Whether you're skiing, snow boarding, climbing, walking or just touring, you'll
be doing it in some of Europe's finest and most spectacular scenery.
The villages of the Aviemore and the Cairngorms area, known locally as Badenoch and Strathspey, offer
a range of accommodation, shopping and visitor attractions second to none in
In the words of Chamber
Chair, Hamish Swan, "Our uniqueness is one that any other area of the
world would fight tooth and nail for - the beauty, importance and diversity
of our world class environment - both natural, cultural and built and in
an accessible location. From Grantown to Laggan
are ten very different but all attractive settlements; we are the home of a
famous traditional dance - the Strathspey; of a
unique National sport - shinty; of a famous salmon
river and a way of fishing it - Spey casting; of whisky and of many foods
that are associated with quality from Aberdeen Angus Beef to shortbread to
Salmon . And in addition, we have a unique number of international
designations of the natural environment. What other area has all these icons
significance of the natural environment in the surrounding area, has brought recognition from Europe's top
conservationists and the Cairngorms is proposed as a World Heritage site.
Green tourism is a major part of our business with good access to the
forests and mountains, managed in partnership with the conservation
agencies, to ensure the environment is sustained for the enjoyment of
future generations. In 2003 the area became one of only two National Parks
Set within some of
Scotland's most spectacular and accessible scenery, and already renowned as
a major Ski Resort, Aviemore and the Cairngorms
remains the favourite year round highland destination for visitors from
within the U.K. and overseas.
Its central location
makes it an ideal base for touring the highlands.
preferred choice of transport, you are only a few hours away. Aviemore has its own railway station linked by fast
efficient services to other parts of the U.K. - London is just 7 hours
away. Alternatively the modern Inverness airport is a mere 40 minutes drive
from Aviemore. Flying time from London is only 90
to do and see in the area, too - Summer or Winter - from ski-ing and snowboarding to watersports;
waterslides and family fun to fishing, walking and climbing. New for this
summer is the long awaited replacement for the old chairlifts on Cairngorm -
the Cairngorm Mountain Railway - an experience not to be missed for people of
all ages and all abilities.
What to do and see around Aviemore and the Cairngorms
Within a short
travelling distance from Aviemore, you will find
some of Scotland's top tourist attractions. The Loch Ness Centre is less than
1 hour away, whilst the award winning Landmark Heritage Centre at Carrbridge is just 10 minutes away. The Internationally
acclaimed Rothiemurchus Estate is again just a 10
minute drive as is the Highland Wildlife Park. For those wishing to travel
further afield, the mystical Isle of Skye is just two hours away, with the
new bridge, getting across to the Island is now even easier than before.
For the golf addicts, there are excellent golf courses in Aviemore,
Carrbridge, Boat of Garten,
Grantown on Spey, Kingussie and Newtonmore,
all within 15 minutes - or why not visit the Carnegie Country Club at Skibo Castle, just an hour away, Greg Norman voted this
course his favourite! Whilst you are visiting Skibo,
why not pay a visit to Dornoch - the smallest City
in the U.K. (if it wasn't for the Cathedral it would be called a village).
The Royal Dornoch Golf Links,
is one of the top ten courses in the world!
And the range of outdoor
activities available in Aviemore and the Spey
Valley is second to none - from Britain's Premier Skiing Centre at Cairngorm,
to Loch Morlich Watersports,
Mountain Biking, Forest Trails and so much more.
Aviemore Highland Walking Festival
For so long the Mecca of
those who enjoy the great outdoors, Aviemore will
be staging another great Walking Festival. This is a time of year when the
area usually enjoys extremely good, sunny weather and the rivers run fast and
clear with the snow melt off the mountains. It is also a time when the trees
and shrubs show off their summer finery in a bold display of vivid greens
while the abundant wildlife is hectic (and often noisy) with its annual
rituals of housekeeping and preparing for a season of rearing and feeding
Aviemore nestles in the broad expanse of the
Strath of the mighty River Spey, between the
stunning beauty of the mountains in the Cairngorm massif and the haunting
magic of the Monadhliath mountains - both with
their caps of spring snow. Crystal rivers and lochs sparkle from the shadow
of the Caledonian Pine Forests while the moors and peat hags cast their own
So come and enjoy the
best of British countryside with fine walks, through magnificent scenery. Our
programme offers plenty for everyone - short leisurely strolls through
forests and along river and loch banks to more strenuous hill walks to the
remaining snowfields at over 4,000 feet high.
When you are not out in
the countryside, you can relax at exhibitions, talks, workshops, ceilidhs and some of the best of that famous Highland
Kinross House is 13
miles / 15 minutes from Aviemore and a much quieter
town to be based for several days. We have a sauna, drying facilities, free
flask fills and can supply packed lunches.