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.
There is also the steam railway line that is well worth a journey on: http://strathspeyrailway.co.uk/
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.