh Marshes towards Dalraddy along the Spey. Moderate and well trailed. Good for all ages. 

    Nearby Distilleries

    • Cross Bill Gin Distillery

      Dry gin made from 100%  Scottish junipers in small craft distillery near Aviemore

    • Balmenach Distillery

      Nestled deep in the stunning landscapes of the Scottish Highlands you'll discover the home of Caorunn. Premium and small batch, the handcrafted gin is made with the care and passion you would expect from our renowned Scottish spirit making expertise.

  • Aviemore Events

    • Thunder in the Glens

      The 17th annual Harley Davidson owners' gathering for 2014 takes place on the 22nd-25th of August, with a massive ride of  bikers.

      • Start Date: 26.08.16
    • Torchlight Procession - Aviemore

      Christmas Eve procession through the streets of Aviemore.

      • Start Date: 24.12.13
    • Aviemore Sled Dog Rally

      Aviemore Sled Dog Rally is the biggest event in the British sled dog racing calendar.


      • Start Date: 23.01.16
    • The Insider Festival, Aviemore

      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.

    • Groove Cairngorm Festival

      The UK's first ski resort based festival near Aviemore. In first weekend of March and featuring a snazzy lineup including Grandmaster Flash!

      • Start Date: 11.03.16
  • Aviemore Hotels & Accommodation

    The best choice in the area is the Corrour House Hotel, at Inverdruie, 2 miles southeast of Aviemore, Tel. 810220,, open Dec-Oct. This Victorian country house oozes charm, enjoys wonderful views and offers superb cuisine.

    Also recommended is the Rowan Tree Hotel, at Loch Alvie, 1€ miles south of Aviemore on the B9152, Tel. 810207, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., open Dec-Oct. This is one of the oldest hotels in the area and offers excellent food (lunch cheap; dinner moderate).

    A fairly new hotel is the Macdonald Highland Hotel, where the rooms are very well equipped, and the food in the Aspects restaurant is apparently excellent.

    One mile south of Aviemore, at Lynwilg, is the beautiful Lynwilg House, Tel. 811685, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., a charming, friendly guesthouse with a reputation for good food.

    About 10 miles north of Aviemore at Nethybridge is the Victorian 3 star Nethybridge Hotel

    Also in Nethybridge is the comfortable Mountview Hotel with an excellent restaurant.

    There are lots of B&Bs in Aviemore itself, including Vermont Guest House, Tel. 810470; and Ravenscraig Guest House, Tel. 810278, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., both on Grampian Rd.

    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.

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