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Aviemore

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 the Highlands.

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 of quality?"

The ecological 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 in Scotland.

 

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.

Whatever your 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 minutes.

There's always lots 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

Everything from
                              Short Leisurely Strolls to hardy Hill
                              Walks and Mountain Trails!

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 it's young.

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 special spells.

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 Hospitality!

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.